Cellulase in Biomedical Research

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Cellulases have a great potential, mainly known for different industrial applications. These are widely used in the textile industry and in laundry detergents. They have also been used in the pulp and paper industry for various purposes, and they are even used for pharmaceutical applications. Cellulase is used in the fermentation of biomass into biofuels, although this process is relatively experimental at present. Microbial-origin cellulases can also be used in improving the nutritional quality of animal feed (e.g., food additives for poultry, piggery, or fishery) and indirectly affect humans. Additionally, they can be used directly in human food in baking, clarification of juices, and in tobacco processing. Cellulase now has a new dimension as a fiber-digesting agent having relevance to food, drugs, and cosmetics. This chapter presents some important applications of cellulases extended up to biomedical sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew and Future Developments in Microbial Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Subtitle of host publicationMicrobial Cellulase System Properties and Applications
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780444635150
ISBN (Print)9780444635075
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016


  • Agricultural
  • Cellulase
  • Cellulose
  • Industry
  • Medical
  • Veterinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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