About the Authors

Kun Wang

Contributed equally to this work with: Kun Wang, Vidya Bodempudi

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Vidya Bodempudi

Contributed equally to this work with: Kun Wang, Vidya Bodempudi

Affiliation Department of Medicine, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Zhengian Liu

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Emma Borrego-Diaz

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Farnaz Yamoutpoor

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Anna Meyer

Affiliation Department of Medicine, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Richard A. Woo

Affiliation Southern Illinois University Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

Weihong Pan

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Arkadiusz Z. Dudek

Affiliation Department of Medicine, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Mojtaba S. Olyaee

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Tuba Esfandyari

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Faris Farassati

ffarassati@kumc.edu

Affiliation Molecular Medicine Laboratory, Divisions of Gastroenterology and Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FF. Performed the experiments: KW VB ZL FY WP AM FF EBD. Analyzed the data: AZD MSO TE FF. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MSO RW. Wrote the paper: FF KW.