Increased glucocorticoid receptor-beta expression, but not decreased histone deacetylase 2, in severe asthma

McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Impact Factor: 11.25). 04/2006; 117(3):703-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2005.12.1344
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