Removal of acetaldehyde from the body.

  title={Removal of acetaldehyde from the body.},
  author={Richard A. Deitrich and Dennis Petersen and Vasilis Vasiliou},
  journal={Novartis Foundation symposium},
  pages={23-40; discussion 40-51, 198-9}
The reduction of acetaldehyde back to ethanol via NAD-linked alcohol dehydrogenase is an important mechanism for keeping acetaldehyde levels low following ethanol ingestion. However, this does not remove acetaldehyde from the body, but just delays its eventual removal. Acetaldehyde is removed from the body primarily by oxidation to acetate via a number of NAD-linked aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzymes. There are nineteen known ALDHs in humans, but only a few of them appear to be involved in… CONTINUE READING
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