About the Authors

Hilda T. Draeger

Contributed equally to this work with: Hilda T. Draeger, Shervin Assassi, Brock E. Harper

Current address: Austin Regional Clinic, Austin, Texas, United States of America

Affiliation Division of Rheumatology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Shervin Assassi

Contributed equally to this work with: Hilda T. Draeger, Shervin Assassi, Brock E. Harper

shervin.assassi@uth.tmc.edu

Affiliation Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Roozbeh Sharif

Affiliations Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Emilio B. Gonzalez

Affiliation University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Brock E. Harper

Contributed equally to this work with: Hilda T. Draeger, Shervin Assassi, Brock E. Harper

Current address: Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Austin, Texas, United States of America

Affiliation University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

Frank C. Arnett

Affiliation Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Ameena Manzoor

Affiliation Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Richard A. Lange

Affiliation Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

Maureen D. Mayes

Affiliation Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interest exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HTD SA RS EBG BH FCA AM RAL MDM. Performed the experiments: HTD SA RS EBG BH FCA AM RAL MDM. Analyzed the data: HTD SA RS EBG BH FCA AM RAL MDM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HTD SA RS EBG BH FCA AM RAL MDM. Wrote the paper: HTD SA RS EBG BH FCA AM RAL MDM.