Bacteria make modified cellulose | January 22, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 4 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 4 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: January 22, 2018

Bacteria make modified cellulose

Phosphoethanolamine-containing cellulose is key component of biofilms
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: Biological chemistry, cellulose, biopolymers, bacteria, biofilms

Cellulose is an abundant biopolymer made of strands of β-1,4-linked glucose units. It provides mechanical strength to plants and biofilms made by bacteria. A team led by Lynette Cegelski of Stanford University and Regine Hengge of Humboldt University of Berlin now reports that the cellulose made by bacteria is a chemically modified version (Science 2018, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4096). Using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to analyze the . . .

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