MetaCyc Pathway: oxidative ethanol degradation III
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Pathway diagram: oxidative ethanol degradation III

This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

Superclasses: Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationAlcohols DegradationEthanol Degradation

Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Homo sapiens

Expected Taxonomic Range: Metazoa

This ethanol degradation pathway begins with conversion of ethanol to acetaldehyde by the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Microsomal Ethanol Oxidising System (MEOS), also known as cytochrome P-450 2E1 [Salway04]. The resulting acetaldehyde leaves the ER to the cytoplasm and then passes into the mitochondrial compartment where it is converted to acetate (by mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase). Should acetate be activated to acetyl-CoA within the liver, it would not be oxidized by the Krebs cycle because of the prevailing high ratio of NADH + H / NAD+ within the liver mitochondrial matrix. Consequently, acetate leaves the mitochondrial compartment and the hepatocyte to be metabolized by extra-hepatic tissues [Salway04]. Extrahepatic tissues take up acetate where it is converted to acetyl-CoA [Yamashita01].

Four distinct human ethanol degradation pathways have been described - three oxidative pathways and one nonoxidative pathway. All oxidative pathways mediate the oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehye which is then oxidized to acetate for subsequent extra-hepatic activation to acetyl-CoA [Yamashita01]. Oxidative pathways are differentiated based on the enzyme/mechanism by which ethanol is oxidized to acetaldehyde. The present pathway utilizes the endoplasmic reticulum MEOS, also known as cytochrome P-450 2E1, with the other two oxidative pathways utilizing cytoplasmic alcohol dehydrogenase ( ethanol degradation II) and peroxisomal catalase ( ethanol degradation IV), respectively. The nonoxidative pathway is less well characterized but produces fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) as primary end products [Best03].

Oxidative and nonoxidative pathways have been demonstrated in a range of tissues including gastric, pancreatic, hepatic and lung. Inhibition of oxidative ethanol degradation pathways raises both hepatic and pancreatic FAEE levels demonstrating that oxidative and nonoxidative pathways are alternative metabolically linked pathways. Pancreatic ethanol metabolism occurs predominantly by the nonoxidative pathway but oxidative routes to acetaldehyde have also been demonstrated in the pancreas - the cytochrome P450 2E1 and alcohol dehydrogenase pathways [Chrostek03].

Ethanol metabolism occurs predominantly in the liver and the resulting oxidative metabolite acetaldehyde is thought to play a role in alcohol induced liver injury. Additionally, there is now solid evidence that FAEEs also play a role in alcoholic pancreatitis [Werner02]. Blood and organ levels of FAEEs are raised by ethanol consumption with the highest concentration observed in the pancreas. FAEE generation from ethanol is greater in the pancreas than in any other organ suggesting that the pancreatic pathway contributes to raised blood and organ FAEE levels [Werner02].

Under conditions of acute ethanol consumption, the majority of ethanol is degraded by the hepatic oxidative pathways predominantly the alcohol dehydrogenase mediated pathway. However, under conditions of chronic ethanol consumption, hepatic MEOS activity and nonoxidative pathways are induced and quantitatively make a greater contribution to ethanol catabolism. The stimulatory effect of ethanol on Cytochrome P450 2E1 levels results in increased oxygen consumption, production of excess free radicals and increased metabolism of ethanol, vitamin A and testosterone - the chronic effects of which contribute to depletion of antioxidative activity. Antioxidative deficiency (glutathione, vitamin E, phosphatidylcholine) and excess free radicals are believed to subsequently contribute to the progression of alcoholic liver disease [Waluga03].

Polymorphic loci for genes encoding enzymes of ethanol degradation pathways have been identified and resulting variant isoenzymes characterized and found to exhibit distinct kinetic properties. Indeed, genetically determined differences in ethanol metabolism may, in part, account for the variability of individual susceptibility to the physical complications of alcohol abuse [Bosron].

Variants: ethanol degradation I, ethanol degradation II, ethanol degradation IV


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Chrostek03: Chrostek L, Jelski W, Szmitkowski M, Puchalski Z (2003). "Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) isoenzymes and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity in the human pancreas." Dig Dis Sci 48(7);1230-3. PMID: 12870777

Salway04: Salway, J.G., Granner, D.K. (2004). "Metabolism at a Glance, Second Edition." Blackwell Publishing, ISBN:1405107162.

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Werner02: Werner J, Saghir M, Warshaw AL, Lewandrowski KB, Laposata M, Iozzo RV, Carter EA, Schatz RJ, Fernandez-Del Castillo C (2002). "Alcoholic pancreatitis in rats: injury from nonoxidative metabolites of ethanol." Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 283(1);G65-73. PMID: 12065293

Yamashita01: Yamashita H, Kaneyuki T, Tagawa K (2001). "Production of acetate in the liver and its utilization in peripheral tissues." Biochim Biophys Acta 1532(1-2);79-87. PMID: 11420176

Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

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Hu97: Hu Y, Oscarson M, Johansson I, Yue QY, Dahl ML, Tabone M, Arinco S, Albano E, Ingelman-Sundberg M (1997). "Genetic polymorphism of human CYP2E1: characterization of two variant alleles." Mol Pharmacol 51(3);370-6. PMID: 9058590

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Kurys89: Kurys G, Ambroziak W, Pietruszko R (1989). "Human aldehyde dehydrogenase. Purification and characterization of a third isozyme with low Km for gamma-aminobutyraldehyde." J Biol Chem 264(8);4715-21. PMID: 2925663

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Please cite the following article in publications resulting from the use of MetaCyc: Caspi et al, Nucleic Acids Research 42:D459-D471 2014
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