About the Authors

Wei-Dong Lü

Contributed equally to this work with: Wei-Dong Lü, Lei Zhang, Chun-Lin Wu

wdlu76@aliyun.com

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tumor Hospital of Shaanxi Province, Affiliated to the Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China

Lei Zhang

Contributed equally to this work with: Wei-Dong Lü, Lei Zhang, Chun-Lin Wu

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin Lung Cancer Center, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, PR China

Chun-Lin Wu

Contributed equally to this work with: Wei-Dong Lü, Lei Zhang, Chun-Lin Wu

Affiliation Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, PR China

Zhi-Gang Liu

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tumor Hospital of Shaanxi Province, Affiliated to the Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China

Guang-Yan Lei

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tumor Hospital of Shaanxi Province, Affiliated to the Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China

Jia Liu

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tumor Hospital of Shaanxi Province, Affiliated to the Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China

Wei Gao

Affiliation Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tumor Hospital of Shaanxi Province, Affiliated to the Medical College of Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, PR China

Ye-Rong Hu

Affiliation Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan Province, PR China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WDL LZ GYL. Performed the experiments: CLW JL WG. Analyzed the data: WDL ZGL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: WDL YRH. Wrote the paper: WDL LZ. Obtained permission for use of cell line: CLW.