Evidence of cellulose metabolism by the giant panda gut microbiome.

@article{Zhu2011EvidenceOC,
  title={Evidence of cellulose metabolism by the giant panda gut microbiome.},
  author={Lifeng Zhu and Qi Hui Wu and Jiayin Dai and Shanning Zhang and Fuwen Wei},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 43},
  pages={
          17714-9
        }
}
The giant panda genome codes for all necessary enzymes associated with a carnivorous digestive system but lacks genes for enzymes needed to digest cellulose, the principal component of their bamboo diet. It has been posited that this iconic species must therefore possess microbial symbionts capable of metabolizing cellulose, but these symbionts have remained undetected. Here we examined 5,522 prokaryotic ribosomal RNA gene sequences in wild and captive giant panda fecal samples. We found lower… CONTINUE READING

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