Journal or Book Title
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Eleven bacterial and two yeast strains, four of which were previously identified as having activity on a lightly cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose (CLD-2) found in one type of superabsorbent tampon, were grown on a variety of substrates, most containing cellulosics. None produced detectable amounts of cellulases, but all elaborated beta-glucosidase. None of these 13 strains nor 3 commercially obtained beta-glucosidase preparations could hydrolyze CLD-2, although a commercial cellulase and two other bacterial preparations known to produce cellulases could. Based on these results, it appears that previous work suggesting that the degradation of CLD-2 by vaginal microbes and beta-glucosidase is implicated in the production by Staphylococcus aureus of toxin causing toxic shock syndrome must be reevaluated.
American Society for Microbiology
Sierks, Michael R. and Reilly, Peter J., "Application of Cross-Linked Carboxymethyl Cellulose Degradation by 1-Glucosidase and Vaginal Microbes to Toxic Shock Syndrome" (1985). Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications. 1.