Reaction: (1) a primary alcohol + NAD+ = an aldehyde + NADH + H+
(2) a secondary alcohol + NAD+ = a ketone + NADH + H+
Other name(s): aldehyde reductase; ADH; alcohol dehydrogenase (NAD); aliphatic alcohol dehydrogenase; ethanol dehydrogenase; NAD-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase; NAD-specific aromatic alcohol dehydrogenase; NADH-alcohol dehydrogenase; NADH-aldehyde dehydrogenase; primary alcohol dehydrogenase; yeast alcohol dehydrogenase
Systematic name: alcohol:NAD+ oxidoreductase
Comments: A zinc protein. Acts on primary or secondary alcohols or hemi-acetals with very broad specificity; however the enzyme oxidizes methanol much more poorly than ethanol. The animal, but not the yeast, enzyme acts also on cyclic secondary alcohols.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EAWAG-BBD , EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9031-72-5
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