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Phage module of the day: Phage DNA packaging

A major challenge for a bacteriophage is to quickly pack lengthy (relative to its size) DNA in newly formed phage heads (capsids). This packaging involves “pressurizing” this DNA in the available space.

A good place to start reading about it is this review by Rao and Feiss: The Bacteriophage DNA Packaging Motor (Annu. Rev. Genet. 2008. 42:647–81).

Once you get the big picture, follow these proteins in phage genomes in the Phage Packaging Machinery subsystem.

DNA packaging



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