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Use of GR2 proteins to modify cellulosic materials and to enhance enzymatic and chemical modification of cellulose

United States Patent Application

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This invention concerns methods of use for a class of proteins heretofore known as "grass pollen group-2/3 allergens" to modify the properties of cellulose-based materials, changing their mechanical properties, improving their accessibility to agents that chemically modify cellulose structure (such as cellulytic enzymes and chemical reagents), and altering binding of dyes such as Direct Cotton dyes to cellulose.
Cosgrove, Daniel J. (Port Matilda, PA), Takeda, Takumi (State College, PA)
11/ 655,354
January 19, 2007
GRANT REFERENCE [0002] This work was supported by the Department of Energy pursuant to Grant No. 428-15 483X. Accordingly, the U.S. Government may have certain rights in the invention.