About the Authors

Wei Ni

Affiliations College of Life Sciences, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China, Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Jun Qiao

Affiliation College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China

Shengwei Hu

shengwei.hu@aggiemail.usu.edu (SH); irina.polejaeva@usu.edu (IP); chencf1962@yahoo.com (CC)

Affiliation Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Xinxia Zhao

Affiliation College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China

Misha Regouski

Affiliation Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Min Yang

Affiliation Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Irina A. Polejaeva

shengwei.hu@aggiemail.usu.edu (SH); irina.polejaeva@usu.edu (IP); chencf1962@yahoo.com (CC)

Affiliation Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, United States of America

Chuangfu Chen

shengwei.hu@aggiemail.usu.edu (SH); irina.polejaeva@usu.edu (IP); chencf1962@yahoo.com (CC)

Affiliation College of Animal Science and Technology, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SH IP CC. Performed the experiments: WN SH JQ XZ MY MR. Analyzed the data: SH WN IP CC. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SH MR. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: SH WN IP CC.