Funding for this research was provided by:
National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (MAARIFAH), King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (13-B101206-02)
Received: 20 November 2019
Accepted: 18 January 2020
First Online: 29 January 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was carried out in strict accordance with the German law on animal protection. The maintenance of mice as well as the experimental protocol of the study were officially approved by the State-controlled Committee on the Ethics of Animal Experiments of the State Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany, and were regularly monitored without prior notice by the local authorities. All efforts were undertaken to minimize the suffering of mice.
: Not applicable.
: Author Denis Delić was employed by company Boehringer Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Ingelheim, Biberach, Germany. All other authors declare no competing interests.