Some Steroid Hormone-like Effects of Menthol

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Science  22 Jul 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3421, pp. 225-226
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3421.225


Menthol or menthone, or both, like progesterone, have been shown to have the following biological activities: (i) an inhibitory action on liver and kidney aldehyde dehydrogenase activity which, under certain circumstances, is reflected in an increased rate of oxidation of D-galactose, and (ii) a stimulatory effect on the oxidation of D-galactose by two prepubertal congenitally galactosemic subjects.