About the Authors

Shuang Mei

Contributed equally to this work with: Shuang Mei, Xuefeng Yang

Affiliation Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Xuefeng Yang

Contributed equally to this work with: Shuang Mei, Xuefeng Yang

Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, P. R. China

Affiliation Department of Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Huailan Guo

Department of Preventive Medicine, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, Hubei, P. R. China

Affiliation Department of Nutrition, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Haihua Gu

Affiliation Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Longying Zha

Affiliations Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, South Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Junwei Cai

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, Hubei, China

Xuefeng Li

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, Hubei, China

Zhenqi Liu

Affiliation Department of Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

Brian J. Bennett

Affiliation Department of Human Genetics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America

Ling He

caow@unc.edu (WC); heling@jhmi.edu (LH)

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Wenhong Cao

caow@unc.edu (WC); heling@jhmi.edu (LH)

Affiliations Nutrition Research Institute at Kannapolis, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Taihe Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, Hubei, China, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SM XY H. Guo H. Gu WC. Performed the experiments: SM XY H. Guo H. Gu WC. Analyzed the data: SM XY H. Guo H. Gu WC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LZ JC XL ZL BB LH. Wrote the paper: WC.