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Trends Microbiol. 1999 Jul;7(7):275-81.

The cellulosome concept as an efficient microbial strategy for the degradation of insoluble polysaccharides.

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Dept of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel.


The cellulosome is an extracellular supramolecular machine that can efficiently degrade crystalline cellulosic substrates and associated plant cell wall polysaccharides. The cellulosome arrangement can also promote adhesion to the insoluble substrate, thus providing individual microbial cells with a direct competitive advantage in the utilization of the soluble hydrolysis products.

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