This study was designed to explore the effects of rotative stress on carbonic anhydrase II (CAII), TNF receptor superfamily member 6 (FAS), FAS ligand (FASL), osteoclast-associated receptor (OSCAR), and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) gene expression in osteoclasts. Osteoclasts were induced from RAW264.7 cells cultured in medium containing recombinant murine soluble receptor activator of NF-Kβ ligand (sRANKL). The mRNA and protein expression of CAII, FAS, FASL, OSCAR, and TRAP genes in osteoclasts was detected by RT-PCR and Western blot, respectively, after osteoclasts were loaded at various rotative stress strengths and times. No significant differences in mRNA and protein expression were observed between any of the control groups (P > 0.05). Importantly, rotative stress had a significant effect on the mRNA and protein expression of these genes (P < 0.05). We found a negative relationship between rotative stress strength and prolonged loading time and the expression of FAS/FASL genes in osteoclasts. In addition, there was a positive relationship between rotative stress strength and prolonged loading time and the expression of CAII, OSCAR, or TRAP genes in osteoclasts. Based on these results, rotative stress has a significant effect on CAII, FAS, FASL, OSCAR, and TRAP gene expression in osteoclasts. J. Cell. Biochem. 114: 388–397, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.