Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institutes of Health (R01AI148711)
U.S. Department of Defense (W81XWH-18-1-0315)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (Faculty Start-up funds)
Received: 16 October 2020
Accepted: 5 January 2021
First Online: 19 January 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: All animal experiments were performed in compliance with federal laws and institutional guidelines as approved by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Animal Care and Use Committee.
: Not applicable
: The authors have declared that no conflict of interests exists.