DNAI2 mutations cause primary ciliary dyskinesia with defects in the outer dynein arm.

Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
The American Journal of Human Genetics (Impact Factor: 11.2). 10/2008; 83(5):547-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2008.10.001
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