Non-enveloped, head-tail structure. Head is about 60-65 nm in diameter. The tail is non-contractile, has 6 prominent tail spikes.


Linear, dsDNA genome of about 42 kb encoding for 49 genes.




  1. Adsorption: the phage attaches to the target cell through its tail fibers.
  2. Ejection of the viral DNA into host cell cytoplasm.
  3. Transcription and translation of early genes.
  4. Replication of genomic DNA. Transcription and translation of late genes.
  5. Assembly of an empty procapsid and packaging of the genome.
  6. Viral tail fibers assembly and viral tail assembly.
  7. Mature virions are released from the cell by lysis.

Matching UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot entries

8 entries grouped by strain (browse by keywords)

8 entries

Pseudomonas phage phiKMV reference strain

SPAN1_BPKMV Probable spanin, inner membrane subunit (i-spanin)
SPAN2_BPKMV Probable spanin, outer lipoprotein subunit
RPOL_BPKMV DNA-directed RNA polymerase (EC
PORTL_BPKMV Portal protein (Head-to-tail connector)
CAPSD_BPKMV Major capsid protein (Gene product 32) (gp32) (Major head protein)
HOLIN_BPKMV Holin (KMV44) (Pinholin)
EXLYS_BPKMV Peptidoglycan hydrolase gp36 (EC (Gene product 36) (Gp36)
ENLYS_BPKMV SAR-endolysin (EC (Endolysin) (Gene product 45) (gp45) (KMV45) (Lysis protein) (Lysozyme) ...