About the Authors

Roberto Marci

Contributed equally to this work with: Roberto Marci, Valentina Gentili

Affiliations Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, Section of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, School of Medicine, University of Geneve, Geneve, Switzerland

Valentina Gentili

Contributed equally to this work with: Roberto Marci, Valentina Gentili

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Daria Bortolotti

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Giuseppe Lo Monte

Affiliation Human Reproduction Centre–Brunico Hospital, Brunico (BZ), Italy

Elisabetta Caselli

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Silvia Bolzani

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Antonella Rotola

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Dario Di Luca

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Roberta Rizzo

rbr@unife.it

Affiliation Department of Medical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RR RM DDL. Performed the experiments: VG DB EC SB. Analyzed the data: AR RR. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GLM. Wrote the paper: RR RM DDL.