The aim of this study is to investigate the induction of interleukin-34 (IL-34) and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) mRNA by inflammatory cytokines and the involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in this signaling pathway in human osteoblasts as both IL-34 and M-CSF bind to the same receptor c-FMS. Among four inflammatory cytokines [(IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)], IL-34 mRNA expression level was dramatically induced by IL-1β (17-fold) and TNF-α (74-fold). IL-1β and TNF-α activated the intracellular mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs): p44/42 MAPK, p38, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) as well as nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) in osteoblasts. IL-1β- and TNF-α-mediated induction of IL-34 mRNA expression was decreased by JNK inhibitor. Interestingly, although treatment of MEK-1/2 inhibitor showed no reduction in the increase of IL-34 mRNA expression by cytokines, combination of MEK-1/2 inhibitor and JNK inhibitor significantly inhibited IL-1β- and TNF-α-mediated IL-34 mRNA expression level compared to those by each inhibitor alone. On the other hand, M-CSF mRNA expression level was significantly induced by both IL-1β and TNF-α by up to 7- and 11-fold, respectively. IL-1β- and TNF-α-mediated induction of M-CSF mRNA was not affected by p38, JNK, and MEK-1/2 inhibitors. However, NF-κB inhibitor completely inhibited the elevation of M-CSF mRNA expression by these cytokines. These results showed that proinflammatory cytokines, IL-1β and TNF-α, induced the expression of IL-34 mRNA via JNK and p44/42 MAPK but not p38 in human osteoblasts while p38, JNK, and p44/42 MAPK were not involved in the induction of M-CSF mRNA expression by these cytokines.