Yong-Wei Xu, Rui-Xin Xing, Wen-Hui Zhang, Lu Li, Yi Wu, Jing Hu, Xi Chen, Department of Gastroenterology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei 230022, Anhui Province, China
Cong Wang, Qing-Li Luo, Ji-Long Shen, Department of Pathogen Biology, Provincial Laboratory of Pathogen Biology and Zoonoses Anhui, Anhui Medical University, Hefei 230032, Anhui Province, China
Author contributions: Chen X, Sheng JL and Xu YW conceived and designed the trial; Xu YW, Li L, Xing RX and Wu Y performed the experiments; Xu YW, Zhang WH, Hu J, Wang C and Luo QL analysed the data; Xu YW wrote the manuscript; Chen X, Sheng JL and Xu YW critically revised the manuscript; All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 81471983; the Key Research and Development Plan Project of Anhui Province, Department of Science and Technology 2019, No. 201904a07020043; the Key Project of Natural Science Research in the Universities of Anhui Provence, No. KJ2017A202; and the Research Fund Project of Anhui Institute of Transforming Medicine, No. 2017zhyx04.
Institutional review board statement: This study does not involve human and animal subjects.
Institutional animal care and use committee statement: No animal models were used in this study.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None of the authors has any conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
ARRIVE guidelines statement: The ARRIVE guidelines have been adopted.
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Corresponding author: Xi Chen, MD, PhD, Chief Doctor, Dean, Director, Professor, Senior Researcher, Department of Gastroenterology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, No. 218 Ji Xi Road, Hefei 230022, Anhui Province, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: August 9, 2019
Peer-review started: August 9, 2019
First decision: September 19, 2019
Revised: October 3, 2019
Accepted: November 13, 2019
Article in press: November 13, 2019
Published online: December 7, 2019