Mechanism of rate enhancement of wood fiber saccharification by cationic polyelectrolytes
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- Mora, S., Lu, J. & Banerjee, S. Biotechnol Lett (2011) 33: 1805. doi:10.1007/s10529-011-0647-z
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Cationic polyelectrolytes can increase the cellulase-induced hydrolysis rates of bleached wood fiber. We show that the polymer associates mainly with the amorphous region of fiber and acts principally on endoglucanase. Fiber/water partitioning of the enzyme follows a Langmuir isotherm for the untreated fiber but a Freundlich isotherm is obeyed for the polymer-treated fiber.