Robert C Sharp, Saleh A Naser, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, United States
Shazia A Beg, University of Central College of Medicine, Health Center, Orlando, FL 32816, United States
Author contributions: Sharp RC is the primary author who performed all experiments, collected data and participated in writing the manuscript; Beg SA is the clinical coordinator in this study and has supervised recruitment of subjects, collection of clinical samples and transmitting of relevant data to the investigators. She played a vital role in analyzing the data and revising the manuscript; Naser SA is the leading investigator in the lab and has supervised all aspects of the study including writing and editing of the manuscript.
Supported by the Florida Legislative Grant and the Crohn’s Disease Grant Funded by the State of Florida (in part).
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by the University of Central Florida Institutional Review Board #IRB00001138. Each subject completed and signed a written consent form before samples were collected. Each subject signed a written consent form for publication purposes.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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Correspondence to: Saleh A Naser, PhD, Professor, Associate Director, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida, 4110 Libra Drive, Orlando, FL 32816, United States. email@example.com
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Received: December 20, 2017
Peer-review started: December 21, 2017
First decision: December 27, 2017
Revised: January 3, 2018
Accepted: January 18, 2018
Article in press: January 18, 2018
Published online: February 14, 2018