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Competing Interests

Edward Bayer is an Academic Editor for PeerJ.

Author Contributions

Svetlana Petkun conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables.

Inna Rozman Grinberg analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Raphael Lamed conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Sadanari Jindou performed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools.

Tal Burstein conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments.

Oren Yaniv conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data.

Yuval Shoham conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools.

Linda J.W. Shimon analyzed the data, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Edward A Bayer conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Felix Frolow conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables.

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding the deposition of related data:

Protein Data Bank, accession code 2XFG

Funding

This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF; Grant nos. 293/08 to FF and 1349/13 to EAB). Additional support was obtained by a grant (No. 24/11) issued to RL by The Sidney E. Frank Foundation through the ISF. A grant was awarded to EAB from the F. Warren Hellman Grant for Alternative Energy Research in Israel in support of alternative energy research in Israel administered by the Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation (I-SAEF). This research was also supported by the establishment of an Israeli Center of Research Excellence (I-CORE Center No. 152/11, EAB) managed by the Israel Science Foundation, from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), Jerusalem, Israel, by the Weizmann Institute of Science Alternative Energy Research Initiative (AERI) and the Helmsley Foundation, and a grant to EAB and RL from the Israel Ministry of Science (IMOS). EAB also appreciates the support of the European Union, Area NMP.2013.1.1-2: Self-assembly of naturally occurring nanosystems: CellulosomePlus Project number: 604530 and an ERA-IB Consortium (EIB.12.022), acronym FiberFuel. EAB is the incumbent of The Maynard I. and Elaine Wishner Chair of Bio-organic Chemistry. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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