About the Authors

Chih-Ching Yen

Contributed equally to this work with: Chih-Ching Yen, Yi-Wen Lai

Affiliations Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, College of Health Care, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Yi-Wen Lai

Contributed equally to this work with: Chih-Ching Yen, Yi-Wen Lai

Affiliation Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Hsiao-Ling Chen

Affiliation Department of Bioresources, Da-Yeh University, Changhwa, Taiwan

Cheng-Wei Lai

Affiliation Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Chien-Yu Lin

Affiliation Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Wei Chen

Affiliations Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, Department of Internal Medicine, Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Chia-Yi, Taiwan

Yu-Ping Kuan

Affiliation Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Wu-Huei Hsu

Affiliations Department of Internal Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, College of Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Chuan-Mu Chen

chchen1@dragon.nchu.edu.tw

Affiliations Department of Life Sciences, and Agricultural Biotechnology Center, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: C-MC H-LC. Performed the experiments: C-CY Y-WL C-WL C-YL Y-PK. Analyzed the data: W-HH C-CY C-MC. Wrote the paper: C-CY C-MC. Provided anatomic examinations: WC C-CY. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.