Pre-B-cell leukemia transcription factor 1 regulates expression of valosin-containing protein, a gene involved in cancer growth.

Department of Pathology, Medical School of Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
American Journal Of Pathology (Impact Factor: 4.6). 02/2007; 170(1):152-9. DOI: 10.2353/ajpath.2007.060722
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