∗Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, China
†Nanshan School, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China
‡The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Functional Experiment Center, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
Reprints: Jianxing He, MD, Department of Thoracic Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China/State Key Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases, Guangzhou, China/National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Center for Respiratory Disease, Guangzhou, China. E-mail: [email protected].
Author contributions: All authors were involved in the conception and design of the study. H-R.L., W.-H.L., and D.-F.C. contributed to the data acquisition. Y.-Y.Z., S.-Y.Z., J.-R.Z., L.Z., and J.-X.H. contributed to the analysis and writing of the manuscript. All authors critically reviewed and approved the final manuscript.
Funding: This work was supported by the following funding: Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, China (Grant numbers: 2007B031515017; 2008A030201024); Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangzhou, China (Grant numbers: 2007Z1-E0111; 2007Z3-E0261); Guangzhou Health and Medical Collaborative Innovative Major Special Projects (Grant No. 201400000001–2).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
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