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The complexities of hydrolytic enzymes from the termite digestive system.
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PMID:  23036053     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The main challenge in second generation bioethanol production is the efficient breakdown of cellulose to sugar monomers (hydrolysis). Due to the recalcitrant character of cellulose, feedstock pretreatment and adapted hydrolysis steps are needed to obtain fermentable sugar monomers. The conventional industrial production process of second-generation bioethanol from biomass comprises several steps: thermochemical pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis and sugar fermentation. This process is undergoing continuous optimization in order to increase the bioethanol yield and reduce the economic cost. Therefore, the discovery of new enzymes with high lignocellulytic activity or new strategies is extremely important. In nature, wood-feeding termites have developed a sophisticated and efficient cellulose degrading system in terms of the rate and extent of cellulose hydrolysis and exploitation. This system, which represents a model for digestive symbiosis has attracted the attention of biofuel researchers. This review describes the termite digestive system, gut symbionts, termite enzyme resources, in vitro studies of isolated enzymes and lignin degradation in termites.
Anas Saadeddin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical reviews in biotechnology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1549-7801     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit. Rev. Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8505177     Medline TA:  Crit Rev Biotechnol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Abengoa Research, Campus Palmas Altas , Seville , Spain.
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