About the Authors

Emiko Noguchi, Kaori Ochiai, Yoshimasa Imoto, Tadao Arinami
Department of Medical Genetics, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Hiromi Sakamoto, Teruhiko Yoshida
Division of Genetics, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Tomomitsu Hirota, Yusuke Nakamura, Mayumi Tamari
Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases, RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine, Yokohama, Japan

Yoshimasa Imoto, Masafumi Sakashita, Shigeharu Fujieda
Departments of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan

Fumitake Kurosaka
Kurosaka Pediatrics and Allergy Clinic, Himji, Japan

Akira Akasawa
Department of Allergy, Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan

Shigemi Yoshihara, Noriko Kanno, Yumi Yamada
Department of Pediatrics, Dokkyo Medical University, Tochigi, Japan

Naoki Shimojo, Yoichi Kohno
Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Yoichi Suzuki
Department of Public Health, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Mi-Jin Kang, Ji-Won Kwon, Soo-Jong Hong
Childhood Asthma Atopy Center, Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Ken Inoue, Yu-ichi Goto, Fumio Yamashita
Department of Mental Retardation and Birth Defect Research, National Institute of Neuroscience, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo, Japan

Fumio Yamashita, Takashi Asada
Department of Psychiatry, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Hiroshi Hirose, Ikuo Saito
Health Center, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Nobuyuki Hizawa, Toru Sakamoto, Hironori Masuko
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Ichiro Nomura, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Department of Allergy and Immunology, National Research Institute for Child Health and Development, Tokyo, Japan

Corresponding Author

enoguchi@md.tsukuba.ac.jp

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: E Noguchi, K Matsumoto. Performed the experiments: S Yoshihara, S-J Hong, Y Goto, T Asada, S Fujieda, N Hizawa, Y Nakamura, M Tamari, T Arinami, T Yoshida, Y Suzuki, H Sakamoto. Analyzed the data: H Saito, T Hirota, K Ochiai, M Sakashita. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: Y Imoto, F Kurosaka, A Akasawa, N Shimojo, Y Kohno, N Kanno, Y Yamada, M-J Kang, J-W Kwon, F Yamashita, K Inoue, H Hirose, I Saito, T Sakamoto, H Masuko, I Nomura. Wrote the paper: E Noguchi, K Matsumoto.