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Bioresource Technology, Vol.297, 2020
An assessment of the genomics, comparative genomics and cellulose degradation potential of Mucilaginibacter polytrichastri strain RG4-7
In this study, whole genome sequencing and comparative genomic analyses were performed for Mucilaginibacter polytrichastri RG4-7 and its carboxymethyl cellulose degradation potential was assessed. The results showed that the genome of strain RG4-7 was 5.84 Mb and contained 5019 predicted genes, in which a high proportion of strain-specific genes were related to carbohydrate metabolism. The carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) degradation and cellulase activity tests revealed the strong cellulose degradation ability, CMCase and beta-glucosidase activity in strain RG4-7. Real-time RT-PCR testing of most cellulose degradation related glycoside hydrolase (GH) families showed that GH9 (OKS85969), GH1 (OKS85832), GH3 (OKS89331 and OKS85615) were significantly upregulated when strain RG4-7 was inoculated with CMC-Na, which suggested that GH9, GH1 and GH3 might determine its cellulose degradation ability. Certainly, further research need to be done to elucidate cellulose degradation mechanisms in strain RG4-7 in order to develop its industrial application value in lignocellulosic biomass degradation and waste management.