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Bacteriophage Tail Fibers as a Basis for Structured Assemblies by Timothy Harrah Harrah, Paul Hyman

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2. Tail fiber function and structure

Figure 2-1 Structure of the bacteriophage T4 virion particle. The primary receptor binding sequences are at the distal tip of the long tail fiber, acting as a chemical sensor for the receptors on the surface of the host bacterium. Binding of at least three long tail fibers triggers a mechanical signal at the distal end where the long tail fibers are attached to the base plate of the tail. This leads to the release of the secondary receptor binding proteins from their protected position under the base plate in this diagram.

Bacteriophages T2, T4 and T6 were the first members of what has come to be described ...

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