IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: alkan-1-ol dehydrogenase (acceptor)

Reaction: primary alcohol + acceptor = aldehyde + reduced acceptor

Other name(s): polyethylene glycol dehydrogenase; alkan-1-ol:(acceptor) oxidoreductase

Systematic name: alkan-1-ol:acceptor oxidoreductase

Comments: A quinoprotein. Acts on C3-C16 linear-chain saturated primary alcohols, C4-C7 aldehydes and on non-ionic surfactants containing polyethylene glycol residues, such as Tween 40 and 60, but not on methanol and only very slowly on ethanol. 2,6-Dichloroindophenol can act as acceptor. cf. EC alcohol dehydrogenase (acceptor).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 75496-55-8


1. Kawai, F., Kimura, T., Tani, Y., Yamada, H., Ueno, T. and Fukami, H. Identification of reaction-products of polyethylene-glycol dehydrogenase. Agric. Biol. Chem. 47 (1983) 1669-1671.

2. Kawai, F., Yamanaka, H., Ameyama, M., Shinagawa, E., Matsushita, K. and Adachi, O. Identification of the prosthetic group and further characterization of a novel enzyme, polyethylene-glycol dehydrogenase. Agric. Biol. Chem. 49 (1985) 1071-1076.

[EC created 1989]

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