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The recently cloned epithelial Ca2+ channel (ECaC), which is expressed primarily in 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D(3) (1,25(OH)(2)D(3))-responsive Ca2+ -transporting epithelia, is postulated to constitute the rate-limiting step in active Ca2+ reabsorption. In the present study, the effect of 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) was investigated on ECaC mRNA and protein levels in(More)
Urokinase plasminogen activator, its receptor and the inhibitor PAI-1 are believed to control proteolysis and remodelling of maternal tissue during trophoblast invasion. This system appears to be strictly regulated in normal intrauterine pregnancies whereas tubal and molar pregnancies seem to be characterized by an uncontrolled excessive placental invasion.(More)
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