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Created at2006-02-16 08:53:46 UTC
Updated at2021-08-15 04:56:51 UTC
NP-MRD IDNP0000009
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Natural Product Identification
Common NameCaffeine
DescriptionCaffeine is a methyl xanthine alkaloid that is also classified as a purine. Formally, caffeine belongs to the class of organic compounds known as xanthines. These are purine derivatives with a ketone group conjugated at carbons 2 and 6 of the purine moiety. Caffeine is chemically related to the adenine and guanine bases of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). It is found in the seeds, nuts, or leaves of a number of plants native to Africa, East Asia and South America and helps to protect them against predator insects and to prevent germination of nearby seeds. The most well-known source of caffeine is the coffee bean. Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychostimulant drug in the world. 85% Of American adults consumed some form of caffeine daily, consuming 164 mg on average. Caffeine is mostly is consumed in the form of coffee. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that reduces fatigue and drowsiness. At normal doses, caffeine has variable effects on learning and memory, but it generally improves reaction time, wakefulness, concentration, and motor coordination. Caffeine is a proven ergogenic aid in humans. Caffeine improves athletic performance in aerobic (especially endurance sports) and anaerobic conditions. Moderate doses of caffeine (around 5 mg/kg) can improve sprint performance, cycling and running time trial performance, endurance and cycling power output (PMID: 32551869 ). At intake levels associated with coffee consumption, caffeine appears to exert most of its biological effects through the antagonism of the A1 and A2A subtypes of the adenosine receptor. Adenosine is an endogenous neuromodulator with mostly inhibitory effects, and adenosine antagonism by caffeine results in effects that are generally stimulatory. Some physiological effects associated with caffeine administration include central nervous system stimulation, acute elevation of blood pressure, increased metabolic rate, and diuresis. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated that caffeine modulates both innate and adaptive immune responses. For instance, studies indicate that caffeine and its major metabolite paraxanthine suppress neutrophil and monocyte chemotaxis, and also suppress production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha from human blood. Caffeine has also been reported to suppress human lymphocyte function as indicated by reduced T-cell proliferation and impaired production of Th1 (interleukin [IL]-2 and interferon [IFN]-gamma), Th2 (IL-4, IL-5) and Th3 (IL-10) cytokines. Studies also indicate that caffeine suppresses antibody production. The evidence suggests that at least some of the immunomodulatory actions of caffeine are mediated via inhibition of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-phosphodiesterase (PDE), and consequential increase in intracellular cAMP concentrations. Overall, these studies indicate that caffeine, like other members of the methylxanthine family, is largely anti-inflammatory in nature, and based on the pharmacokinetics of caffeine, many of its immunomodulatory effects occur at concentrations that are relevant to normal human consumption. (PMID: 16540173 ). Caffeine is rapidly and almost completely absorbed in the stomach and small intestine and distributed to all tissues, including the brain. Caffeine metabolism occurs primarily in the liver, where the activity of the cytochrome P450 isoform CYP1A2 accounts for almost 95% of the primary metabolism of caffeine. CYP1A2-catalyzed 3-demethylation of caffeine results in the formation of 1,7-dimethylxanthine (paraxanthine). Paraxanthine may be demethylated by CYP1A2 to form 1-methylxanthine, which may be oxidized to 1-methyluric acid by xanthine oxidase. Paraxanthine may also be hydroxylated by CYP2A6 to form 1,7-dimethyluric acid, or acetylated by N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) to form 5-acetylamino-6-formylamino-3-methyluracil, an unstable compound that may be deformylated nonenzymatically to form 5-acetylamino-6-amino-3-methyluracil. Caffeine concentrations in coffee beverages can be quite variable. A standard cup of coffee is often assumed to provide 100 mg of caffeine, but a recent analysis of 14 different specialty coffees purchased at coffee shops in the US found that the amount of caffeine in 8 oz (=240 ml) of brewed coffee ranged from 72 to 130 mg. Caffeine in espresso coffees ranged from 58 to 76 mg in a single shot. (PMID: 16507475 ).
Structure
Thumb
Synonyms
ValueSource
1,3,7-Trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurineChEBI
1,3,7-Trimethylpurine-2,6-dioneChEBI
1,3,7-TrimethylxanthineChEBI
1-MethyltheobromineChEBI
3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purin-2,6-dionChEBI
7-MethyltheophyllineChEBI
Anhydrous caffeineChEBI
CafeinaChEBI
CafeineChEBI
CoffeinChEBI
GuaranineChEBI
KoffeinChEBI
MateinaChEBI
MethyltheobromineChEBI
TeinaChEBI
TheinChEBI
TheineChEBI
RespiaKegg
1,3,7-Trimethyl-3,7-dihydro-1H-purine-2,6-dioneHMDB
1-Methyl-theobromineHMDB
3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dioneHMDB
7-Methyl theophyllineHMDB
Anhydrous caffeine (JP15)HMDB
HycomineHMDB
LanorinalHMDB
MethyltheobromideHMDB
Methylxanthine theophyllineHMDB
Monohydrate caffeineHMDB
PropoxypheneHMDB
Merck dura brand OF caffeineHMDB
Thompson brand 1 OF caffeineHMDB
Bristol-myers squibb brand OF caffeineHMDB
CaffedrineHMDB
DexitacHMDB
Percoffedrinol NHMDB
Pierre fabre brand OF caffeineHMDB
Republic drug brand OF caffeineHMDB
Thompson brand 2 OF caffeineHMDB
VivarinHMDB
Coffeinum NHMDB
Coffeinum purrumHMDB
DurvitanHMDB
GlaxoSmithKline brand OF caffeineHMDB
No dozHMDB
PercutaféineHMDB
Quick-pepHMDB
Seid brand OF caffeineHMDB
Berlin-chemie brand OF caffeineHMDB
Passauer brand OF caffeineHMDB
Quick pepHMDB
QuickPepHMDB
Chemical FormulaC8H10N4O2
Average Mass194.1906 Da
Monoisotopic Mass194.08038 Da
IUPAC Name1,3,7-trimethyl-2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1H-purine-2,6-dione
Traditional Namecaffeine
CAS Registry Number58-08-2
SMILES
CN1C=NC2=C1C(=O)N(C)C(=O)N2C
InChI Identifier
InChI=1S/C8H10N4O2/c1-10-4-9-6-5(10)7(13)12(3)8(14)11(6)2/h4H,1-3H3
InChI KeyRYYVLZVUVIJVGH-UHFFFAOYSA-N
Spectra
Spectrum TypeDescriptionDepositor IDDeposition DateView
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 500 MHz, CDCl3, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
1D NMR1H NMR Spectrum (1D, 90 MHz, CDCl3, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
1D NMR13C NMR Spectrum (1D, 25.16 MHz, CDCl3, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
2D NMR[1H, 1H] 2D NMR Spectrum (experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
2D NMR[1H, 13C] NMR Spectrum (2D, 600 MHz, CDCl3, experimental)Wishart Lab2021-06-20View Spectrum
Species
Species of Origin
Species NameSourceReference
Camellia assamicaKNApSAcK Database
Camellia irawadiensisKNApSAcK Database
Camellia kissiKNApSAcK Database
Camellia sinensisKNApSAcK Database
Camellia sinensis var. sinensisKNApSAcK Database
Camellia taliensisKNApSAcK Database
Camellia theaKNApSAcK Database
Camellia toliensisKNApSAcK Database
Carica papayaKNApSAcK Database
Citrus limonKNApSAcK Database
Citrus maximaKNApSAcK Database
Citrus paradisiKNApSAcK Database
Coffea arabicaKNApSAcK Database
Coffea canephoraKNApSAcK Database
Coffea dewevreiKNApSAcK Database
Coffea eugeniodesKNApSAcK Database
Coffea eugenioidesKNApSAcK Database
Coffea excelsaKNApSAcK Database
Coffea kianjavatensisKNApSAcK Database
Coffea libericaKNApSAcK Database
Coffea racemosaKNApSAcK Database
Coffea salvatrixKNApSAcK Database
Coffea sppKNApSAcK Database
Coffea spp.KNApSAcK Database
Cola acuminataKNApSAcK Database
Cola sp.KNApSAcK Database
Cola spp.KNApSAcK Database
Firmiana simplexKNApSAcK Database
Ilex cornutaKNApSAcK Database
Ilex paraguariensisKNApSAcK Database
Ilex paraguayensisKNApSAcK Database
Paullinia cupanaKNApSAcK Database
Paullinia trifoliataKNApSAcK Database
Scurrula atropurpureaKNApSAcK Database
Thea siensisKNApSAcK Database
Theobroma cacaoKNApSAcK Database
Theobroma grandiflorumKNApSAcK Database
Species Where Detected
Species NameSourceReference
Homo sapiens (Urine)KNApSAcK Database
Chemical Taxonomy
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as xanthines. These are purine derivatives with a ketone group conjugated at carbons 2 and 6 of the purine moiety.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganoheterocyclic compounds
ClassImidazopyrimidines
Sub ClassPurines and purine derivatives
Direct ParentXanthines
Alternative Parents
Substituents
  • Xanthine
  • Purinone
  • 6-oxopurine
  • Alkaloid or derivatives
  • Pyrimidone
  • Pyrimidine
  • N-substituted imidazole
  • Heteroaromatic compound
  • Vinylogous amide
  • Imidazole
  • Azole
  • Urea
  • Lactam
  • Azacycle
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Organic oxide
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Aromatic heteropolycyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic heteropolycyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physical Properties
StateSolid
Experimental Properties
PropertyValueReference
Melting Point238 °Chttps://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/caffeine#section=Melting-Point
Boiling Point178 °Chttps://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/caffeine#section=Boiling-Point
Water Solubility21.6 mg/mL at 25 °CNot Available
LogP-0.07HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
Predicted Properties
PropertyValueSource
Water Solubility11 g/LALOGPS
logP-0.24ALOGPS
logP-0.55ChemAxon
logS-1.2ALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Basic)-0.92ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count3ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area58.44 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count0ChemAxon
Refractivity49.83 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability18.95 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings2ChemAxon
BioavailabilityYesChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
External Links
HMDB IDHMDB0001847
DrugBank IDDB00201
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB002100
KNApSAcK IDC00001492
Chemspider ID2424
KEGG Compound IDC07481
BioCyc ID1-3-7-TRIMETHYLXANTHINE
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkCaffeine
METLIN ID1455
PubChem Compound2519
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID27732
Good Scents IDrw1014161
References
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