Funding for this research was provided by:
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (15H02657, 16H06279, 16H05191, 18KK0266, 17K08834)
National Institutes of Health (DK62813)
Received: 8 April 2019
Accepted: 12 September 2019
First Online: 21 September 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The animals used in this study were cared for in accordance with our institutional guidelines. Gerbils had free access to food and drinking water throughout the experiment. The experimental protocol was approved by the Animal Care Committee of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.