Funding for this research was provided by:
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cagliari (FIR project 2016-17)
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Received: 19 June 2019
Accepted: 3 February 2020
First Online: 13 February 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was carried out in keeping with the guidelines approved by the Local Ethical Committee of the University-Hospital Society at the San Giovanni City Hospital (AOU-EC) of Cagliari (ref. number EC47-2016). The research implied no more than minimal risk of harm to subjects and involved no procedures for which written consent is normally required outside of the research context, therefore blood samples were collected after receiving verbal informed consent from all the subjects, and anonymized before use. All samples were collected between 2008 and 2016 at the blood donor service, Cagliari’s San Giovanni City Hospital.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.