Cellulases Can Enhance β-Glucan Synthesis

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Science  18 Feb 1977:
Vol. 195, Issue 4279, pp. 679-681
DOI: 10.1126/science.195.4279.679


β-Glucan synthesis from uridine diphosphoglucose by pea epicotyl tissue slices is increased two- to threefold by preliminary, short-term treatment with cellulases purified from auxin-treated peas. We suggest that cellulases introduce chain ends in accessible regions of cellulose microfibrils which then act as primers for chain elongation.