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Any of a group of extracellular enzymes, produced by various fungi, bacteria, insects, and other lower animals, that hydrolyze cellulose.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



an enzyme of the hydrolase class. Cellulase depolymerizes cellulose polysaccharides (including cellulose itself) and forms glucose or the disaccharide cellobiose. Cellulase is found in germinated grain and in many bacteria and fungi; it is especially active in house fungi that grow on wood. Cellulase is also found in certain animals that feed on wood; these animals include shipworms and Cossidae. Ruminants are able to digest cellulose because symbiotic microorganisms that release cellulase live in the compartments of their stomachs, especially in the rumen.

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The present study demonstrates the production and characterization of recombinant thermostable cellulase from this hyperthermophile and the utilization of this cellulase for paper de-inking process.
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The growing interest in cellulase production has been focused in improving the process economics of various biotechnological industries [7].

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