About the Authors

Chao Chen

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Yan Wei

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Michael Hummel

Affiliation Department of Pathology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Thomas K. Hoffmann

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Essen, Essen, Germany

Manfred Gross

Affiliation Department of Audiology and Phoniatrics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Andreas M. Kaufmann

Affiliation Clinic for Gynecology, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Andreas E. Albers

andreas.albers@charite.de

Affiliation Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AEA CC AMK. Performed the experiments: CC YW. Analyzed the data: AEA AMK MH TKH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AEA AMK. Wrote the paper: AEA CC AMK YW MH TKH. Obtainted permission for use of cell line: TKN. Contributed to the revision of the paper: MG.