Membrane Fusion During Infection of Escherichia Coli Cells by Phage T4

FEBS Lett. 1991 Sep 2;289(1):18-22. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(91)80899-e.


Phage T4 infection of Escherichia coli was studied by thin-section and freeze-fracture electron microscopy. It was found that phage T4 induces the formation of a bridge between the outer and inner membranes of E. coli. A membrane fusion during the infection is suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Membrane / ultrastructure
  • Escherichia coli* / ultrastructure
  • Freeze Fracturing
  • Membrane Fusion*
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • T-Phages / physiology*
  • T-Phages / ultrastructure