About the Authors

Steven D. Schutt

Contributed equally to this work with: Steven D. Schutt, Jianing Fu

Affiliation Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Jianing Fu

Contributed equally to this work with: Steven D. Schutt, Jianing Fu

Affiliations Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America, Cancer Biology PhD Program, University of South Florida and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Hung Nguyen

Affiliation Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

David Bastian

Affiliation Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Jessica Heinrichs

Affiliation Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Yongxia Wu

Affiliation Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Chen Liu

Affiliation Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Daniel G. McDonald

Affiliation Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Joseph Pidala

Affiliation Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Department, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Xue-Zhong Yu

yux@musc.edu

Affiliations Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: XY JP SS. Performed the experiments: SS JF HN DB JH YW CL. Analyzed the data: SS JF DB JH YW. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DGM. Wrote the paper: SS JF XY.