A study developed by CIISA scientists in collaboration with colleagues at the Universities of Newcastle (UK), Copenhagen (DK), Leeds (UK) and the CNRS (France) revealed that the expansion of protein modules observed in multi-enzyme complexes expressed by rumen bacteria, such as Ruminococcus flavefaciens, contributes to an extended carbohydrate binding profile that supports efficient plant cell wall degradation.
The authors used high-through put technologies to express a large number of proteins and screen their biological function and the report was recently published by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America vol. 113 no. 26, 7136–7141.
The article is freely available at http://www.pnas.org/content/113/26/7136.