Isolation from pig lens of two proteins with dihydrodiol dehydrogenase and aldehyde reductase activities.Biochem J. 1989 Dec 01; 264(2):403-7.BJ
Dimeric and monomeric proteins containing dihydrodiol dehydrogenase and aldehyde reductase activities were purified from pig lens. The dimeric enzyme of Mr 65,000 specifically oxidized the trans-dihydrodiols of naphthalene and benzene with NADP+ as a strict cofactor, and reduced alpha-diketones, aromatic aldehydes and glyceraldehyde with NADPH as a cofactor. The monomeric enzyme of Mr 35,000, although identical with aldose reductase, oxidized the trans-dihydrodiol of naphthalene at a pH optimum of 7.6. These results suggest that the two enzymes are involved in the pathogenesis of naphthalene cataract.