About the Authors

Giovanna Zanoni, Giuseppe Tridente
Section of Immunology, Department of Pathology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Riccardo Navone, Claudio Lunardi, Caterina Bason, Ruggero Beri, Roberto Corrocher
Section of Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Simona Sivori, Antonio Puccetti
Section of Histology, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Genova, Genova, Italy

Marzia Dolcino, Antonio Puccetti
Immunology Unit, Institute G. Gaslini, Genova, Italy

Enrico Valletta
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital of Verona, Verona, Italy

Corresponding Author

claudio.lunardi@univr.it

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

GZ, CL, and AP conceived the idea and were the principal investigators of the Verona and Genova teams, respectively. RN screened the peptide library and performed the majority of the experiments. CB was responsible for purification of the antibodies. RB performed some of the ELISA tests. MD synthesized the peptides used throughout the study. SS performed the FACS analysis. EV was responsible for the pediatric patients selection. GT and RC advised on the preparation of the report. CL and AP wrote the article with input from GZ.