Dionysian mysteries: The aldehyde dehydrogenase family
Do you have friends that can't handle alcoholic drinks? Just half a pint of beer or a few sips of wine, and their faces turn red, possibly with some hangover symptoms, such as headaches and nausea?
You may envy their cheap night out, but wonder what's going on. The phenomenon is called ‘alcohol flush reaction’, sometimes called ‘Asian flush syndrome’. It is a condition caused by the accumulation of acetaldehyde, a metabolic byproduct of the catabolic metabolism of alcohol.
Read our latest InterPro blog post to learn more about the role aldehyde dehydrogenase plays in this phenomenon.