Streptomyces coelicolor bald (bld) mutants form colonies of vegetative substrate mycelium, but do not develop aerial hyphae or spore chains. The bldA strains form none of the four antibiotics known to be produced by the parent strain. With a vector derived from the temperate bacteriophage phi C31, a 5.6-kilobase fragment of wildtype DNA was cloned which restored sporulation to five independent bldA mutants when lysogenized with the recombinant phage. The cloned gene(s) was dominant over the mutant alleles. Phage integration by recombination of the cloned bldA+ DNA with the bldA region of each mutant produced mainly sporulating colonies, presumably heterozygous bldA+/bldA partial diploids for the insert DNA. However, a minority of these primary transductants were bald and were apparently homozygous bldA/bldA mutant partial diploids, formed by some homogenetization process. The phages released from the bald lysogens carried bldA mutations and were used to show that bldA+ sequences had been cloned and that fine mapping of the region could be performed
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