Genetic Control of Complex Bacteriophage Assembly

  • William B. Wood
  • Jonathan King
Part of the Comprehensive Virology book series (CV)


Assembly of complex bacterial viruses has been investigated intensively during the past decade, revealing, in rich detail, the explicit steps from the information stored in genes to the formation of three-dimensional structure. Research in this area has been motivated by curiosity about virus assembly as an important aspect of virus multiplication, as well as by the conviction that knowledge of the genetic control of viral morphogenesis would provide a foundation for approaching the more difficult problems of the assembly of organelles in higher organisms. Although basic questions remain to be answered about bacteriophage assembly, a great deal already has been learned, primarily because of the convenience of bacteriophages as genetically, biochemically, and structurally accessible experimental systems.


Scaffolding Protein Bacteriophage Lambda Tail Fiber Capsid Assembly Tail Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. Wood
    • 1
  • Jonathan King
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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