This enzyme belongs to the family of oxidoreductases, specifically those acting on the CH-OH group of donor with other acceptors. The systematic name of this enzyme class is alkan-1-ol:acceptor oxidoreductase. Other names in common use include polyethylene glycol dehydrogenase, and alkan-1-ol:(acceptor) oxidoreductase. This enzyme participates in fatty acid metabolism. It employs one cofactor, PQQ.
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