Shi-Yuan Liu, Zhe Qiao, Jian-Tao Jiang, Shao-Min Li, Wei Zhang, Jin Zhang, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710004, Shaanxi Province, China
Wei Chen, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu Province, China
Ehtesham Annait Chughtai, Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, China
Author contributions: Liu SY, Chen W and Zhang J designed the research; Qiao Z, Jiang JT, Li SM and Zhang W performed the research; Liu SY and Chughtai EA analyzed data; Liu SY and Chughtai EA wrote the paper.
Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 81602023.
Institutional review board statement: Written consent was obtained from each subject and the study procedures were approved by the ethical committees of the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardian, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Jin Zhang, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, No. 157 Xi Wu Lu, Xi’an 710004, Shaanxi Province, China. email@example.com
Received: December 30, 2016
Peer-review started: January 1, 2017
First decision: February 9, 2017
Revised: February 19, 2017
Accepted: March 2, 2017
Article in press: March 2, 2017
Published online: April 14, 2017