About the Authors

Janna C. Welleweerd

‡ These authors contributed equally to this work.

Affiliation Vascular Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Bastiaan G. L. Nelissen

‡ These authors contributed equally to this work.

Affiliations Vascular Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands, Experimental Cardiology laboratory, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Dave Koole

Affiliations Vascular Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands, Experimental Cardiology laboratory, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Jean-Paul P. M. de Vries

Affiliation Vascular Surgery, St Antonius Hospital, Koekoekslaan 1, 3435CM Nieuwegein, the Netherlands

Frans L. Moll

Affiliation Vascular Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Gerard Pasterkamp

Affiliation Experimental Cardiology laboratory, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Aryan Vink

Affiliation Pathology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Gert Jan de Borst

G.J.deBorst-2@umcutrecht.nl

Affiliation Vascular Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584CX Utrecht, the Netherlands

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JPPMdV FLM GP AV GJdB. Performed the experiments: JCW BGLN JPPMdV. Analyzed the data: JCW BGLN DK AV. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: BGLN AV. Wrote the paper: JCW BGLN. Critical revision of the article: DK JPPMdV FLM GP AV GJdB. Statistical analysis: JCW BGLN.