Activity and specificity of necrostatin-1, small-molecule inhibitor of RIP1 kinase.

Department of Biochemistry, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA.
Cell death and differentiation (Impact Factor: 8.24). 11/2012; DOI: 10.1038/cdd.2012.133
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