About the Authors

Masako Shimamura, William J. Britt
Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Joanne E. Murphy-Ullrich
Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

William J. Britt
Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Corresponding Author

mshimamura@peds.uab.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MS JEMU. Performed the experiments: MS. Analyzed the data: MS JEMU WJB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MS JEMU WJB. Wrote the paper: MS JEMU WJB.