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It has previously been shown that spollAC561, a mutation that diminishes the incidence of sporulation by more than six orders of magnitude, alters the residue at position 13 of the helix-turn-helix region of the sporulation-specific sigma factor encoded by spoll AC from valine to methionine (Yudkin, 1987b). We have now found that four spontaneous revertants, which sporulate at an incidence of 30-60%, all contain transitions within the codon that was altered by spo-561. The mutant methionine is replaced by isoleucine in two revertants, and by threonine in the other two.
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