Cellulose Digestion in the Wood-Eating Higher Termite, Nasutitermes takasagoensis (Shiraki): Distribution of Cellulases and Properties of Endo-β-1,4-gIucanase

@inproceedings{Tokuda1997CelluloseDI,
  title={Cellulose Digestion in the Wood-Eating Higher Termite, Nasutitermes takasagoensis (Shiraki): Distribution of Cellulases and Properties of Endo-$\beta$-1,4-gIucanase},
  author={Gaku Tokuda and Hirofumi Watanabe and T. Matsumoto and Hiroaki Noda},
  booktitle={Zoological science},
  year={1997}
}
Abstract β-Giucosidase ‘EC 3.2.1.21’ and endo-β-1,4-gIucanase ‘EC 3.2.1.4’ activities were measured in the wood-eating higher termite Nasutitermes takasagoensis. β-Glucosidase activity was present mainly in the salivary glands (66.7%) and midgut (22.2%), whereas endo-β-1,4-glucanase activity was detected mainly in the midgut (90.1%). Specific activity of endo-β-1,4-glucanase was also the highest in the midgut, indicating that cellulose is digested in the midgut. The major endo-β-1,4-glucanase… Expand
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