Hidden cellulases in termites: revision of an old hypothesis.

  title={Hidden cellulases in termites: revision of an old hypothesis.},
  author={Gaku Tokuda and Hirofumi Watanabe},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={3 3},
The intestinal flagellates of termites produce cellulases that contribute to cellulose digestion of their host termites. However, 75% of all termite species do not harbour the cellulolytic flagellates; the endogenous cellulase secreted from the midgut tissue has been considered a sole source of cellulases in these termites. Using the xylophagous flagellate-free termites Nasutitermes takasagoensis and Nasutitermes walkeri, we successfully solubilized cellulases present in the hindgut pellets… CONTINUE READING

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