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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159558/theoretical-investigation-of-the-safety-of-nitroguanidine-based-pbxs-containing-the-nonpolar-desensitizing-agent-polytetrafluoroethylene
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Zhong-Qing Xue, Jing He, Jun Zhang, Xi-Liang Zhang, Yin-Gang Chen, Fu-de Ren
In order to elucidate why the inclusion of a nonpolar desensitizing agent in polymer-bonded explosives (PBXs) affects their sensitivity and safety, the intermolecular interactions between nitroguanidine (NQ: a high-energy-density compound used as a propellant and in explosive charges) and F2C=CF2 were investigated theoretically at the B3LYP/6-311++G(2df,2p) and M06-2X/6-311++G(2df,2p) levels of theory, focusing especially on the influence of intermolecular interactions on the strength of the trigger bond in NQ...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157246/inferring-gene-regulatory-networks-from-single-cell-data-a-mechanistic-approach
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Ulysse Herbach, Arnaud Bonnaffoux, Thibault Espinasse, Olivier Gandrillon
BACKGROUND: The recent development of single-cell transcriptomics has enabled gene expression to be measured in individual cells instead of being population-averaged. Despite this considerable precision improvement, inferring regulatory networks remains challenging because stochasticity now proves to play a fundamental role in gene expression. In particular, mRNA synthesis is now acknowledged to occur in a highly bursty manner. RESULTS: We propose to view the inference problem as a fitting procedure for a mechanistic gene network model that is inherently stochastic and takes not only protein, but also mRNA levels into account...
November 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157017/comprehensive-assessment-of-shockwave-intensity-transcriptomic-biomarker-discovery-for-primary-blast-induced-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-using-the-mammalian-hair-follicle
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Jing Zhang, Rosalinda Knight, Yushan Wang, Thomas W Sawyer, Christopher J Martyniuk, Valerie S Langlois
OBJECTIVE: Primary blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is an injury experienced during modern warfare due to exposure to the pressure waves produced by the detonation of explosives. With virtually no apparent physical damage or symptoms presented, there is a need for more objective and accessible mTBI biomarkers posing minimal invasiveness risk. METHODS: We measured the transcriptomic sensitivity of the hair follicles in relation to the severity of primary blast-derived TBI...
November 20, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156857/a-study-of-the-chikungunya-virus-in-humans-in-turkey
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Tuğba Atalay, Sedat Kaygusuz, Ahmet Kürşat Azkur
Background/aim: The chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne disease and has recently been causing explosive outbreaks. The CHIKV has spread throughout all continents. Although the first chikungunya case imported from India to Turkey was reported in 2012, there is no detailed epidemiologic study in Turkey yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of the CHIKV in Turkey. Materials and methods: ELISA was used to screen 500 random serum samples of healthy people collected from Kırıkkale, which is located in central Anatolia in Turkey...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156627/multichannel-discriminative-detection-of-explosive-vapors-with-an-array-of-nanofibrous-membranes-loaded-with-quantum-dots
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Zhaofeng Wu, Haiming Duan, Zhijun Li, Jixi Guo, Furu Zhong, Yali Cao, Dianzeng Jia
The multichannel fluorescent sensor array based on nanofibrous membranes loaded with ZnS quantum dots (QDs) was created and demonstrated for the discriminative detection of explosives. The synergistic effect of the high surface-to-volume ratio of QDs, the good permeability of nanofibrous membranes and the differential response introduced by surface ligands was played by constructing the sensing array using nanofibrous membranes loaded with ZnS QDs featuring several surface ligands. Interestingly, although the fluorescence quenching of the nanofibrous membranes is not linearly related to the exposure time, the fingerprint of each explosive at different times is very similar in shape, and the fingerprints of the three explosives show different shapes...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155712/minimum-burning-pressures-of-water-based-emulsion-explosives
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Richard Turcotte, Christopher M Badeen, Sandra Goldthorp
This manuscript describes a protocol to measure the minimum pressure required for sustained burning of water-based emulsion explosives. Pumping water-based emulsion explosives for blasting applications can be very hazardous, as demonstrated by a number of pump accidents around the globe in the last decades, including some that resulted in fatalities. In Canada, the recognition of this hazard has led to the development of pumping guidelines that were endorsed by both the explosives industry and the Explosive Regulatory Division of the Canadian government...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153168/a-100-year-review-mammary-development-and-lactation
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R Michael Akers
What is old is new again-and with respect to the study of the mammary development and function in dairy animals, the expression resonates. Many of the mammary and milk production questions raised in the early years of the Journal of Dairy Science apply today. To be sure, scientists have filled in many details regarding, for example, identification of hormones and growth factors important in the control of mammary growth, the onset of copious milk production at calving, and maintenance of lactation. Early years focused on identification and subsequent availability of classic mammogenic, lactogenic, and galactopoietic hormones (e...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151888/enhancing-biogas-plant-production-using-pig-manure-and-corn-silage-by-adding-wheat-straw-processed-with-liquid-hot-water-and-steam-explosion
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Michał Gaworski, Sławomir Jabłoński, Izabela Pawlaczyk-Graja, Rafał Ziewiecki, Piotr Rutkowski, Anna Wieczyńska, Roman Gancarz, Marcin Łukaszewicz
Background: Pig manure utilization and valorization is an important topic with tightening regulations focused on ecological and safety issues. By itself pig manure is a poor substrate for biogas production because of its excessive nitrogen content relative to available organic carbon. Such substrate is alkaline, and methanogenesis can be suppressed, and so additional substrates with high organic carbon must be added. The most promising is straw, which is available from adjacent biogas plant cultures...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150596/forming-a-three-dimensional-porous-organic-network-via-solid-state-explosion-of-organic-single-crystals
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Seo-Yoon Bae, Dongwook Kim, Dongbin Shin, Javeed Mahmood, In-Yup Jeon, Sun-Min Jung, Sun-Hee Shin, Seok-Jin Kim, Noejung Park, Myoung Soo Lah, Jong-Beom Baek
Solid-state reaction of organic molecules holds a considerable advantage over liquid-phase processes in the manufacturing industry. However, the research progress in exploring this benefit is largely staggering, which leaves few liquid-phase systems to work with. Here, we show a synthetic protocol for the formation of a three-dimensional porous organic network via solid-state explosion of organic single crystals. The explosive reaction is realized by the Bergman reaction (cycloaromatization) of three enediyne groups on 2,3,6,7,14,15-hexaethynyl-9,10-dihydro-9,10-[1,2]benzenoanthracene...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150001/crispr-history-discovery-characterization-and-prosperity
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Wenyuan Han, Qunxin She
CRISPR research is a very young research field since it was only 10years ago when the system was found to confer antiviral defense. Nevertheless, there has been an explosion of publications in CRISPR research in the past 5years. The research was started with the comparative genomics of microbial genomes early this century, which revealed the prevalence of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated (Cas) in bacteria and archaea. Series of hypotheses were made based on bioinformatics analyses and tested experimentally within a few years after the CRISPR acronym was coined...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147689/a-theoretical-prediction-on-the-shear-induced-phase-transformation-of-tkx-50
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Zhipeng Lu, Xianggui Xue, Chaoyang Zhang
Dihydroxylammonium 5,5'-bistetrazole-1,1'-diolate (TKX-50) is a new and attractive energetic material that outperforms numerous common explosives because of its excellent properties and performance, and is thus a promising candidate to replace some of them. Nevertheless, knowledge of its physico-chemical properties, in particular, the underlying mechanism for it undergoing external stimuli for complete decay still remains poor. In the present study, we ascertain a preferred slip system of (010)/[101] and a shear-induced phase transition of TKX-50 with the aid of theoretical calculations...
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146491/respiratory-stress-in-mitochondrial-electron-transport-chain-complex-mutants-of-candida-albicans-activates-snf1-kinase-response
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Pengyi Zhang, Hongbin Li, Jie Cheng, April Y Sun, Liqing Wang, Gordana Mircevska, Richard Calderone, Dongmei Li
We have previously established that mitochondrial Complex I (CI) mutants of Candida albicans display reduced oxygen consumption, decreased ATP production, and increased reactive oxidant species (ROS) during cell growth. Using the Seahorse XF96 analyzer, the energetic phenotypes of Electron Transport Chain (ETC) complex mutants are further characterized in the current study. The underlying regulation of energetic changes in these mutants is determined in glucose and non-glucose conditions when compared to wild type (WT) cells...
November 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144602/neuroplasticity-following-short-term-strength-training-occurs-at-supraspinal-level-and-is-specific-for-the-trained-task
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Louis-Solal Giboin, Benjamin Weiss, Felix Thomas, Markus Gruber
AIMS: Different modalities of strength training cause performance enhancements, which are specific for the trained task. However, the involved mechanisms are still largely unknown. It has been demonstrated that strength training could induce neuroplasticity, which might underlie the performance improvements during the first training sessions. Thus, we hypothesized to find task-specific neuroplasticity after a short-term strength training of two distinct strength tasks. METHODS: Young healthy male subjects were exposed to 4 sessions of either maximal isometric explosive (EXPL group, N = 9) or slow sustained (SUS group, N = 10) knee extensions...
November 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144434/the-role-of-non-coding-rnas-in-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-flowering-plants
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REVIEW
Helena Štorchová
The interactions between mitochondria and nucleus substantially influence plant development, stress response and morphological features. The prominent example of a mitochondrial-nuclear interaction is cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS), when plants produce aborted anthers or inviable pollen. The genes responsible for CMS are located in mitochondrial genome, but their expression is controlled by nuclear genes, called fertility restorers. Recent explosion of high-throughput sequencing methods enabled to study transcriptomic alterations in the level of non-coding RNAs under CMS biogenesis...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144134/haloarene-linked-unsymmetrically-substituted-triarylethenes-small-aiegens-to-detect-nitroaromatics-and-volatile-organic-compounds
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Moghal Zubair Khalid Baig, Prabhat Kumar Sahu, Moloy Sarkar, Manab Chakravarty
Unsymmetrically substituted triarylalkenes as aggregation-induced emission-active fluorogens (AIEgens) are sporadically explored by different researchers. In this paper, naphthalene, biphenyl and haloarene-linked new triarylethenes are conveniently synthesized and presented as unsymmetrically substituted extensive π-conjugates to continue the discovery of small molecules as new AIEgens. Moreover, fluorophores attached to haloarenes are noteworthy but such compounds are barely investigated as AIEgens. The possible mechanism underlying this AIE-behavior has also been addressed by the support of experimental/theoretical outcomes...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143024/an-analysis-of-the-explosion-limits-of-hydrogen-oxygen-mixtures-with-nonlinear-chain-reactions
#16
Wenkai Liang, Chung K Law
The ignition boundary of hydrogen/oxygen mixtures is a Z-shaped curve in the pressure-temperature space, demonstrating the existence of three explosion limits. In this study, a general analysis governing all the three explosion limits in an isothermal environment is performed by considering both linear chain reactions (reactant-radical reactions) and nonlinear chain reactions (radical-radical reactions), in addition to the zeroth-order reactant-reactant reactions. For the nonlinear reactions, it is further shown that the linear-nonlinear coupling has the major influence, while the effect of nonlinear-nonlinear coupling is negligible...
November 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142265/publisher-correction-tropical-explosive-volcanic-eruptions-can-trigger-el-ni%C3%A3-o-by-cooling-tropical-africa
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Myriam Khodri, Takeshi Izumo, Jérôme Vialard, Serge Janicot, Christophe Cassou, Matthieu Lengaigne, Juliette Mignot, Guillaume Gastineau, Eric Guilyardi, Nicolas Lebas, Alan Robock, Michael J McPhaden
A correction to this article has been published and is linked from the HTML version of this article.
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141134/cellular-analysis-using-microfluidics
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Jay Sibbitts, Kathleen A Sellens, Shu Jia, Scott A Klasner, Christopher T Culbertson
Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life. Changes within a cell can propagate throughout much larger, more complex systems. Understanding how these changes arise internally within a cell and how cellular signals are transmitted through larger systems of cells, whether those systems be an organ, organism or a larger environmental assemblage, are critical, for example, to understanding how diseases arise and spread and how cells communicate and coordinate their actions. Microfluidic devices provide unique platforms from which to study many of these intra- and intercellular processes...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140634/combustibility-determination-for-cotton-gin-dust-and-almond-huller-dust
#19
Sidney E Hughs, Phillip J Wakelyn
It has been documented that some dusts generated while processing agricultural products, such as grain and sugar, can constitute combustible dust hazards. After a catastrophic dust explosion in a sugar refinery in 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated action to develop a mandatory standard to comprehensively address the fire and explosion hazards of combustible dusts. Cotton fiber and related materials from cotton ginning, in loose form, can support smoldering combustion if ignited by an outside source...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140524/noncodev5-a-comprehensive-annotation-database-for-long-non-coding-rnas
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ShuangSang Fang, LiLi Zhang, JinCheng Guo, YiWei Niu, Yang Wu, Hui Li, LianHe Zhao, XiYuan Li, XueYi Teng, XianHui Sun, Liang Sun, Michael Q Zhang, RunSheng Chen, Yi Zhao
NONCODE (http://www.bioinfo.org/noncode/) is a systematic database that is dedicated to presenting the most complete collection and annotation of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), especially long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Since NONCODE 2016 was released two years ago, the amount of novel identified ncRNAs has been enlarged by the reduced cost of next-generation sequencing, which has produced an explosion of newly identified data. The third-generation sequencing revolution has also offered longer and more accurate annotations...
November 11, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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