Ethanol: novel end product of vertebrate anaerobic metabolism

Science  11 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4453, pp. 308-309
DOI: 10.1126/science.7384807


During periods of short-term experimental anoxia, the goldfish produces metabolic carbon dioxide and does not accumulate lactate to the extent expected. The goldfish has evolved a novel pathway of vertebrate anaerobic metabolism in which glucose carbon is metabolized to ethanol and excreted.

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