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Title: Delayed Nrf2-regulated antioxidant gene induction in response to silica nanoparticles

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Free Radical Biology and Medicine
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Journal Volume: 108; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-10-04 16:14:50; Journal ID: ISSN 0891-5849
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Zhang, Hongqiao, Zhou, Lulu, Yuen, Jenay, Birkner, Nancy, Leppert, Valerie, O’Day, Peggy A., and Forman, Henry Jay. Delayed Nrf2-regulated antioxidant gene induction in response to silica nanoparticles. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2017.04.002.
Zhang, Hongqiao, Zhou, Lulu, Yuen, Jenay, Birkner, Nancy, Leppert, Valerie, O’Day, Peggy A., & Forman, Henry Jay. Delayed Nrf2-regulated antioxidant gene induction in response to silica nanoparticles. United States. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2017.04.002.
Zhang, Hongqiao, Zhou, Lulu, Yuen, Jenay, Birkner, Nancy, Leppert, Valerie, O’Day, Peggy A., and Forman, Henry Jay. Sat . "Delayed Nrf2-regulated antioxidant gene induction in response to silica nanoparticles". United States. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2017.04.002.
title = {Delayed Nrf2-regulated antioxidant gene induction in response to silica nanoparticles},
author = {Zhang, Hongqiao and Zhou, Lulu and Yuen, Jenay and Birkner, Nancy and Leppert, Valerie and O’Day, Peggy A. and Forman, Henry Jay},
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doi = {10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2017.04.002},
journal = {Free Radical Biology and Medicine},
number = C,
volume = 108,
place = {United States},
year = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sat Jul 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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