About the Authors

Livia C. L. Lopes

Affiliations Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America, Instituto de Microbiologia Professor Paulo de Góes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rodrigo Rollin-Pinheiro

Affiliation Instituto de Microbiologia Professor Paulo de Góes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Allan J. Guimarães

Affiliation Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Vera C. B. Bittencourt

Affiliation Departamento de Microbiologia e Parasitologia, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Luis R. Martinez

Affiliation Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Wade Koba

Affiliation Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Sandra E. Farias

Affiliation Departamento de Fisiologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Joshua D. Nosanchuk

Contributed equally to this work with: Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Eliana Barreto-Bergter

Affiliation Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Eliana Barreto-Bergter

Contributed equally to this work with: Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Eliana Barreto-Bergter

eliana.bergter@micro.ufrj.br

Affiliation Instituto de Microbiologia Professor Paulo de Góes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LCLL RRP AJG VCBB LRM JDN EBB. Performed the experiments: LCLL. Analyzed the data: LCLL AJG VCBB JDN EBB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LCLL RRP VCBB WK SEF JDN EBB. Wrote the paper: LCLL.