About the Authors

Xiaonan Dong

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Hao Feng

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Qinmiao Sun

Affiliation The State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chao Yang District, Beijing, People's Republic of China

Haiyan Li

Affiliation Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Ting-Ting Wu

Affiliation Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Ren Sun

Affiliation Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Scott A. Tibbetts

Affiliation Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

Zhijian J. Chen

Affiliation Department of Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Pinghui Feng

Pinghui.Feng@UTSouthwestern.edu

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: XD PF. Performed the experiments: XD HF HL PF. Analyzed the data: XD HL SAT PF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: XD HF QS TTW RS ZJC PF. Wrote the paper: XD SAT PF.