Number of coat protein molecules per viral particle

Value 180 molecules/particle
Organism Bacteriophage MS2
Reference Grosjean H, Fiers W. Preferential codon usage in prokaryotic genes: the optimal codon-anticodon interaction energy and the selective codon usage in efficiently expressed genes. Gene. 1982 Jun18(3):199-209. p.200 right column top paragraphPubMed ID6751939
Primary Source Fiers, W.: Structure and function of RNA bacteriophages, in Fraenkel-Conrat, H. and Wagner, R.R. (Eds.), Comprehensive Virology, Vol. 13, Plenum, New York, 1979, pp. 69-203.
Comments "Upon infection, the phage message has to be translated efficiently and accurately to rapidly impose its genetic blueprint on the host cell: in the case of MS2 RNA the burst size in E. coli is 5000 to 10000 pfu per cell. and each virus particle contains 180 coat protein molecules (primary source)."
Entered by Uri M
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