Complement-Dependent Stimulation of Prostaglandin Synthesis and Bone Resorption

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Science  30 Aug 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4153, pp. 789-791
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4153.789


Complement-sufficient heterologous serum induced prostaglandin synthesis and resultant resorption in cultures of fetal rat long bones. Bone resorption was enhanced with unheated normal rabbit serum as compared to heated serum or serum from rabbits lacking the sixth component of complement (C6). Addition of functionally purified C6 restored resorptive activity in C6-deficient serum. Concentrations of prostaglandin E were increased in the culture media of bones incubated with complement-sufficient serum. The resorptive effects of active serum as well as the appearance of prostaglandin E in the media were inhibited by indomethacin.