Unwinding of the DNA Helix by RNA Polymerase

Once the RNA polymerase/sigma factor complex recognizes the correct promoter, the sigma factor dissociate from the RNA polymerase and the enzyme begins to unwind the helix of the DNA creating a region of nonpaired deoxyribonucleotides that serve as a template for RNA synthesis.
GIF Animation of Replication of Leading and Lagging DNA Strands .gif by Gary E. Kaiser, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus
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Last updated: July, 2018
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