10.9 Pyramid Release Atlas of Bacterial and Archaeal Cell Structure Home

Pyramid Release

When the STIV phage is ready to make its great escape, a still-unknown signal triggers the pyramids to open along their seams, peeling back to create 100 nm-wide holes for the phage, and all the other contents of the cell, to pour out, as you can see in this lysed Sulfolobus solfataricus cell infected with the same virus.