About the Authors

Hua Niu

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Biosciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Vera Kozjak-Pavlovic

Affiliation Biocenter, Department of Microbiology, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, Würzburg, Germany

Thomas Rudel

Affiliation Biocenter, Department of Microbiology, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, Würzburg, Germany

Yasuko Rikihisa

rikihisa.1@osu.edu

Affiliation Department of Veterinary Biosciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HN VKP TR YR. Performed the experiments: HN VKP. Analyzed the data: HN VKP TR YR. Wrote the paper: HN VKP TR YR.