Funding for this research was provided by:
National Natural Science Foundation of China (81472087)
National Institutes of Health (RO1 AR066539)
Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (1508085MC45)
Received: 22 August 2018
Revised: 28 November 2018
Accepted: 12 December 2018
First Online: 11 January 2019
: All animal experiments in this study followed the guidelines approved by the Animal Care and Use Committees at Anhui Medical University (Protocol: LLSC20140042) and at Northwestern University (Protocol: IS00001002). The use of the deidentified human material was approved by the Medical Research Ethics Committee of Anhui Provincial Hospital (Serial number: P-023), the Primary Affiliated Hospital of China University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China. Due to the nature of the deidentified human material, we have relied on the IRB/ethics committee to review the study and the consent process.
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