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lead·ing edge

the initial part of a waveform.
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Unidentified molecular "motors" pull on the cell's cytoskeleton, the researchers propose, attaching to proteins at the membrane's leading edge and then heaving the cell forward without affecting other membrane regions.
What happens at the leading edge of these creeping cells is of particular interest to scientists looking for clues to the why and how of cell movement.
LLLM will also improve scientists' understanding of the chemistry of the leading edge, says Taylor.

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