The Responce of Adult Rat Sertoli Cells, Immortalized by a Temperature-sensitive mutant of SV40, to 1,2-dinitrobenzene, 1,3-dinitrobenzene, 2,4-dinitrotoluene, 3,4-dinitrotoluene, and cadmium

Cell Biology and Toxicology (Impact Factor: 2.34). 01/2003; DOI: 10.1023/A:1023359222963
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