Characterization of Endogenous Ethanol in the Mammal

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Science  08 Jan 1960:
Vol. 131, Issue 3393, pp. 102-103
DOI: 10.1126/science.131.3393.102


Ethanol has been isolated from the tissues of several animal species in amounts ranging from 23 to 145 µmole/100 gm of tissue. Intestinal bacterial flora appear to be excluded as a source of this ethanol. Radioactivity from pyruvate-2-C14 appeared in ethanol after incubation with liver slices; this finding indicates an endogenous synthesis.