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An infant or person who is under the age of legal competence. A term derived from the Civil Law, which described a person under a certain age as less than so many years. In most states, a person is no longer a minor after reaching the age of 18 (though state laws might still prohibit certain acts until reaching a greater age; e.g., purchase of liquor). Also, less; of less consideration; lower; a person of inferior condition.


n. someone under legal age, which is generally 18, except for certain purposes such as drinking alcoholic beverages. (See: legal age, maturity)

MINOR, persons. One under the age of twenty-one years, while in a state of infancy; one who has not attained the age of a major. The terms major and minor, are more particularly used in the civil law. The common law terms are adult and infant. See Infant.

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For example, ATP as a cofactor essentially functions as a polyphosphate; and CoA, although a molecule of several hundred daltons, operates as R-SH, the functional part being just the sulfhydryl group, SH.
"We are pleased to have launched this study of CoFactor in combination with 5-FU in advanced breast cancer," said James A.
where I is the interval of the linkage group analyzed and delimited by two fully informative markers loci (A and B); [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] and [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] are the known coefficients for the [k.sub.1]th and [k.sub.2]th markers selected as cofactors of the common founder and second founder of individual j from population i, taking the value of 1 or 0 depending on the markers haplotype; [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] and [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] are the associated regression coefficients.
Particularly for the OLS estimation, the cofactors corresponding to the main diagonal entries of the inverse were inspected for nonparametric properties.
For some cofactors and for some patients, they are probably expensive placebos.
Also, in the absence of genetic defects one should also be examined for cofactor deficiencies as these could mimic the effects of genetic defects, even in the absence of single nucleotide polymorphisms.
Unlike other metal-containing enzymes where the metal atom is held in place by amino acid residues, molybdenum is contained within a cofactor: a large organic molecule called a pyranopterin.
Table 2 Distribution of metabolome compounds Compound type Number of compounds Core 6 Nodel Core 7 Intermediate 169 Nodal Intermediate 20 Precursor to Polymerization 18 Nodel Precursor to Polymerization 13 CoFactor 12 Lipid Intermediate 35 Lipid Component 7 Total 287 Acknowledgments
"Collectively, our results establish the diet-dependent influence of Pparg2 Pro12Ala variant on metabolic control via modulated cofactor interaction and changes in gene expression patterns in mice," concluded the researchers.
The monoclonal antibody may employ a cofactor and may be directed to a known substrate of an enzyme.
Analysis of the active site points to an electron transfer type mechanism, as the proximal side of the heme cofactor does not appear to be accessible to bulky aromatic substrates; however, further investigation of the reaction mechanism is ongoing.