Structure of bacteriophage T4 fibritin: a segmented coiled coil and the role of the C-terminal domain.

@article{Tao1997StructureOB,
  title={Structure of bacteriophage T4 fibritin: a segmented coiled coil and the role of the C-terminal domain.},
  author={Yizhi Tao and Sergei V. Strelkov and Vadim V. Mesyanzhinov and Michael G. Rossmann},
  journal={Structure},
  year={1997},
  volume={5 6},
  pages={789-98}
}
BACKGROUND Oligomeric coiled-coil motifs are found in numerous protein structures; among them is fibritin, a structural protein of bacteriophage T4, which belongs to a class of chaperones that catalyze a specific phage-assembly process. Fibritin promotes the assembly of the long tail fibers and their subsequent attachment to the tail baseplate; it is also a sensing device that controls the retraction of the long tail fibers in adverse environments and, thus, prevents infection. The structure of… CONTINUE READING
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