Tetracycline derivatives induce apoptosis selectively in cultured monocytes and macrophages but not in mesenchymal cells.

Evidence for a non-antibiotic activity displayed by certain tetracycline derivatives is presented. This activity is a selective cytotoxicity toward cells of the monocytic lineage (the human histiocytic lymphoma U937 cell line and the mouse macrophage line RAW264) but not toward various cells of a mesenchymal lineage (including primary ovine articular… CONTINUE READING