Events leading to lytic cycle
transcription occurs in 3 stages ; early, middle, late.
Early transcription establishes the lytic cycle
After infection of a sensitive host (bacteria), early transcriptionproceeds from major promoters situated to the left (P
) and right(P
) of the repressor gene (cI).
As host RNA polymerase transcribes the lambda genome, two
proteins are produced:-
cro (for "control of repressor and other things")
If the lytic pathway is followed, transcription of the remainder ofthe viral genes occurs, and assembly of the virus particles willoccur. The N protein functions in this process, ensuring thattranscription does not terminate.