About the Authors

Hiroshi Kurazumi

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Masayuki Kubo

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Mako Ohshima

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Yumi Yamamoto

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Yoshihiro Takemoto

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Ryo Suzuki

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Shigeru Ikenaga

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Akihito Mikamo

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Koichi Udo

Affiliation Institute for Biomedical Research and Education, Yamaguchi University Science Research Center, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Kimikazu Hamano

Affiliation Department of Surgery and Clinical Science, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan

Tao-Sheng Li

litaoshe@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Affiliation Department of Stem Cell Biology, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Nagasaki, Japan

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HK KH TL. Performed the experiments: HK MK MO YY YT RS SI KU AM TL. Analyzed the data: HK MK YY SI AM KU KH TL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KU. Wrote the paper: HK KH TL.