About the Authors

Ryuichi Ito

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Shintaro Narita

nari6202@gipc.akita-u.ac.jp

Affiliations Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan, AMED-CREST, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Mingguo Huang

Affiliations Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan, AMED-CREST, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Taketoshi Nara

Affiliation Department of Urology, Yamagata University Graduate School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan

Kazuyuki Numakura

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Koichiro Takayama

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Hiroshi Tsuruta

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Atsushi Maeno

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Mitsuru Saito

Affiliation Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan

Takamitsu Inoue

Affiliations Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan, AMED-CREST, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Norihiko Tsuchiya

Affiliation Department of Urology, Yamagata University Graduate School of Medicine, Yamagata, Japan

Shigeru Satoh

Affiliation Center for Kidney Disease and Transplantation, Akita University Hospital, Akita, Japan

Tomonori Habuchi

Affiliations Department of Urology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita, Japan, AMED-CREST, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization: RI SN TH. Data curation: RI SN. Formal analysis: RI SN MH. Funding acquisition: SN TH. Investigation: RI TN KT. Methodology: SN NT TH. Project administration: SN TH. Resources: KN HT AM MS TI SS. Software: RI SN. Supervision: SN NT TH. Validation: SN NT TH. Visualization: RI SN. Writing – original draft: RI. Writing – review & editing: SN TH.