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Viruses 2011, 3(3), 172-203; doi:10.3390/v3030172

Bacteriophage Assembly

Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Received: 5 January 2011 / Revised: 9 February 2011 / Accepted: 14 February 2011 / Published: 25 February 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bacteriophage Assembly)
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Abstract

Bacteriophages have been a model system to study assembly processes for over half a century. Formation of infectious phage particles involves specific protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions, as well as large conformational changes of assembly precursors. The sequence and molecular mechanisms of phage assembly have been elucidated by a variety of methods. Differences and similarities of assembly processes in several different groups of bacteriophages are discussed in this review. The general principles of phage assembly are applicable to many macromolecular complexes.
Keywords: bacteriophage; assembly; macromolecular complex; genome packaging; maturation bacteriophage; assembly; macromolecular complex; genome packaging; maturation
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Aksyuk, A.A.; Rossmann, M.G. Bacteriophage Assembly. Viruses 2011, 3, 172-203.

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