About the Authors

He Yuling

Contributed equally to this work with: He Yuling, Xiao Ruijing, Ji Xiang, Li Li

flying_bird2004@sina.com (HY); jinquan_tan@whu.edu.cn (TJ)

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Xiao Ruijing

Contributed equally to this work with: He Yuling, Xiao Ruijing, Ji Xiang, Li Li

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Ji Xiang

Contributed equally to this work with: He Yuling, Xiao Ruijing, Ji Xiang, Li Li

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Li Li

Contributed equally to this work with: He Yuling, Xiao Ruijing, Ji Xiang, Li Li

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Immune-related Diseases, Centre for Medical Research, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Chen Lang

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Immune-related Diseases, Centre for Medical Research, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Xiong Jie

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Section of Geriatrics, Departments of Internal Medicine, The Renmin University Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Xiao Wei

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Wang Yujuan

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Immune-related Diseases, Centre for Medical Research, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Zhang Lijun

Affiliation Section of Geriatrics, Departments of Internal Medicine, The Renmin University Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Zhou Rui

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Immune-related Diseases, Centre for Medical Research, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Tan Xinti

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Bi Yongyi

Affiliation Wuhan University School of Public Health, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Jiang Yan-Ping

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Jin Youxin

Affiliation The State Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Tan Jinquan

flying_bird2004@sina.com (HY); jinquan_tan@whu.edu.cn (TJ)

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China, Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Institute of Allergy and Immune-related Diseases, Centre for Medical Research, Wuhan University School of Medicine, Wuhan, People's Republic of China

Competing Interests

TJ, HY, XR, XW, LL, and WL have a patent pending on a method to establish the EBV-challenged human-thymus/liver-SCID chimera for NKT cell research and therapeutic usage.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HY TJ. Performed the experiments: HY XR JX LL CL XJ XW WY ZL ZR TX BY JYP JY TJ. Analyzed the data: HY XR JX LL CL XJ XW WY ZL ZR TX BY JYP JY TJ. Wrote the paper: HY TJ.