About the Authors
- Mei Li, Weipeng Lu, Hong Wei, Shen Lu
- Central Laboratory, The Second Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, PR China
- Qiuping Zhang
- Department of Pathology, The First Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, PR China
- Lina Liu
- Department of Internal Medicine, The First Hospital of Dalian Medical University, Dalian, PR China
- Rachel W. Li
- Medical School, The Australian Medical University, Canberra, Australia
This work was supported by the National Nature Science Funds in China (Fund No. 81071805) and Dalian Merricon Gene Diagnosis Technology Co., Ltd. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.
Conceived and designed the experiments: ML SL. Performed the experiments: ML WL HW. Analyzed the data: ML SL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ML QZ LL SL. Wrote the manuscript: ML SL RWL.