About the Authors

Shaoyan Zhang

Affiliations Departments of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Daniel Skinner

Affiliations Departments of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Stephen Bradley Hicks

Affiliation Departments of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Mark O. Bevensee

Affiliations Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Eric J. Sorscher

Affiliations Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Ahmed Lazrak

Affiliation Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Sadis Matalon

Affiliation Department of Anesthesiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Carmel M. McNicholas

Affiliation Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Bradford A. Woodworth

bwoodwo@hotmail.com

Affiliations Departments of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Competing Interests

I have read the journal's policy and have the following conflicts: Bradford Woodworth, MD and Eric Sorscher, MD are inventors on a patent pending regarding the use of chloride secretagogues for therapy of sinus disease (Methods, Kits and Compositions for Affecting Chloride Secretion and Ciliary Beating in the Sinonasal Epithelium) (35 U.S.C. n111(b) and 37 C.F.R n.53 (c)) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Sadis Matalon is the Principal Investigator of a research grant from GlaxoSmithKline to assess the effectiveness of new antagonists of the TRPA1 channel in chlorine toxicity. There are no further patents, products in development, or marketed products to declare.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SZ MOB EJS BAW. Performed the experiments: SZ DS SBH BAW. Analyzed the data: SZ DS SBH BAW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MOB EJS BAW AL SM CMM. Wrote the paper: SZ BAW.