About the Authors

Rong-Ze Yang, Mi-Jeong Lee, Hong Hu, Toni I Pollin, Soren Snitker, Richard B Horenstein, Kristen Hull, Alan R Shuldiner, Susan K Fried, Da-Wei Gong
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Alice S Ryan, Andrew P Goldberg, Alan R Shuldiner, Susan K Fried
Division of Gerontology, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Barbara J Nicklas
Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Nelson H Goldberg
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Author

dgong@medicine.umaryland.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

RZY, MJL, ASR, BJN, APG, ARS, SKF, and DWG designed the study. RZY, MJL, HH, ASR, BJN, SS, RBH, KH, NHG, and DWG performed the experiments. RZY, MJL, TIP, ASR, BJN, and DWG analyzed the data. RZY, MJL, ASR, BJN, RBH, APG, ARS, SKF, and DWG contributed to writing the paper.