[Cellobiohydrolase Activity in the Digestive Tract of two African Rodent Species the African Grass Rat Arvicanthis niloticus and Vlei Rat Otomys helleri].

Cellobiohydrolase activity (CBHA) of endosymbionts in the digestive tract of two African rodent species differing in its morphology and in feeding specialization--Arvicanthis niloticus and Otomys helleri--has been studied as a characteristic of their physiological and ecological adaptation to phytophagy A statistically significant correlation of CBHA with obesity has been revealed in A. niloticus, with the CBHA level being significantly higher in corpus ceci than in ampulla ceci. The possible morphophysiological and ecological significance of the observed features of symbiotic digestion are discussed.
AuthorsA Al Varshavskiy, A A Varshavskiy
JournalIzvestiia Akademii nauk. Seriia biologicheskaia / Rossiì†skaia akademiia nauk (Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol) 2015 May-Jun Issue 3 Pg. 326-30 ISSN: 1026-3470 [Print] Russia (Federation)
PMID26349239 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Cellulose 1,4-beta-Cellobiosidase
  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Animals
  • Cellulose 1,4-beta-Cellobiosidase (metabolism)
  • Digestion
  • Gastrointestinal Tract (enzymology)
  • Herbivory
  • Muridae (physiology)

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