[Model for tobacco mosaic virus assembly in vitro: specific dislocation by cooperative single-letter purine recognition and non-cooperative RNA "locking" between subunit layers].

A model of the molecular mechanism of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) assembly in vitro is proposed. The model is based on the assumption that on interaction of TMV RNA chain with a double protein disk two different types of structural alterations occur in the protein subunits: "dislocating alterations" leading to screw dislocation of the disk into a helix… (More)