About the Authors

Azamat Aslanukov

Contributed equally to this work with: Azamat Aslanukov, Reshma Bhowmick

Address ¤ Current address: Fugent LLC, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Affiliation Third Wave Technologies, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America

Reshma Bhowmick

Contributed equally to this work with: Azamat Aslanukov, Reshma Bhowmick

Affiliation Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, United States of America

Mallikarjuna Guruju

Affiliation Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

John Oswald

Affiliation Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Dorit Raz

Affiliation National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Ronald A Bush

Affiliation National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Paul A Sieving

Affiliation National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Xinrong Lu

Affiliation Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Cheryl B Bock

Affiliation Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Paulo A Ferreira

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: ferre044@mc.duke.edu

Affiliations Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America , Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

AA, RB, MG, DR, RAB, and PAF conceived and designed the experiments. AA, RB, MG, JO, DR, XL, and CBB performed the experiments. AA, RB, MG, JO, DR, RAB, PAS, and PAF analyzed the data. PAF contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools. PAF wrote the paper.