About the Authors

Jing Lin

Affiliations Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Department of Ophthalmology, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University Medical College, Qingdao, China

Kyung-Chul Yoon

Affiliations Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Department of Ophthalmology, Chonnam National University Medical School and Hospital, Gwangju, South Korea

Lili Zhang

Affiliations Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Department of Ophthalmology, the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University Medical College, Qingdao, China

Zhitao Su

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Rong Lu

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Ping Ma

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Cintia S. De Paiva

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Stephen C. Pflugfelder

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

De-Quan Li

dequanl@bcm.tmc.edu

Affiliation Ocular Surface Center, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DQL SCP JL. Performed the experiments: DQL JL KCY LZ CSP RL PM. Analyzed the data: DQL JL KCY ZS SCP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DQL CSP. Wrote the paper: JL DQL ZS.