About the Authors

Diego L. Costa

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Vanessa Carregaro

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Djalma S. Lima-Júnior

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Neide M. Silva

Affiliation Biomedical Sciences Institute, Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil

Cristiane M. Milanezi

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Cristina R. Cardoso

Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba, Brazil

Ângela Giudice

Affiliation Immunology Service, Professor Edgar Santos Universitary Hospital, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Amélia R. de Jesus

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine and Pathology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracajú, Brazil

Edgar M. Carvalho

Affiliation Immunology Service, Professor Edgar Santos Universitary Hospital, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Roque P. Almeida

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine and Pathology, Federal University of Sergipe, Aracajú, Brazil

João S. Silva

jsdsilva@fmrp.usp.br

Affiliation Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DLC VC DSLJ NMS CRC ARdJ EMC RPA JSS. Performed the experiments: DLC VC DSLJ CMM CRC AG. Analyzed the data: DLC VC DSLJ CRC ARdJ EMC RPA JSS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DLC ARdJ EMC RPA JSS. Wrote the paper: DLC JSS.