We have determined a sequence of 2073 bp from two recombinant plasmids carrying the whole locus from , the expression of which is required for spore formation. The sequence contains three long open reading frames (ORFs), each of them being preceded by a ribosome binding site. These three putative proteins (mol. wts 13100, 16300 and 22200) are likely to be expressed and are probably encoded on the same mRNA. The stop codon of ORF overlaps with the start codon of ORF2 suggesting that there might be translational coupling between the two ORFs. Although some known promoter sequences were found, the only one upstream from the first open reading frame is about 260 bp from it.


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