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Front. Immunol. | doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.02670

Betaine Inhibits Interleukin-1β Production and Release: Potential Mechanisms

  • 1Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition Control, Institute of Subtropical Animal Nutrition and Feed,College of Animal Science, South China Agricultural University, China
  • 2Institute of Subtropical Agriculture (CAS), China

Betaine is a critical nutrient for mammal health, and has been found to alleviate inflammation by lowering interleukin (IL)-1β secretion; however, the underlying mechanisms by which betaine inhibits IL-1β secretion remain to be uncovered. In this review, we summarize the current understanding about the mechanisms of betaine in IL-1β production and release. For IL-1β production, betaine affects canonical and non-canonical inflammasome-mediated processing of IL-1β through signaling pathways, such as NF-κB, NLRP3 and caspase-8/11. For IL-1β release, betaine inhibits IL-1β release through blocking the exocytosis of IL-1β-containing secretory lysosomes, reducing the shedding of IL-1β-containing plasma membrane microvesicles, suppressing the exocytosis of IL-1β-containing exosomes, and attenuating the passive efflux of IL-1β across hyperpermeable plasma membrane during pyroptotic cell death, which are associated with ERK1/2/PLA2 and caspase-8/A-SMase signaling pathways. Collectively, this review highlights the anti-inflammatory property of betaine by inhibiting the production and release of IL-1β, and indicates the potential application of betaine supplementation as an adjuvant therapy in various inflammatory diseases associating with IL-1β secretion.

Keywords: Betaine, caspase-8, IL-1β, Inflammation, Inflammasome

Received: 19 Aug 2018; Accepted: 29 Oct 2018.

Edited by:

Alexander G. Haslberger, Universität Wien, Austria

Reviewed by:

Hailong Song, University of Missouri, United States
Zhuoran Yin, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United States  

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* Correspondence: Prof. Wenkai Ren, South China Agricultural University, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition Control, Institute of Subtropical Animal Nutrition and Feed,College of Animal Science, Guangzhou, 510642, Guangdong Province, China,