publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Cellulolytic Systems in Insects

Gaku Tokuda;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010 Journal: Annual Review of Entomology, volume 55, pages 609-632 (issn: 0066-4170, eissn: 1545-4487, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Annual Reviews
Despite the presence of many carbohydrolytic activities in insects, their cellulolytic mechanisms are poorly understood. Whereas cellulase genes are absent from the genomes of Drosophila melanogaster or Bombyx mori, other insects such as termites produce their own cellulases. Recent studies using molecular biological techniques have brought new insights into the mechanisms by which the insects and their microbial symbionts digest cellulose in the small intestine. DNA sequences of cellulase and associated genes, as well as physiological and morphological information about the digestive systems of cellulase-producing insects, may allow the efficient use of cellulo...
Medical Subject Headings: fungi
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