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The molecule of the day is: Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the most popular molecules in the world, mainly because it is the most interesting ingredient in coffee. Caffeine belongs to the purine class of molecules, which figure prominently in some of the most fundamental processes of the cell, such as replication, transcription, translation, energy metabolism, and signalling. Caffeine itself is thought to exert its effects as an adenosine receptor agonist, but the effects are likely to be more broad than that, due to its similarity with other purines. This would be consistent with the disparate physiological effects of this mild stimulant. Taken in excess, it can result in the jitters, or even an anesthetic effect, which is probably not very healthful. In moderation, the effects may be beneficial.

other names: 1,3,7-Trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine 1H-Purine-2,6-dione, 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl- 3,7-Dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione 58-08-2 Alert-Pep Cafamil Cafecon Cafeina Caffein Caffeine, synthetic Caffine Cafipel Coffeine Eldiatric C Guaranine Koffein Mateina Methyltheobromide Methyltheobromine NCI-C02733 NSC5036 Nix Nap No-Doz Nodaca Refresh'n Stim Thein Theine Theobromine, 1-methyl- Theophylline, 7-methyl WLN: T56 BN DN FNVNVJ B1 F1 H1 Xanthine, 1,3,7-trimethyl component of A.S.A. Compound component of A.S.A. and Codeine Compound component of Ansemco 2 component of Cafergot component of Dilone component of Midol component of P-A-C Compound component of Percobarb component of Percodan component of Phensal

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molecule directory: 54254

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pdb file, 54254.pdb
CAS: 58-08-2

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updated Tue Aug 19 19:45:09 EDT 2008

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