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Trends Microbiol. 1995 Jun;3(6):223-8.

Moving through the membrane with filamentous phages.

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Laboratory of Genetics, Rockefeller University, New York, NY 10021-6399, USA.


Filamentous phages are small, highly evolved parasites that can reproduce and disseminate without killing their host. During assembly, virion proteins are transferred from the host membrane to the single-stranded DNA phase genome and simultaneously secreted from the cell. Filamentous phage assembly shares certain features with bacterial processes responsible for the assembly of cell-surface structures and for extracellular protein secretion.

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