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Several cytokines or growth factors induce macrophages to proliferate, become activated, differentiate, or die through apoptosis. Like the major macrophage activator IFN-gamma, the extracellular matrix protein decorin inhibits proliferation and protects macrophages from the induction of apoptosis. Decorin enhances the IFN-gamma-induced expression of the(More)
A coronary artery that arises from the nonfacing (posterior or dorsal) aortic sinus is regarded as having an anomalous origin. We studied 34 Syrian hamsters in which the left coronary artery originated from the nonfacing aortic sinus. All hamsters belonged to a single family subjected to high endogamous pressure in our laboratory. Twenty-four specimens were(More)
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