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CD44 and xCT: The Silver Bullet for Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

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Name: American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
ISSN: 1535-4989
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Acidic sulfated integral membrane glycoproteins expressed in several alternatively spliced and variable glycosylated forms on a wide variety of cell types including mature T-cells, B-cells, medullary thymocytes, granulocytes, macrophages, erythrocytes, and fibroblasts. CD44 antigens are the principle cell surface receptors for hyaluronate and this interaction mediates binding of lymphocytes to high endothelial venules. (From Abbas et al., Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 2d ed, p156)

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