, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 946–948 | Cite as

Acetaldehyde oxidation inDrosophila null-mutants for alcohol dehydrogenase

  • F. Garcin
  • C. Larochelle
  • G. Lau You Hin
  • J. Côté
Short Communications Genetics, Developmental Biology


Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity is demonstrated in four strains ofD. melanogaster lacking active alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH-null mutants). In the four strains, ALDH activities are similar to those found in a wild strain. It is concluded that ADH-null flies are able to detoxify acetaldehyde. This finding is discussed in relation with the dual function of ADH proposed recently.

Key words

Acetaldehyde oxydation alcohol dehydrogenase aldehyde dehydrogenase Drosophila melanogaster Drosophila simulans ethanol catabolism null-mutants for alcohol dehydrogenase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Garcin
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Larochelle
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Lau You Hin
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Côté
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Neuropsychopharmacologie et Neurotoxicologie, Unité de Recherche sur l'Abus des Drogues et de l'Alcool (Unité RADA)Hôpital St-François d'AssiseCanada
  2. 2.Département de Pharmacologie, Faculté de MédecineUniversité LavalCanada

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