The orphan receptor Rev-ErbA alpha activates transcription via a novel response element.

Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia 19104.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (Impact Factor: 5.04). 06/1993; 13(5):3113-21. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.13.5.3113
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