The tail sheath structure of bacteriophage T4: a molecular machine for infecting bacteria.

@article{Aksyuk2009TheTS,
  title={The tail sheath structure of bacteriophage T4: a molecular machine for infecting bacteria.},
  author={Anastasia A. Aksyuk and Petr G Leiman and Lidia P. Kurochkina and Mikhail M. Shneider and Victor A. Kostyuchenko and Vadim V. Mesyanzhinov and Michael G. Rossmann},
  journal={The EMBO journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={28 7},
  pages={821-9}
}
The contractile tail of bacteriophage T4 is a molecular machine that facilitates very high viral infection efficiency. Its major component is a tail sheath, which contracts during infection to less than half of its initial length. The sheath consists of 138 copies of the tail sheath protein, gene product (gp) 18, which surrounds the central non-contractile tail tube. The contraction of the sheath drives the tail tube through the outer membrane, creating a channel for the viral genome delivery… CONTINUE READING
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