Interleukin-6 and soluble interleukin-2-receptor in psoriatic arthritis: correlations with clinical and laboratory parameters

Clin Exp Rheumatol. Jul-Aug 1996;14(4):413-6.


Objective: In this study we evaluated the relationships of IL-6 and sIL-2R levels with the main clinical and laboratory parameters in PsA patients with peripheral polyarthritis.

Methods: Serum levels of IL-6 and sIL-2R were measured by an enzyme immunoassay kit in patients with peripheral (< 4 joints) PsA (n = 47), with RA (n = 41), or with psoriasis (N = 15) and in healthy volunteers (n = 15)

Results: The patients with PsA had higher serum levels of IL-6 and sIL-2R than healthy volunteers and psoriatic patients, while they showed lower levels of IL-6 and sIL-2R than RA patients. We found abnormal values for IL-6 and sIL-2R in 63.8% and 57.4% of PsA patients, respectively. IL-6 levels correlated with the number of painful and swollen joints, RAI, physician's assessment, CRP and ESR, while sIL-2R levels correlated only with the number of swollen joints, the physician's assessment and ESR. IL-6 and sIL-2R correlated with each other.

Conclusion: Our study shows that IL-6 and sIL-2R may play a role in the pathogenetic mechanism of psoriatic arthritis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / blood*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / drug therapy
  • Blood Sedimentation
  • C-Reactive Protein / metabolism
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-6 / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prednisone / therapeutic use
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2 / blood*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Interleukin-6
  • Receptors, Interleukin-2
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Prednisone