Reference : Is ethanol a pro-drug? The role of acetaldehyde in the central effects of ethanol
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Is ethanol a pro-drug? The role of acetaldehyde in the central effects of ethanol
Quertemont, Etienne mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychologie quantitative >]
Tambour, Sophie [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cognitives > Neuroscience comportementale et psychopharmacologie expér. >]
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Elsevier Science London
Yes (verified by ORBi)
[en] Ethanol ; Acetaldehyde ; Alcoholism ; Metabolism ; Catalase
[en] Acetaldehyde, the first product of ethanol metabolism, has been speculated to be involved in many behavioral effects of ethanol. However, its precise role remains a matter of debate, with some researchers suggesting that acetaldehyde has no role in the effects of ethanol and others contending that ethanol is a pro-drug whose pharmacological action is mediated by acetaldehyde. Recent studies support a role for acetaldehyde in the stimulant, reinforcing, hypnotic and amnesic effects of ethanol, and, in particular, alcohol abuse and alcoholism. However, current evidence indicates that acetaldehyde is not involved in some of the major neurochemical effects of ethanol. It is therefore likely that ethanol and acetaldehyde molecules act synergistically to determine the multiple neurochemical and behavioral effects of alcohol consumption.
Centre de Neurosciences Cognitives et Comportementales
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Communauté française de Belgique) - F.R.S.-FNRS
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