Nagi Elleisy, Sarah Rohde, Astrid Huth, Nicole Gittel, Georg Lamprecht, Holger Schäffler, Robert Jaster, Department of Medicine II, Division of Gastroenterology, Rostock University Medical Center, Rostock 18057, Germany
Änne Glass, Steffen Möller, Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research, Rostock 18057, Germany
Author contributions: Schäffler H, Rohde S and Jaster R designed the study; Huth A, Schäffler H and Lamprecht G took reponsibility for patient care and follow-up; Elleisy N, Rohde S and Jaster R performed the experiments; Gittel N, Huth A and Schäffler H collected the samples and performed the clinical characterisation of the patients; Elleisy N, Glass Ä, Möller S and Jaster R performed the biostatistics; all authors analyzed the data; Schäffler H and Jaster R wrote the manuscript and contributed equally and share senior authorship.
Supported by the Damp-Foundation, No. 2016-04.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by the ethic board of the Medical Faculty of the University of Rostock (A 2017-0137). Written informed consent was obtained from each participant prior to enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Robert Jaster, MD, Academic Research, Professor, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Senior Scientist, Department of Medicine II, Division of Gastroenterology, Rostock University Medical Center, E.-Heydemann-Str. 6, Rostock 18057, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: February 4, 2020
Peer-review started: February 4, 2020
First decision: March 21, 2020
Revised: April 13, 2020
Accepted: April 29, 2020
Article in press: April 29, 2020
Published online: May 14, 2020