About the Authors

Xiaofei Gao, Philip R. Hardwidge
Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Fengyi Wan, Michael J. Lenardo
Laboratory of Immunology, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Kristina Mateo, Dan Wang, Feng Li
Department of Veterinary Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, United States of America

Eduardo Callegari, Michael S. Chaussee
Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, United States of America

Wanyin Deng, B. Brett Finlay
Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jose Puente
Departamento de Microbiología Molecular, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Corresponding Author

phardwidge@kumc.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: XG PRH. Performed the experiments: XG FW KM EC PRH. Analyzed the data: XG FW FL MJL PRH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: FW KM EC DW WD JP FL MSC BBF MJL. Wrote the paper: XG PRH.