Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Favorite Organic Molecule: Trimethylxanthine

My favorite molecule is water, which goes great with my favorite organic molecule Trimethylxanthine also known as caffeine. I consume Trimethylxanthine almost every day either in coffee, tea, or chocolate. This organic molecule works on the body by blocking the breakdown of cylic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). cAMP carries glucagon and adrenaline. Therefore when caffeine is consumed, the breakdown of cAMP does not occur, which leaves cAMP to carry more glucagon and adrenaline. The extra adrenaline then causes the heart rate to increase and blood vessels constrict (which causes an increase in blood pressure). For some people this increase in adrenaline gives them the ability to focus better because they feel more alert, for others it is more difficult to concentrate because they report feeling “jittery”.
Caffeine is a methyl group bonded to a xanthine group which gives it the following structure.   

1 comment:

  1. Yes, how can you not love caffeine? It's in almost every drink! I drink coffee almost everyday, and now I know how caffeine works in the body. Thank you for sharing the information :)