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About the article
Published Online: 2018-11-29
Published in Print: 2019-06-26
Author contributions: DCW, SYY, HLL, and ZJW designed the experiments. DCW and CCM analyzed the data. DCW, LQ, XQC, SLY, YCY, and HLL were involved in scientific discussions. DCW, SLY, HLL, CCM, LQ, and ZJW drafted and revised the manuscript. CCM, XZG and DDL drafted the figures. YYH, SYL, GHY, and HCL measured the TSH concentrations. All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.
Research funding: This work was funded by research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 81702060) (http://www.nsfc.gov.cn/).
Employment or leadership: None declared.
Honorarium: None declared.
Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.