Viral Hijack of Filamentous Surface Structures in Archaea and Bacteria

Colin Tittes, Sabine Schwarzer, Tessa E. F. Quax*

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Abstract

The bacterial and archaeal cell surface is decorated with filamentous surface structures that are used for different functions, such as motility, DNA exchange and biofilm formation. Viruses hijack these structures and use them to ride to the cell surface for successful entry. In this review, we describe currently known mechanisms for viral attachment, translocation, and entry via filamentous surface structures. We describe the different mechanisms used to exploit various surface structures bacterial and archaeal viruses. This overview highlights the importance of filamentous structures at the cell surface for entry of prokaryotic viruses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164
Number of pages15
JournalViruses
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2021

Keywords

  • Archaeal virus
  • Archaellum
  • Flagellum
  • Phage
  • Pilus
  • Viral entry

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