About the Authors

Xi-Yong Yu

Contributed equally to this work with: Xi-Yong Yu, Hong-Mei Chen

yuxycn@hotmail.com (X-YY); yangxin_li@yahoo.com (YL); yuxycn@163.com (S-GL)

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Hong-Mei Chen

Contributed equally to this work with: Xi-Yong Yu, Hong-Mei Chen

Affiliations Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, Division of Endocrinology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Jia-Liang Liang

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Qiu-Xiong Lin

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Hong-Hong Tan

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Yong-Heng Fu

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Xiao-Ying Liu

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Zhi-Xin Shan

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Xiao-Hong Li

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Hua-Zhang Yang

Affiliation Division of Endocrinology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Min Yang

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Yangxin Li

yuxycn@hotmail.com (X-YY); yangxin_li@yahoo.com (YL); yuxycn@163.com (S-GL)

Affiliation Texas Heart Institute and University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Shu-Guang Lin

yuxycn@hotmail.com (X-YY); yangxin_li@yahoo.com (YL); yuxycn@163.com (S-GL)

Affiliation Medical Research Center, Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: X-YY S-GL. Performed the experiments: H-MC J-LL Q-XL H-HT Y-HF X-YL Z-XS X-HL H-ZY MY. Analyzed the data: X-YY YL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: X-YY YL S-GL. Wrote the paper: X-YY. Revised the paper: YL.