Endogenous cellulases in animals: isolation of beta-1, 4-endoglucanase genes from two species of plant-parasitic cyst nematodes.

@article{Smant1998EndogenousCI,
  title={Endogenous cellulases in animals: isolation of beta-1, 4-endoglucanase genes from two species of plant-parasitic cyst nematodes.},
  author={Geert Smant and J P Stokkermans and Yitang Yan and Jan M de Boer and Thomas J Baum and Xiaohong Sophie Wang and Richard S. Hussey and Fred J. Gommers and Bernard Henrissat and Eric L. Davis and Johannes Helder and Arjen Schots and Jaap A Bakker},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1998},
  volume={95 9},
  pages={4906-11}
}
beta-1,4-Endoglucanases (EGases, EC 3.2.1.4) degrade polysaccharides possessing beta-1,4-glucan backbones such as cellulose and xyloglucan and have been found among extremely variegated taxonomic groups. Although many animal species depend on cellulose as their main energy source, most omnivores and herbivores are unable to produce EGases endogenously. So far, all previously identified EGase genes involved in the digestive system of animals originate from symbiotic microorganisms. Here we… CONTINUE READING