IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: aryl-alcohol dehydrogenase

Reaction: an aromatic alcohol + NAD+ = an aromatic aldehyde + NADH + H+

Other name(s): p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol dehydrogenase; benzyl alcohol dehydrogenase; coniferyl alcohol dehydrogenase

Systematic name: aryl-alcohol:NAD+ oxidoreductase

Comments: A group of enzymes with broad specificity towards primary alcohols with an aromatic or cyclohex-1-ene ring, but with low or no activity towards short-chain aliphatic alcohols.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, UM-BBD, CAS registry number: 37250-26-3


1. Suhara, K., Takemori, S. and Katagiri, M. The purification and properties of benzylalcohol dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas sp. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 130 (1969) 422-429. [PMID: 5778658]

2. Yamanaka, K. and Minoshima, R. Identification and characterization of a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent para-hydroxybenzyl alcohol-dehydrogenase from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila M402 Agric. Biol. Chem. 48 (1984) 1161-1171.

[EC created 1972, modified 1989]

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