About the Authors
- Elena Chiappini, Francesca Bonsignori, Sara Sollai, Luisa Galli, Maurizio de Martino
- Anna Meyer University Hospital, Department of Science for Woman and Child Health, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
- Chiara Della Bella, Amedeo Amedei, Elena Niccolai, Gianfranco Del Prete, Mario M. D'Elios
- Department of Internal Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
- Mahavir Singh
- Lionex GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany
MS is the owner and director of commercial company Lionex GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany. Lionex has not provided any financial support for the research mentioned in the manuscript. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials. All other authors do not have a commercial or other association that might pose a conflict of interest.
Performed the experiments: MdM CDB MMD AA EN MS. Analyzed the data: EC FB LG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MdM CDB MMD. Wrote the paper: EC MMD MdM FB. Performed data collection, analysis and wrote the draft: EC GFDP CDB MdM. Supervised the project: MdM. Performed data collection and analysis: LG FB SS. Commented on and approved the final draft: EC CDB FB SS AA LG EN GFDP MS MMD MdM.