Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 33, Issue 9, pp 1805–1808 | Cite as

Mechanism of rate enhancement of wood fiber saccharification by cationic polyelectrolytes

Original Research Paper


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.


Cationic polyacrylamide Cellulase Cellulose Endoglucanase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Paper Science and Technology, School of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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