About the Authors

Roland H. Stimson

roland.stimson@ed.ac.uk

Affiliation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Gerald E. Lobley

Affiliation Division of Obesity and Metabolic Health, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Ioanna Maraki

Affiliation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nicholas M. Morton

Affiliation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Ruth Andrew

Affiliation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Brian R. Walker

Affiliation Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, Queen's Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Competing Interests

Authors RHS, GEL, IM, NMM and RA have nothing to declare. BRW is an inventor on relevant patents owned by the University of Edinburgh (WO97/07789, WO2002/076435, WO2006/021744, WO2007/029021). This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RHS GEL NMM BRW. Performed the experiments: RHS GEL IM. Analyzed the data: RHS IM RA. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GEL BRW. Wrote the paper: RHS GEL IM NMM RA BRW.