About the Authors

Pierdomenico Ruggeri

Contributed equally to this work with: Pierdomenico Ruggeri, Antonietta R. Farina

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Antonietta R. Farina

Contributed equally to this work with: Pierdomenico Ruggeri, Antonietta R. Farina

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Natalia Di Ianni

Affiliations Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy, Department of Medical-Surgical Science and Biotechnology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Latina, Italy

Lucia Cappabianca

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Marzia Ragone

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Giulia Ianni

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Alberto Gulino

Affiliation Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Andrew R. Mackay

andrewreay.mackay@univaq.it

Affiliation Department of Applied Clinical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ARM. Performed the experiments: PR ARF NDI LC MR GI. Analyzed the data: PR ARF NDI ARM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AG. Wrote the paper: ARM.