About the Authors

Savannah E. Howe

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America

Duane J. Lickteig

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America

Kyle N. Plunkett

Affiliation Department of Chemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America

Jan S. Ryerse

Affiliation Department of Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Vjollca Konjufca

vjollca@micro.siu.edu

Affiliation Department of Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: VK. Performed the experiments: VK SEH DJL KNP. Analyzed the data: VK SEH DJL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: VK JSR KNP. Wrote the paper: VK. Revised the manuscript: VK SEH JSR KNP.