About the Authors

Annie Pardo, Iliana Herrera
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Kevin Gibson, Thomas J Richards, Yinke Yang, Naftali Kaminski
The Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases, Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

José Cisneros, Carina Becerril, Victor Ruiz, Moisés Selman
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias, Mexico City, Mexico

Samueal Yousem
Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Corresponding Author

kaminskin@upmc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

AP, KG, SY, VR, MS, and NK designed the study. KG, JC, TJR, YY, CB, IH, VR, and NK performed experiments. AP, KG, JC, YY, SY, IH, VR, MS, and NK analyzed the data. AP, KG, MS, and NK enrolled patients. AP, KG, MS, and NK contributed to writing the paper.