Polymerity in the structural organization of bacteriophages
It has been shown previously (2), that in the phage preparations of Bac. mycoides, we succeeded in observing phage particles of spermatozoon-like form the caudal portion of which was clearly seen as a chain of closely adjoined rounded elements. According to the data available in the literature, corpuscles with the clearly exhibited granular or bead-shaped structure of the “tail” are not peculiar for the phage of Bac. mycoides; they were observed in other phages as well, in particular in the phages of the T group of E. coli. Irregularity of these pictures was explained by the author by the absence of an equivalent shadowing effect for phage particles not only in different preparations but in one field of vision as well.
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