About the Authors

Niaz Sahibzada

Affiliation Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3900 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States of America

Allen W. Mangel

Affiliation RTI Health Solutions, 3090 Cornwallis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, United States of America

Jaclyn E. Tatge

Affiliation Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3900 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States of America

Kenneth L. Dretchen

Affiliation Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3900 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States of America

Michael R. Franz

Affiliation Cardiology Division, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 50 Irving St, NW, Washington, DC, 20422, United States of America

Renu Virmani

Affiliation CVPath Institute, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20878, United States of America

Richard A. Gillis

gillisr@georgetown.edu

Affiliation Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 3900 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NS AWM KLD MRF RV RAG. Performed the experiments: NS JET. Analyzed the data: NS RAG. Wrote the paper: NS AWM KLD MRF RAG.