Preparations of sheep liver cytoplasmic aldehyde dehydrogenase obtained by published methods were found by analytical isoelectric focusing in the pH range 5–8 to contain 5–10% by weight of the mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase. Under the conditions used the pI of the cytoplasmic enzyme is 6.2 and that of the mitochondrial enzyme 6.6. The mitochondrial enzyme can be removed from the preparation by selective precipitation of the cytoplasmic enzyme with (NH4)2SO4. Kinetic experiments and inhibition experiments with disulfiram show that the properties of the two sheep liver enzymes are so different that the presence of 10% mitochondrial enzyme in preparations of the cytoplasmic enzyme can introduce serious errors into results. Our results suggest that the presence of 10 microM-disulfiram in assays may completely inactivate the pure cytoplasmic enzyme. This result is in contrast with a previous report [kitson (1978) Biochem. U. 175, 83–90].

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