More than 700 people in Iran have died from taking toxic methanol to rid themselves of the novel coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. More than 5,000 people had been poisoned from methanol. This attracts broad attention worldwide. Let me explain why and how does methanol affects our body.
Methanol is being oxidized by an enzyme in the liver called alcohol dehydrogenase the same enzyme that works on ethanol. While ethanol is converted into acetaldehyde, methanol is converted in the same manner into formaldehyde. It is worth noting that both acetaldehyde and formaldehyde are dangerous chemicals and known carcinogens².The acute toxicity associated with methanol poisoning stems from the conversion of formaldehyde to formic acid by another enzyme, aldehyde dehydrogenase. This same enzyme is responsible for converting acetaldehyde (from the ethanol pathway) into the less toxic acetic acid, or vinegar.
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