Effect of Host Diet and Hindgut Microbial Composition on Cellulolytic Activity in the Hindgut of the American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana

@article{Gijzen1994EffectOH,
  title={Effect of Host Diet and Hindgut Microbial Composition on Cellulolytic Activity in the Hindgut of the American Cockroach, Periplaneta americana},
  author={H. Gijzen and C. van der Drift and M. Barugahare and H. O. D. Op den Camp},
  journal={Applied and Environmental Microbiology},
  year={1994},
  volume={60},
  pages={1822 - 1826}
}
Cellulase activity measured as filter paper digesting activity (FPase) and carboxymethyl cellulase (CMCase) was demonstrated in hindgut extracts of the cockroach Periplaneta americana. The highest activities measured amounted to 0.89 and 0.12 U · ml-1 for CMCase and FPase, respectively. The cellulolytic capacity of the hindgut population increased dramatically when protozoa were present, and the activities were found to vary depending on the feeding regimen. Cellulose-rich diets induced high… Expand
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