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1. Posttranslational modification of proteins, particularly secretory proteins and proteins targeted for membranes or specific cellular locations. Synonym(s): trafficking
2. Posttranscriptional modification of polynucleic acids.


The process of having proteins contain certain signals such that the proteins are directed specifically towards certain cellular locations, for example, the lysosome. Compare: processing.


see homing.
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The more sophisticated the firearm, the easier to determine the trafficking pattern because these firearms are more specific and used by fewer criminals?
Although trafficking groups have little involvement with the individuals arrested in possession of trafficked firearms, these groups require points of acquisition and distribution for the firearm.
lying and buying or straw purchase), individuals involved in the purchases and recoveries, and the source areas or states where the purchases took place provide essential information revealing trafficking patterns.
If the serial number cannot be restored, they should attempt to determine the firearm's origin and trafficking patterns using information acquired from its recovery and from the suspect arrested in possession of the firearm.