Jump to content

Caffeine may enhance lifespan


Recommended Posts

A good news for all the coffee junkies. First it became apparent that coffee is not as strong a diuretic as believed initially. Now a report from Wanke et al. (Mol Mic, 2008) showed that caffeine targets the TORC1-Sch9-Rim15 phosphorylation cascade that is believed to be involved in increasing lifespan in nutrient limited organisms. As this cascade is highly conserved it may also have an effect on humans (the study was conducted with Saccharomyces cerevisae).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting. Double espressos for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

 

Edit: No wait, I don't like coffee. Better stock up on some high-caffeine energy drinks then. Or just put some pure caffeine in hot chocolate.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I hate to be a spoiler of this good atmosphere but I don't know if we can extrapolate from yeast to man in that way even if genes are conserved there are whole modules of gene control which are not taken into account for a motile organism which is independent of its environment- I would still stick to decaffinated mocha latte :)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, that is obvious of course. But then for instance mouse models are sometimes used to explain phenomena in humans that for ethical concerns can not be conducted. And sometimes the pathways are not as conserved.

But the real reason of course is that it justifies coffee/tea consumption. The main thing that keeps a lab running ;)

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...
  • 3 weeks later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.