June 3, 2015
G Renda et al, 2015, Genetic determinants of cognitive responses to caffeine drinking identified from a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, European Neuropsycopharmacology, Volume 25.
The widely observed between-subject variability in cognitive responses to coffee may have a genetic basis.
We evaluated cognitive responses to caffeine throughout three complex cognitive tasks assessing different subdomains of attention, namely Alerting and Orienting (Categorical Search Task) and Executive Control (Stroop Task and Eriksen Flanker Task). We explored whether they are influenced by gene variants affecting adenosine metabolism or catecholamine receptors.
We recruited 106 healthy male subjects who were administered, in a double-blind design, 40 mL of either a decaffeinated coffee preparation plus 3 mg/kg caffeine (caf) or the corresponding vehicle (decaf). The protocol was repeated 24 h later with the alternative preparation. Cognitive tasks were performed between 30 min and 2 h after caf or decaf administration. Each subject underwent ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for 2 h. Blood samples were collected for genetic evaluations and for plasma caffeine and catecholamines measures.
We found a significant reduction of reaction times in two of the cognitive tasks (Categorical Search Task and Stroop Task) after caf compared with decaf, indicating that caffeine, on average, improved the attention level in the domains under investigation. We also found, however, a great inter-individual variability in the cognitive performance responses to caffeine. In exploring genetic sources for such variability, we found a relation between polymorphisms of adenosine A2A and the caffeine effects on the attentional domains of Orienting and Executive control.
In conclusion, variability in the attentional response to coffee may be partly explained by genetic polymorphisms of adenosine and adrenergic receptors.
Ja tak, jeg vil gerne modtage nyhedsbrev, når der er noget nyt om kaffe og helbred.