PMID: 5903109Jan 1, 1966

Comparison of two serologically distinct ribonucleic acid bacteriophages. I. Properties of the viral particles

Journal of Bacteriology
L R OverbyS Spiegelman


Overby, L. R. (University of Illinois, Urbana), G. H. Barlow, R. H. Doi, Monique Jacob, and S. Spiegelman. Comparison of two serologically distinct ribonucleic acid bacteriophages. I. Properties of the viral particle. J. Bacteriol. 91:442-448. 1966.-Two ribonucleic acid (RNA) coliphages, MS-2 and Qbeta, have been characterized physically and serologically. MS-2 has an S(20, w) value of 79, a molecular weight of 3.6 x 10(6), a density of 1.422, and pH 3.9 as its isoelectric point. Qbeta has an S(20, w) of 84, a molecular weight of 4.2 x 10(6), a density of 1.439, and an isoelectric point at pH 5.3. One host (Escherichia coli A-19) permits a distinction between the two on the basis of a marked difference in plaque size. They are distinct immunochemically, no serological cross-reaction being detectable.


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