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Constructing cellular niche properties by localized presentation of Wnt proteins on synthetic surfaces. / Lowndes, Molly; Junyent, Sergi; Habib, Shukry J.

In: Nature Protocols, Vol. 12, No. 7, 01.07.2017, p. 1498-1512.

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Lowndes, M, Junyent, S & Habib, SJ 2017, 'Constructing cellular niche properties by localized presentation of Wnt proteins on synthetic surfaces', Nature Protocols, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 1498-1512. https://doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2017.061

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Lowndes, M., Junyent, S., & Habib, S. J. (2017). Constructing cellular niche properties by localized presentation of Wnt proteins on synthetic surfaces. Nature Protocols, 12(7), 1498-1512. https://doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2017.061

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Lowndes M, Junyent S, Habib SJ. Constructing cellular niche properties by localized presentation of Wnt proteins on synthetic surfaces. Nature Protocols. 2017 Jul 1;12(7):1498-1512. https://doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2017.061

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Lowndes, Molly ; Junyent, Sergi ; Habib, Shukry J. / Constructing cellular niche properties by localized presentation of Wnt proteins on synthetic surfaces. In: Nature Protocols. 2017 ; Vol. 12, No. 7. pp. 1498-1512.

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