Term Information

Accession
GO:0098015
Name
virus tail
Ontology
cellular_component
Synonyms
viral tail, bacteriophage tail
Alternate IDs
None
Definition
Part of the virion that may be used to recognize, attach and inject the viral genome and accessory proteins into the host cell. Source: GOC:bm
Comment
Many bacteriophages with dsDNA genomes, or Caudovirales, have a tail. The viral tail can be short (Podoviridae), long and non-contractile (Siphoviridae) or long and contractile (Myoviridae). The tail is the channel through which the phage genome is injected into the host bacterial cell.
History
See term history for GO:0098015 at QuickGO
Subset
None
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Parents of virus tail (GO:0098015)
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virus tail [is_a relation] is_a  virion part (GO:0044423)
Children of virus tail (GO:0098015)
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virus tail, shaft (GO:0098028) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
virus tail, baseplate (GO:0098025) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
virus tail, tube (GO:0098026) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
virus tail, sheath (GO:0098027) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
virus tail, fiber (GO:0098024) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
virus tail, tip (GO:0098023) [BFO:0000050 relation] BFO:0000050  virus tail
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