Synthesis of Bacterial Cellulose from Labeled Precursor

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Science  23 Jun 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3469, pp. 2014-2015
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3469.2014


The isolation and purification of an immediate precursor of bacterial cellulose was confirmed with glucose randomly labeled with carbon-14. The glucose appears to be bound within the cell to a lipid, is carried across the bacterial cell wall, and is incorporated enzymatically into cellulose extracellularly.