About the Authors

Masako Shimamura

mshimamura@peds.uab.edu

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Joanne E. Murphy-Ullrich

Affiliation Department of Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

William J. Britt

Affiliations Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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.