Pilus-specific, lipid-containing bacteriophages PR4 and PR772: comparison of physical characteristics of genomes

The Journal of General Virology
W F Coetzee, P J Bekker


The genomes of pilus-specific, lipid-containing phages PR4 and PR772 were studied electron microscopically. An identical mol. wt. of 10.9 x 10(6) was obtained. The genomes are unique (non-permuted) and have cohesive ends. From the similarities in size and denaturation maps of the genomes and failue to demonstrate non-homology in heteroduplexes, reported morphological ambiguities were clarified. The known serological difference between the phages could not be related to non-homology of their genomes. It is concluded that phages PR4 and PR772 are the same phage.

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RNA Conformation
RNA Denaturation
DNA, Viral
Genes, Viral
Heteroduplex DNA
Bacterial Pilus

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