A lattice of protein tetramers

A self-assembling 2D lattice protects replication of a bacterial virus

Some bacterial viruses enclose their replicating DNA in a protein-based ‘phage nucleus’. Nieweglowska et al. show that the structure is a lattice of tetramers linked by flexible loops and tails.


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