About the Authors

Yoko Nagumo

Affiliations Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Akiko Iguchi-Manaka

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Yumi Yamashita-Kanemaru

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Fumie Abe

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Günter Bernhardt

Affiliation Institute of Immunology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Akira Shibuya

ashibuya@md.tsukuba.ac.jp (AS); kazukos@md.tsukuba.ac.jp (KS)

Affiliations Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, Life Science Center of Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance (TARA), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Kazuko Shibuya

ashibuya@md.tsukuba.ac.jp (AS); kazukos@md.tsukuba.ac.jp (KS)

Affiliation Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: YN AI-M AS KS. Performed the experiments: YN YY-K FA. Analyzed the data: YN AI-M YY-K FA GB AS KS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: YN YY-K FA GB. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: YN AI-M AS KS.