Cover Picture: The Crystal Structure of Human α2‐Macroglobulin Reveals a Unique Molecular Cage (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 14/2012)

Published on Apr 2, 2012in Angewandte Chemie12.257
· DOI :10.1002/anie.201109104
A. Marrero8
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(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council),
Stéphane Duquerroy21
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(University of Paris-Sud)
+ 6 AuthorsF. Xavier Gomis-Rüth31
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(CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)
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