Deletion of Scap in Alveolar Type II Cells Influences Lung Lipid Homeostasis and Identifies a Compensatory Role for Pulmonary Lipofibroblasts
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Conference Paper: Gene Expression Patterns of Human Lung Mesenchymal Stem Cells.American Thoracic Society 2009 International Conference, May 15-20, 2009 • San Diego, California; 04/2009
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