Three-dimensional structure of bacteriophage T4 baseplateKostyuchenko, V.A., Leiman, P.G., Chipman, P.R., Kanamaru, S., van Raaij, M.J., Arisaka, F., Mesyanzhinov, V.V., Rossmann, M.G.
(2003) Nat.Struct.Mol.Biol. 10: 688-693
- PubMed: 12923574
- DOI: 10.1038/nsb970
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:  1PDF, 1PDJ, 1PDL, 1PDM, 1PDP
- PubMed Abstract:
- Crystal Structure of a Heat-and Protease-Stable Part of the Bacteriophage T4 Short Tail Fibre
van Raaij, M.J.,Schoehn, G.,Burda, M.R.,Miller, S.
(2001) J.Mol.Biol. 314: 1137
- Structure of the receptor-binding domain of the bacteriophage T4 short tail fibre
Thomassen, E.,Gielen, G.,Schuetz, M.,Miller, S.,van Raaij, M.J.
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The baseplate of bacteriophage T4 is a multiprotein molecular machine that controls host cell recognition, attachment, tail sheath contraction and viral DNA ejection. We report here the three-dimensional structure of the baseplate-tail tube complex d ...
The baseplate of bacteriophage T4 is a multiprotein molecular machine that controls host cell recognition, attachment, tail sheath contraction and viral DNA ejection. We report here the three-dimensional structure of the baseplate-tail tube complex determined to a resolution of 12 A by cryoelectron microscopy. The baseplate has a six-fold symmetric, dome-like structure approximately 520 A in diameter and approximately 270 A long, assembled around a central hub. A 940 A-long and 96 A-diameter tail tube, coaxial with the hub, is connected to the top of the baseplate. At the center of the dome is a needle-like structure that was previously identified as a cell puncturing device. We have identified the locations of six proteins with known atomic structures, and established the position and shape of several other baseplate proteins. The baseplate structure suggests a mechanism of baseplate triggering and structural transition during the initial stages of T4 infection.
Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences, 16/10 Miklukho-Maklaya Str., 117997 Moscow, Russia.