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Linking placental ischemia and hypertension in preeclampsia: role of endothelin 1.

Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216, USA.
Hypertension (Impact Factor: 6.87). 05/2012; 60(2):507-11. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.112.194845
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