Degradation of Lignin-Containing Materials by Xylanase in Biopreparation of Cotton

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Abstract

Solubilization of lignin and carbohydrates from the lignin-holocellulose structure of cotton seed-coat fragments was investigated by UV/VIS spectrometry. Xylanase (Pulpzyme HC) pre-treatment partially destroyed the lignocellulosic structure of the seed-coat fragments, producing reducing sugars and soluble lignin in the supernatant. Furthermore, the pre-treatment by enzyme enhanced the delignification in the subsequent alkaline scouring process and increased the lightness of the substrate.

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