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Leading Strand

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier Inc.
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-374984-0.00851-2
Keywords
  • Chromosome Replication
  • Discontinuous Replication
  • Dna Polymerase
  • Dna Replication
  • Lagging Strand Replication
  • Okazaki Fragment
  • Replication Fork
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Each time a cell divides, the genetic information contained in long DNA strands is copied by enzymes called DNA polymerases. Each DNA strand provides a template that is used by DNA polymerases to synthesize a complementary strand. At a replication fork, one DNA strand is synthesized continuously in the 5′ to 3′ direction; this is the leading strand.

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