Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Reaction:

Superclasses: Reactions Classified By Conversion Type Simple Reactions Chemical Reactions
Reactions Classified By Substrate Small-Molecule Reactions

EC Number:

Enzymes and Genes:
ethanol dehydrogenase / alcohol dehydrogenase Inferred from experiment : adhP
aldehyde-alcohol dehydrogenase Inferred from experiment : adhE

The reaction direction shown, that is, A + B ↔ C + D versus C + D ↔ A + B, is in accordance with the Enzyme Commission system.

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Mass balance status: Balanced.

Instance reaction:
ethanol + NAD+ ↔ acetaldehyde + NADH + H+ (

Enzyme Commission Primary Name: alcohol dehydrogenase

Enzyme Commission Synonyms: 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

Acts on primary or secondary alcohols or hemiacetals.

Enzyme Commission Summary:
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.

Citations: [Jornvall77a, THEORELL58]

Gene-Reaction Schematic: ?

Gene-Reaction Schematic

Instance reaction of [a primary alcohol + NAD+ ↔ an aldehyde + NADH + H+] (
i1: ethanol + NAD+ ↔ acetaldehyde + NADH + H+ (

Relationship Links: BRENDA:EC: , ENZYME:EC: , IUBMB-ExplorEnz:EC:


Jornvall77a: Jornvall H (1977). "Differences between alcohol dehydrogenases. Structural properties and evolutionary aspects." Eur J Biochem 72(3);443-52. PMID: 320001

THEORELL58: THEORELL H (1958). "Kinetics and equilibria in the liver alcohol dehydrogenase system." Adv Enzymol Relat Subj Biochem 20;31-49. PMID: 13605979

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Please cite the following article in publications resulting from the use of EcoCyc: Nucleic Acids Research 41:D605-12 2013
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