About the Authors

Xuemei Xie

Contributed equally to this work with: Xuemei Xie, Hongjie Gao

Affiliations Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Affiliated Hospital of Guilin Medical University, Guilin, Guangxi, PR China, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Hongjie Gao

Contributed equally to this work with: Xuemei Xie, Hongjie Gao

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Shimin Wu

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Yue Zhao

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Caiqi Du

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Guandou Yuan

Affiliation Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Guilin Medical University, Affiliated Hospital, Guilin, Guangxi, 541001, P.R. China

Qin Ning

Affiliation Department of Infectious Diseases, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Kenneth McCormick

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Xiaoping Luo

xpluo@tjh.tjmu.edu.cn

Affiliation Department of Pediatrics, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HG XX XL. Performed the experiments: HG SW YZ CD. Analyzed the data: XL XX HG GY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: XX HG SW XL KM QN. Wrote the paper: XX HG XL.