Research ArticleRheumatoid Arthritis

Selective Activation of Adenosine A2A Receptors on Immune Cells by a CD73-Dependent Prodrug Suppresses Joint Inflammation in Experimental Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Science Translational Medicine  08 Aug 2012:
Vol. 4, Issue 146, pp. 146ra108
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003717

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