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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345427/emotional-freedom-techniques-eft-as-a-practice-for-supporting-chronic-disease-healthcare-a-practitioners-perspective
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Mahima Kalla, Margaret Simmons, Anske Robinson, Peta Stapleton
PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to explore Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioners' experiences of using EFT to support chronic disease patients. This was part of a larger study exploring chronic disease patients' and EFT practitioners' experiences of using EFT to support chronic disease healthcare. METHODS: A qualitative approach was deemed suitable for this study. Eight practitioners were interviewed using semi-structured interviews via telephone or Zoom (an online video-conferencing platform)...
March 27, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345099/ultrasensitive-nanoparticle-enhanced-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-using-a-super-hydrophobic-substrate-coupled-with-magnetic-confinement
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Daming Dong, Leizi Jiao, Xiaofan Du, Chunjiang Zhao
In this study, we developed a substrate to enhance the sensitivity of LIBS by 5 orders of magnitude. Using a combination of field enhancement due to the metal nanoparticles in the substrate, the aggregate effect of super-hydrophobic interfaces and magnetic confinement, we performed a quantitative measurement of copper in solution with concentrations on the ppt level. We also demonstrated that the substrate improves quantitative measurements by providing an opportunity for internal standardization.
March 27, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340338/a-phase-separation-model-for-transcriptional-control
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Denes Hnisz, Krishna Shrinivas, Richard A Young, Arup K Chakraborty, Phillip A Sharp
Phase-separated multi-molecular assemblies provide a general regulatory mechanism to compartmentalize biochemical reactions within cells. We propose that a phase separation model explains established and recently described features of transcriptional control. These features include the formation of super-enhancers, the sensitivity of super-enhancers to perturbation, the transcriptional bursting patterns of enhancers, and the ability of an enhancer to produce simultaneous activation at multiple genes. This model provides a conceptual framework to further explore principles of gene control in mammals...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340332/super-elongation-complex-promotes-early-hiv-transcription-and-its-function-is-modulated-by-p-tefb
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Alona Kuzmina, Simona Krasnopolsky, Ran Taube
Early work on the control of transcription of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) laid the foundation for our current knowledge of how RNA Polymerase II is released from promoter-proximal pausing sites and transcription elongation is enhanced. The viral Tat activator recruits Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (P-TEFb) and Super Elongation Complex (SEC) that jointly drive transcription elongation. While substantial progress in understanding the role of SEC in HIV gene transcription elongation has been obtained, defining of the mechanisms that govern SEC functions is still limited, and the role of SEC in controlling HIV transcription in the absence of Tat is less clear...
February 17, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335007/a-class-of-circadian-long-non-coding-rnas-mark-enhancers-modulating-long-range-circadian-gene-regulation
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Zenghua Fan, Meng Zhao, Parth D Joshi, Ping Li, Yan Zhang, Weimin Guo, Yichi Xu, Haifang Wang, Zhihu Zhao, Jun Yan
Circadian rhythm exerts its influence on animal physiology and behavior by regulating gene expression at various levels. Here we systematically explored circadian long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in mouse liver and examined their circadian regulation. We found that a significant proportion of circadian lncRNAs are expressed at enhancer regions, mostly bound by two key circadian transcription factors, BMAL1 and REV-ERBα. These circadian lncRNAs showed similar circadian phases with their nearby genes. The extent of their nuclear localization is higher than protein coding genes but less than enhancer RNAs...
March 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334928/functional-assessment-of-ctcf-sites-at-cytokine-sensing-mammary-enhancers-using-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-in-mice
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Hye Kyung Lee, Michaela Willi, Chaochen Wang, Chul Min Yang, Harold E Smith, Chengyu Liu, Lothar Hennighausen
The zinc finger protein CTCF has been invoked in establishing boundaries between genes, thereby controlling spatial and temporal enhancer activities. However, there is limited genetic evidence to support the concept that these boundaries restrict the search space of enhancers. We have addressed this question in the casein locus containing five mammary and two non-mammary genes under the control of at least seven putative enhancers. We have identified two CTCF binding sites flanking the locus and two associated with a super-enhancer...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333635/blind-facial-image-quality-enhancement-using-non-rigid-semantic-patches
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Ester Hait, Guy Gilboa
We propose a new way to solve a very general blind inverse problem of multiple simultaneous degradations such as blur, resolution reduction, noise and contrast changes, without explicitly estimating the degradation. The proposed concept is based on combining semantic non-rigid patches, problem-specific high quality prior data and non-rigid registration tools. We show how a significant quality enhancement can be achieved, both visually and quantitatively, in the case of facial images. The method is demonstrated on the problem of cellular photography quality enhancement of dark facial images for different identities, expressions and poses, and is compared to state-of-the-art denoising, deblurring, super-resolution and colorcorrection methods...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333166/effect-of-probe-diffusion-on-the-sofi-imaging-accuracy
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Wim Vandenberg, Peter Dedecker
Live-cell super-resolution fluorescence imaging is becoming commonplace for exploring biological systems, though sample dynamics can affect the imaging quality. In this work we evaluate the effect of probe diffusion on super-resolution optical fluctuation imaging (SOFI), using a theoretical model and numerical simulations based on the imaging of live cells labelled with photochromic fluorescent proteins. We find that, over a range of physiological conditions, fluorophore diffusion results in a change in the amplitude of the SOFI signal...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329684/cis-regulatory-circuits-regulating-nek6-kinase-overexpression-in-transformed-b-cells-are-super-enhancer-independent
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Yue Huang, Olivia I Koues, Jiang-Yang Zhao, Regina Liu, Sarah C Pyfrom, Jacqueline E Payton, Eugene M Oltz
Alterations in distal regulatory elements that control gene expression underlie many diseases, including cancer. Epigenomic analyses of normal and diseased cells have produced correlative predictions for connections between dysregulated enhancers and target genes involved in pathogenesis. However, with few exceptions, these predicted cis-regulatory circuits remain untested. Here, we dissect cis-regulatory circuits that lead to overexpression of NEK6, a mitosis-associated kinase, in human B cell lymphoma. We find that only a minor subset of predicted enhancers is required for NEK6 expression...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323270/erratum-guidance-of-regulatory-t-cell-development-by-satb1-dependent-super-enhancer-establishment
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Yohko Kitagawa, Naganari Ohkura, Yujiro Kidani, Alexis Vandenbon, Keiji Hirota, Ryoji Kawakami, Keiko Yasuda, Daisuke Motooka, Shota Nakamura, Motonari Kondo, Ichiro Taniuchi, Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu, Shimon Sakaguchi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323209/sox9-a-genomic-view-of-tissue-specific-expression-and-action
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Aleisha Symon, Vincent Harley
The SOX9 transcription factor controls cell differentiation of many cell types among vertebrates. The SOX9 gene locus is large and complex and contains various tissue-specific enhancers. Individual enhancers direct specific expression of SOX9 in chondrocytes, Sertoli cells and cranial neural crest cells. Human SOX9 mutations can lead to either the complete Campomelic Dysplasia syndrome, or isolated clinical features, depending upon whether the mutation occurs in the coding region or in regulatory regions. Chromatin Immunoprecipitation has helped to define SOX9 control of target gene expression at the genome wide level in hair follicle stem cells and in chondrocytes where SOX9 binds at super-enhancers...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321449/catalysts-of-self-assembled-pt-ceo2-%C3%AE-rich-core-shell-nanoparticles-on-3d-ordered-macroporous-ce1-xzrxo2-for-soot-oxidation-nanostructure-dependent-catalytic-activity
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Yuechang Wei, Jinqing Jiao, Xindong Zhang, Baofang Jin, Zhen Zhao, Jing Xiong, Yazhao Li, Jian Liu, Jianmei Li
The catalytic performance in heterogeneous catalytic reactions consisting of solid reactants is strongly dependent on the nanostructure of the catalysts. Metal-oxides core-shell (MOCS) nanostructures have potential to enhance the catalytic activity for soot oxidation reactions as a result of optimizing the density of active sites located at the metal-oxide interface. Here, we report a facile strategy for fabricating nanocatalysts with self-assembled Pt@CeO2-δ-rich core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) supported on three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) Ce1-xZrxO2via the in situ colloidal crystal template (CCT) method...
March 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317902/a-natural-tandem-array-alleviates-epigenetic-repression-of-ipa1-and-leads-to-superior-yielding-rice
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Lin Zhang, Hong Yu, Bin Ma, Guifu Liu, Jianjun Wang, Junmin Wang, Rongcun Gao, Jinjun Li, Jiyun Liu, Jing Xu, Yingying Zhang, Qun Li, Xuehui Huang, Jianlong Xu, Jianming Li, Qian Qian, Bin Han, Zuhua He, Jiayang Li
Super hybrid rice varieties with ideal plant architecture (IPA) have been critical in enhancing food security worldwide. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their improved yield remain unclear. Here, we report the identification of a QTL, qWS8/ipa1-2D, in the super rice Yongyou12 (YY12) and related varieties. In-depth genetic molecular characterization of qWS8/ipa1-2D reveals that this newly identified QTL results from three distal naturally occurring tandem repeats upstream of IPA1, a key gene/locus previously shown to shape rice ideal plant architecture and greatly enhance grain yield...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317770/characterization-enhancement-and-modelling-of-mannosylerythritol-lipid-production-by-fungal-endophyte-ceriporia-lacerate-chzju
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Yongwu Niu, Linlin Fan, Di Gu, Jianan Wu, Qihe Chen
The glycolipid biosurfactants mannosylerythritol lipids (MELs) attract great attention for their biodegradability, super emulsifying properties and versatile bioactivities. In this study, the MEL deriving from Ceriporia lacerate CHZJU was identified as MEL-A, and its critical micelle concentration and emulsifying activities were assessed. To examine the production of MELs from Ceriporia lacerate, a Plackett-Burman design and response surface methodology were used to optimize the culture nutrients. The optimal medium contains 1g/L yeast extract, 1...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303322/super-sensitive-time-resolved-fluoroimmunoassay-for-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-utilizing-europium-iii-nanoparticle-labels-achieved-by-protein-corona-stabilization-short-binding-time-and-serum-preprocessing
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Tuomas Näreoja, Jessica M Rosenholm, Urpo Lamminmäki, Pekka E Hänninen
Thyrotropin or thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is used as a marker for thyroid function. More precise and more sensitive immunoassays are needed to facilitate continuous monitoring of thyroid dysfunctions and to assess the efficacy of the selected therapy and dosage of medication. Moreover, most thyroid diseases are autoimmune diseases making TSH assays very prone to immunoassay interferences due to autoantibodies in the sample matrix. We have developed a super-sensitive TSH immunoassay utilizing nanoparticle labels with a detection limit of 60 nU L(-1) in preprocessed serum samples by reducing nonspecific binding...
March 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301953/glucose-variability-aggravates-cardiac-fibrosis-by-altering-akt-signalling-path
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Changjiang Ying, Ting Liu, Hongwei Ling, Mingyue Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhou, Shanshan Wang, Yizhen Mao, Lei Chen, Runze Zhang, Wei Li
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of blood glucose variability on cardiac fibrosis and its mechanism in a model of diabetic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: A total of 45 Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: control, control diabetes mellitus and fluctuated blood glucose groups. Fluctuated blood glucose was induced by daily subcutaneous insulin and intraperitoneal glucose injections at different time points. Blood lipids and glycosylated haemoglobin A1c were assessed...
March 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300389/nature-inspired-na2ti3o7-nanosheets-formed-three-dimensional-microflowers-architecture-as-a-high-performance-anode-material-for-rechargeable-sodium-ion-batteries
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Shoaib Anwer, Yongxin Huang, Jia Liu, Jiajia Liu, Meng Xu, Ziheng Wang, Renjie Chen, Jiatao Zhang, Feng Wu
Low cycling stability and poor rate performance are two of the distinctive drawbacks of most electrode materials for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Here, inspired by natural flower structures, we take advantage of the three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical flower-like stable microstructures formed by two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets to solve these problems. By precise control of the hydrothermal synthesis conditions, a novel three-dimensional (3D) flower-like architecture consisting of 2D Na2Ti3O7 nanosheets (Na-TNSs) has been successfully synthesized...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299664/roles-of-runx-in-b-cell-immortalisation
#18
Michelle J West, Paul J Farrell
RUNX1 and RUNX3 are the main RUNX genes expressed in B lymphocytes. Both are expressed throughout B-cell development and play key roles at certain key developmental transitions. The tumour-associated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has potent B-cell transforming ability and manipulates RUNX3 and RUNX1 transcription through novel mechanisms to control B cell growth. In contrast to resting mature B cells where RUNX1 expression is high, in EBV-infected cells RUNX1 levels are low and RUNX3 levels are high. Downregulation of RUNX1 in these cells results from cross-regulation by RUNX3 and serves to relieve RUNX1-mediated growth repression...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299656/roles-of-the-runx1-enhancer-in-normal-hematopoiesis-and-leukemogenesis
#19
Wei-Siang Liau, Phuong Cao Thi Ngoc, Takaomi Sanda
Enhancers are regulatory elements in genomic DNA that contain specific sequence motifs that are bound by DNA-binding transcription factors. The activity of enhancers is tightly regulated in an integrated and combinatorial manner, thus yielding complex patterns of transcription in different tissues. Identifying enhancers is crucial to understanding the physiological and pathogenic roles of their target genes. The RUNX1 intronic enhancer, eR1, acts in cis to regulate RUNX1 gene expression in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and hemogenic endothelial cells...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297674/nanoscale-structural-plasticity-of-the-active-zone-matrix-modulates-presynaptic-function
#20
Oleg O Glebov, Rachel E Jackson, Christian M Winterflood, Dylan M Owen, Ellen A Barker, Patrick Doherty, Helge Ewers, Juan Burrone
The active zone (AZ) matrix of presynaptic terminals coordinates the recruitment of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) and synaptic vesicles to orchestrate neurotransmitter release. However, the spatial organization of the AZ and how it controls vesicle fusion remain poorly understood. Here, we employ super-resolution microscopy and ratiometric imaging to visualize the AZ structure on the nanoscale, revealing segregation between the AZ matrix, VGCCs, and putative release sites. Long-term blockade of neuronal activity leads to reversible AZ matrix unclustering and presynaptic actin depolymerization, allowing for enrichment of AZ machinery...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
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