Coliphages

Coliphages

A coliphage is a bacteriophage that infects Escherichia coli. Somatic coliphages attack E. coli strains via the cell wall and include spherical phages of the family Microviridae and various tailed phages in 3 families. The F-RNA coliphages attack E. coli strains via the sex pili (F factor) and are single-stranded RNA non-tailed phages in four groups.

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