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Association of caffeine and related analytes with resistance to Parkinson’s disease among LRRK2 mutation carriers: a metabolomic study

Citation

Crotty, Grace F et al. (2021), Association of caffeine and related analytes with resistance to Parkinson’s disease among LRRK2 mutation carriers: a metabolomic study, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.nzs7h44pj

Abstract

Objective: To identify markers of resistance to developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) among LRRK2 mutation (LRRK2+) carriers, we carried out metabolomic profiling in individuals with PD and unaffected controls (UC), with and without the LRRK2 mutation. Methods: Plasma from 368 PD and UC subjects in the LRRK2 Cohort Consortium (LCC), comprising 118 LRRK2+/PD+, 115 LRRK2+/UC, 70 LRRK2-/PD+ and 65 LRRK2-/UC, and CSF available from 68 of them were analyzed by liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry. For 282 analytes quantified in plasma and CSF, we assessed differences among the four groups and interactions between LRRK2 and PD status, using ANCOVA models adjusted by age, study site cohort, and sex, with p-value corrections for multiple comparisons.

Results: Plasma caffeine concentration was lower in PD vs. UC subjects (p<0.001), more so among LRRK2+ carriers (by 76%) than among LRRK2- subjects (by 31%), with significant interaction between LRRK2 and PD status (p=0.005). Similar results were found for caffeine metabolites (paraxanthine, theophylline, 1-methylxanthine) and a non-xanthine marker of coffee consumption (trigonelline) in plasma, and in the subset of corresponding CSF samples. Dietary caffeine was also lower in LRRK2+/PD+ compared to LRRK2+/UC with significant interaction effect with the LRRK2+ mutation (p <0.001).

Conclusions: Metabolomic analyses of the LCC samples identified caffeine, its demethylation metabolites, and trigonelline as prominent markers of resistance to PD linked to pathogenic LRRK2 mutations, more so than to idiopathic PD. As these analytes are known both as correlates of coffee consumption and as neuroprotectants in animal PD models, the findings may reflect their avoidance by those predisposed to develop PD or their protective effects among LRRK2 mutation carriers.