leading strand


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leading strand

In DNA replication, the separated strand this is being converted to a duplex in the direction of the fork, or the opening of the fork, in the parent DNA. Replication is continuous along the leading strand. Compare LAGGING STRAND.

leading strand

the strand in DNA replication that is synthesized continuously. See DNA, SEMICONSERVATIVE REPLICATION MODEL.

strand

a term commonly used to describe one of the two complementary polynucleotide chains found in double-stranded DNA.

lagging strand
in DNA replication, the strand in which the nascent strand is synthesized in discontinuous segments after the other or leading strand. See also okazaki fragments.
leading strand
in DNA replication, the strand that is copied continuously.