Proposed molten globule intermediates in fd phage penetration and assembly.

Abstract

The fd filamentous phage can be contracted to short rods called I-forms and to spheroidal particles called S-forms. The conversions from fd----I-forms----S-forms were previously suggested to mimic steps in fd penetration. The same conversions, in reverse order, were suggested to mimic steps in fd assembly. The I-forms and S-forms bind the hydrophobic probe… (More)

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