Structural study of the genome ejecting system in siphoviridae phages.

Elena Orlova (primary)
Department of Biological Sciences
Birkbeck (ISMB)
Renos Savva (secondary)
Department of Biological Sciences
Birkbeck (ISMB)


Structures of the phage tails that have the helical symmetry and the tail tip (a sensor of a specific receptor) at near-atomic resolution will allow understanding how a signal from the sensor is transmitted toward the head-to-tail interface followed by DNA ejection. Using Cryo-EM we will obtain structures illuminating mechanisms that control infection, allowing to develop biochemical means to regulate infectivity of bacteriophages and possibly synthesizing the bacterial tail-like delivery devices both for the pathogen recognition and regulation the genome packaging and delivery. Comparison with other systems will help to reveal common features between different bacteriophages, undetectable by amino acid sequence analysis.


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Molecules, cells and industrial biotechnology
Area of Biology
MicrobiologyStructural Biology
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BiochemistryBioinformaticsImage ProcessingMathematics / StatisticsMolecular BiologySimulation / Modelling