Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a recently cloned cytokine that is exclusively produced by activated T cells, but its receptor has been found on several cells and tissues. Like other proinflammatory cytokines produced by activated T cells, IL-17 may affect osteoclastic resorption and thereby mediate bone destruction accompanying some inflammatory diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether osteogenic cells possess the receptor for IL-17 (IL-17R) and whether IL-17 affects osteoclastic resorption. We found that IL-17R mRNA is expressed both in mouse MC3T3-E1 osteoblastic cells and fetal mouse long bones, suggesting that osteogenic cells may be responsive to IL-17. In fetal mouse long bones, IL-17 had no effect on basal and IL-1β–stimulated osteoclastic bone resorption, but when given together with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) it increased bone resorption dose dependently in serum-free conditions. In addition, IL-17 increased TNF-α–induced IL-1α, IL-1β, and IL-6 mRNA expression in fetal mouse metatarsals and IL-1α and IL-6 mRNA expression in MC3T3-E1 cells. In conclusion, IL-17R mRNA was expressed by mouse osteoblastic cells and fetal mouse long bones, and IL-17 in combination with TNF-α, but not IL-1β, increased osteoclastic resorption in vitro. IL-17 may therefore affect bone metabolism in pathological conditions characterized by the presence of activated T cells and TNF-α production such as rheumatoid arthritis and loosening of bone implants.