Disulfiram and erythrocyte aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibition.


During disulfiram therapy erythrocyte aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) was fully inhibited. The time for total loss of erythrocyte ALDH activity ranged from 36 to 120 hr. In contrast to the 85% recovery of in vitro disulfiram-inhibited ALDH activity, this in vivo disulfiram-ALDH inhibition could not be reversed by mercaptoethanol. It is proposed that the in… (More)