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SP and MC contributed equally.
Contributors SP, CG, EG and PP conceived and designed the experiments. SP and MC conducted the experiments, analysis of samples, analysis and interpretation of data. MB, SM, MP and IC helped with patients’ enrolment and data analysis. SP, MC, EG and PP wrote the manuscript. All authors have reviewed and approved the content and submission of this manuscript.
Disclaimer Since this article has been published the author name Ilaria Casetta has been updated.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval The Committee for Medical Ethics in Research of the University of Ferrara.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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