About the Authors

Tammy R. Ozment, Tuanzhu Ha, Chuanfu Li, David L. Williams
Department of Surgery, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

Kevin F. Breuel, Tiffany R. Ford
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

Donald A. Ferguson
Department of Biomedical Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

John Kalbfleisch
Department of Medical Education, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

John B. Schweitzer
Department of Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

Jim L. Kelley
Department of Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America

Corresponding Author

ozmentsk@etsu.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TRO TH JLK CL DLW. Performed the experiments: TRO TH KFB TRF DAF JBS. Analyzed the data: TRO JBS JK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KFB. Wrote the paper: TRO TH DLW.