name: virus tail, shaft
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def: "The tube of the non-contractile tails of some viruses." [GOC:bm]
comment: This term applies in particular to the Siphoviridae bacteriophages, where the shaft is the channel for DNA translocation into the host cytoplasm.
synonym: "bacteriophage tail shaft" NARROW [GOC:bm]
is_a: GO:0044423 ! virion component
relationship: part_of: GO:0098015 ! virus tail
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