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Lysis of Escherichia coli cells induced by bacteriophage T4

Y.S. Tarahovsky , G.R. Ivanitsky , A.A. Khusainov
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1574-6968.1994.tb07164.x 195-199 First published online: 1 September 1994


Structural changes in the envelope of Escherichia coli cells accompanying their lysis from without by bacteriophage T4 have been studied. The hypothesis concerning the role of collapse of membrane potential and formation of periplasmic vesicles in the process of lysis from without has been advanced.

Key words
  • Phage infection
  • Multiplicity of infection
  • Membrane potential
  • Membrane invagination
  • Periplasmic vesicles
  • Escherichia coli

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