119. Kuga, S. and R. M. Brown, Jr. 1988. Silver labeling of the reducing ends of bacterial cellulose. Carbohydrate Research 180:345-350.

119. Summary

This paper lays to rest for the first time by independent proof that the reducing ends in a single microfibril are all located only at one end. This is based on the staining reaction using silver proteinate. If the glucan chains were anti-parallel, the labeling of silver would have been on both ends of the microfibril; however, this was not the case. This has turned out to be an extremely important proof for cellulose biosynthesis where the site of origin comes from an organized terminal synthesizing complex (=TC).

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