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Curr Opin Microbiol. 2003 Jun;6(3):219-28.

Microbial hemicellulases.

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  • 1Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology and Institute of Catalysis, Science and Technology, Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel.


Hemicellulases are a diverse group of enzymes that hydrolyze hemicelluloses--one of the most abundant groups of polysaccharide in nature. These enzymes have many biotechnological applications and their structure/function relationships are a subject of intense research. During the past year, new high-resolution structures of catalytic and non-catalytic domains of hemicellulases have been elucidated, and, together with biochemical studies, they reveal the principles of catalysis and specificity for these enzymes.

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