About the Authors

Yashodhar P. Bhandary

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Shwetha K. Shetty

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Amarnath S. Marudamuthu

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Krishna K. Midde

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Hong-Long Ji

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Homoyoun Shams

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Renuka Subramaniam

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Jian Fu

Affiliation Center for Research on Environmental Disease and Toxicology, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

Steven Idell

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Sreerama Shetty

sreerama.shetty@uthct.edu

Affiliation Texas Lung Injury Institute, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SS. Performed the experiments: YPB SKS ASM RS KKM. Analyzed the data: YPB SKS ASM RS KKM SS HS HLJ JF SI. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HS HLJ JF SI. Wrote the paper: SS HS HLJ JF SI. Participated in the presentation of the manuscript: YPB SKS ASM RS KKM. Reviewed and approved the final content of the manuscript: YPB SKS ASM RS KKM SS HS HLJ JF SI.