About the Authors

Andrea Knight

Affiliation The Department of Haematology, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Hilal Arnouk

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

William Britt

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

G. Yancey Gillespie

Affiliation Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Gretchen A. Cloud

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Lualhati Harkins

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Yun Su

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mark W. Lowdell

Contributed equally to this work with: Mark W. Lowdell, Lawrence S. Lamb

Affiliation The Department of Haematology, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Lawrence S. Lamb

Contributed equally to this work with: Mark W. Lowdell, Lawrence S. Lamb

Lawrence.Lamb@ccc.uab.edu

Affiliations Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

¶ LSL and MWL contributed equally to this work as joint senior authors.

Conceived and designed the experiments: AK LSL WB GYG MWL. Performed the experiments: AK HA YS LH. Analyzed the data: LL AK GYG GC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GYG. Wrote the paper: AK LL WB GYG.