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Cristina Caparrós, Carmen López, Marc Torrell, Neil Lant, Johan Smets and Dr. Artur Cavaco-Paulo Treatment of cotton with an alkaline Bacillus spp cellulase: Activity towards crystalline cellulose Biotechnology Journal 7

Article first published online: 21 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/biot.201000352

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Cellulases have been applied in detergent formulations for the last 30 years. To fully understand the mechanism of how alkaline cellulases act on cotton fibers a deeper understanding of the structure of cotton fibers during cleaning is required. In this study, the authors have analyzed the influence of several enzymatic treatment processes using an alkaline cellulase enzyme from Bacillus spp. on the sorption properties of cotton fabrics. Several short consecutive treatments were more effective in accessing the fibers while no hydrolytic activity, i.e sugar production was detected.

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