Phylogenetic distribution of potential cellulases in bacteria.

  title={Phylogenetic distribution of potential cellulases in bacteria.},
  author={Renaud Berlemont and Adam C. Martiny},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={79 5},
Many microorganisms contain cellulases that are important for plant cell wall degradation and overall soil ecosystem functioning. At present, we have extensive biochemical knowledge of cellulases but little is known about the phylogenetic distribution of these enzymes. To address this, we analyzed the distribution of 21,985 genes encoding proteins related to cellulose utilization in 5,123 sequenced bacterial genomes. First, we identified the distribution of glycoside hydrolases involved in… CONTINUE READING
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