K12 is a temperature-sensitive (ts) mutant cell line derived from Chinese hamster fibroblasts. When incubated at the nonpermissive temperature, K12 cells exhibit the following properties: (a) the cells cannot initiate DNA synthesis;o (b) the synthesis of cytosol thymidine kinase is suppressed; and (c) the synthesis of three cellular proteins of molecular weights 94, 78, and 58 kdaltons is greatly enhanced. Here we characterize a spontaneous revertant clone, R12, derived from the K12 cells. We selected the revertant clone for its ability to grow at the nonpermissive temperature. Our results indicate that all the traits which constitute the K12 mutant phenotype are simultaneously reverted to the wild type in the revertant cell line, suggesting that the ts mutation of the K12 cells is of regulatory nature and exerts multiple effects on the expressed phenotypes.

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