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1. the opposite strand orientations with which all nucleic acid duplexes (DNA-DNA, DNA-RNA, or RNA-RNA) associate; if one strand is oriented left to right 5′ to 3′, the complementary strand is oriented left to right 3′ to 5′ antiparallel to it. 2. two segments of a polypeptide chain may lie antiparallel with one end N-terminal to C-terminal and the other end C-terminal to N-terminal, respectively. See Chronology, 1952, Crick; 1961, Josse, Kaiser, and Kornberg; deoxyribonucleic acid, strand terminologies.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics — Chemistry.


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