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Tail spike protein

UniProtKB accession:  P12528
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UniProtKB description:  Structural component of the short non-contractile tail. The tail comprises six spikes that mediate primary attachment to the host cell lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and display endorhamnosidase enzymatic activity, hydrolyzing the alpha-1,3-O-glycosidic linkage between rhamnose and galactose of the O-antigen polysaccharide. Digestion of the LPS brings the capsid near the cell outer membrane.
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