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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734138/ghrelin-plasma-concentration-does-not-covary-with-energy-demand-in-adult-laying-hens
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A Höhne, L Schrader, S Weigend, S Petow
The peptide hormone ghrelin is suggested to be involved in food intake regulation in young growing chicken. Whether ghrelin is involved in the regulation of energetic balance associated with laying performance in adult laying hens was studied by use of 4 chicken lines that differ in laying performance and phylogeny (4 lines; 16 hens per line). As housing conditions are also known to affect energy demand, half of the hens per line were housed in single cages and the other half of hens were maintained in a floor housing system...
June 29, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731792/the-evolution-of-energetic-scaling-across-the-vertebrate-tree-of-life
#2
Josef C Uyeda, Matthew W Pennell, Eliot T Miller, Rafael Maia, Craig R McClain
Metabolism is the link between ecology and physiology-it dictates the flow of energy through individuals and across trophic levels. Much of the predictive power of metabolic theories of ecology derives from the scaling relationship between organismal size and metabolic rate. There is growing evidence that this scaling relationship is not universal, but we have little knowledge of how it has evolved over macroevolutionary time. Here we develop a novel phylogenetic comparative method to investigate how often and in which clades the macroevolutionary dynamics of the metabolic scaling have changed...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731353/altering-dna-programmable-colloidal-crystallization-paths-by-modulating-particle-repulsion
#3
Mary X Wang, Jeffrey D Brodin, Jaime A Millan, Soyoung E Seo, Martin Girard, Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Byeongdu Lee, Chad A Mirkin
Colloidal crystal engineering with DNA can be used to realize precise control over nanoparticle (NP) arrangement. Here, we investigate a case of DNA-based assembly where the properties of DNA as a polyelectrolyte brush are employed to alter a hybridization-driven NP crystallization pathway. Using the coassembly of DNA-conjugated proteins and spherical gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) as a model system, we explore how steric repulsion between noncomplementary, neighboring NPs due to overlapping DNA shells can influence their ligand-directed behavior...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731274/synthesis-and-characterization-of-2-2-dinitramino-5-5-bi-1-oxa-3-4-diazole-and-derivatives-as-economic-and-highly-dense-energetic-materials
#4
Tobias S Hermann, Konstantin Karaghiosoff, Thomas M Klapötke, Jörg Stierstorfer
2,2'-Dinitramino-5,5'-bi(1-oxa-3,4-diazole) (2) is a new highly energetic material with superior calculated detonation performance in comparison to cyclo-1,3,5-trimethylene-2,4,6-trinitramine (RDX) and penta-erythritoltetranitrate (PETN) and can be prepared by an economical and practical two-step synthesis. The starting material 2,2'-diamino-5,5'-bi(1-oxa-3,4-diazole) (1) is synthesized by the reaction of oxalyl dihydrazide with cyanogen bromide. Nitration of 1 yields the title compound in perfect yield and purity...
July 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731227/dithiopheneindenofluorene-tif-semiconducting-polymers-with-very-high-mobility-in-field-effect-transistors
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Hu Chen, Michael Hurhangee, Mark Nikolka, Weimin Zhang, Mindaugas Kirkus, Marios Neophytou, Samuel J Cryer, David Harkin, Pascal Hayoz, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Christopher R McNeill, Henning Sirringhaus, Iain McCulloch
The charge-carrier mobility of organic semiconducting polymers is known to be enhanced when the energetic disorder of the polymer is minimized. Fused, planar aromatic ring structures contribute to reducing the polymer conformational disorder, as demonstrated by polymers containing the indacenodithiophene (IDT) repeat unit, which have both a low Urbach energy and a high mobility in thin-film-transistor (TFT) devices. Expanding on this design motif, copolymers containing the dithiopheneindenofluorene repeat unit are synthesized, which extends the fused aromatic structure with two additional phenyl rings, further rigidifying the polymer backbone...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731218/explosives-in-the-cage-metal-organic-frameworks-for-high-energy-materials-sensing-and-desensitization
#6
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Shan Wang, Qianyou Wang, Xiao Feng, Bo Wang, Li Yang
An overview of the current status of coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) pertaining to the field of energetic materials is provided. The explosive applications of MOFs are discussed from two aspects: one for detection of explosives, and the other for explosive desensitization. By virtue of their adjustable pore/cage sizes, high surface area, tunable functional sites, and rich host-guest chemistry, MOFs have emerged as promising candidates for both explosive sensing and desensitization...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730215/energetics-and-diffusion-of-liquid-water-and-hydrated-ions-through-nanopores-in-graphene-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#7
Raúl Guerrero-Avilés, Walter Orellana
The energetics and diffusion of water molecules and hydrated ions (Na(+), Cl(-)) passing through nanopores in graphene are addressed by dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Pores of about 0.8 nm in diameter with different pore-edge passivations, with (H) and (O, H) atoms, were considered. Our MD simulations show a water flux through the hydroxylated pores of about one H2O molecule every three picoseconds, in close agreement with recent experiments that estimated a water flux of three molecules per picosecond through pores of ∼1 nm...
July 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730190/comparison-of-halide-receptors-based-on-h-halogen-chalcogen-pnicogen-and-tetrel-bonds
#8
Steve Scheiner
A series of halide receptors are constructed and the geometries and energetics of their binding to F(-), Cl(-), and Br(-) assessed by quantum calculations. The dicationic receptors are based on a pair of imidazolium units, connected via a benzene spacer. The imidazoliums each donate a proton to a halide in a pair of H-bonds. Replacement of the two bonding protons by Br leads to binding via a pair of halogen bonds. Likewise, chalcogen, pnicogen, and tetrel bonds occur when the protons are replaced, respectively, by Se, As, and Ge...
July 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729344/exogenous-stress-hormones-alter-energetic-and-nutrient-costs-of-development-and-metamorphosis
#9
Lucas J Kirschman, Marshall D McCue, Justin G Boyles, Robin W Warne
Variation in environmental conditions during larval life stages can shape development during critical windows and have lasting effects on the adult organism. Changes in larval developmental rates in response to environmental conditions, for example, can trade-off with growth to determine body size and condition at metamorphosis, which can affect adult survival and fecundity. However, it is unclear how use of energy and nutrients shape trade-offs across life stage transitions because no studies have quantified these costs of larval development and metamorphosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728791/the-effects-of-achilles-tendon-compliance-on-triceps-surae-mechanics-and-energetics-in-walking
#10
Maria Isabel V Orselli, Jason R Franz, Darryl G Thelen
Achilles tendon (AT) compliance can affect the generation and transmission of triceps surae muscle forces, and thus has important biomechanical consequences for walking performance. However, the uniarticular soleus (SOL) and the biarticular (GAS) function differently during walking, with in vivo evidence suggesting that their associated fascicles and tendinous structures exhibit unique kinematics during walking. Given the strong association between muscle fiber length, velocity and force production, we conjectured that SOL and GAS mechanics and energetic behavior would respond differently to altered AT compliance...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728385/effects-of-dietary-energy-sources-on-early-postmortem-muscle-metabolism-of-finishing-pigs
#11
Yanjiao Li, Changning Yu, Jiaolong Li, Lin Zhang, Feng Gao, Guanghong Zhou
Objective: This study investigated the effects of different dietary energy sources on early postmortem muscle metabolism of finishing pigs. Methods: Seventy-two barrow (Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire, DLY) pigs (65.0 ± 2.0 kg) were allotted to three iso-energetic and iso-nitrogenous diets: A (44.1% starch, 5.9% crude fat and 12.6% neutral detergent fibre (NDF)), B (37.6% starch, 9.5% crude fat and 15.4% NDF) or C (30.9% starch, 14.3% crude fat and 17.8% NDF). After the duration of 28-day feeding experiment, 24 pigs (eight per treatment) were slaughtered and the M...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728003/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-low-energetic-microwave-irradiation-on-anaerobic-digestion
#12
Bert Bastiaens, Rob Van den Broeck, Lise Appels, Raf Dewil
The present study investigates the effects of microwave irradiation on the performance of anaerobic digestion processes. A first set of experiments is performed to distinguish the upper limit of the applied energy levels. Secondly, the effects of these treatments on the performance of the digestion process are evaluated in 3 experimental setups: (i) monitoring the acetic acid degradation, (ii) performing a biological methane potential (BMP) assay and (iii) conducting a specific methanogenic activity (SMA) test...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727187/a-computational-study-of-the-intermolecular-2-2-2-cycloaddition-of-acetylene-and-c60-catalyzed-by-wilkinson-s-catalyst
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Albert Artigas, Agustí Lledó, Anna Pla-Quintana, Anna Roglans, Miquel Solà
The functionalization of fullerenes helps modulating their electronic and physicochemical properties, generating fullerene derivatives with promising features for practical applications. In this work, we use the density functional theory to explore the attachment of a cyclohexadiene ring to C60 via a Rh-catalyzed intermolecular [2+2+2] cycloaddition of C60 and acetylene. We analyze all potential reaction paths to conclude that the [2+2+2] cycloaddition of C60 and two acetylene molecules catalyzed by RhCl(PPh3)3 yielding a cyclohexadiene ring fused to a [6,6] bond of C60 is energetically feasible...
July 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727144/density-mediated-indirect-effects-from-active-predators-and-narrow-habitat-domain-prey
#14
S A Rinehart, S C Schroeter, J D Long
The hunting mode-habitat domain range framework suggests that the mechanism driving trophic cascades [i.e. trait-mediated indirect interactions (TMIIs) versus density-mediated indirect interactions (DMIIs)] should depend upon the functional traits of predators and prey. For example, trophic cascades containing active, broad habitat domain range (BHDR) predators interacting with narrow habitat domain range (NHDR) prey are predicted to arise primarily via TMIIs, because these prey should reduce their conspicuous activity in the presence of these predators...
July 20, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727062/workload-of-official-contests-net-cost-of-transport-and-metabolic-power-of-mangalarga-marchador-horses-of-marcha-batida-or-picada-gaits
#15
J Lage, M G Fonseca, G G M de Barros, W H Feringer-Júnior, G T Pereira, G C Ferraz
This study aimed to characterize the maximum heart rate (HR) and the intensity of official marcha contests (OMC) and to compare the cost of transport (COT) and metabolic power (Pmet) of Mangalarga Marchador (MM) horses of marcha batida (MB) and marcha picada (MP) gaits. Twenty-two MM horses participated in this study. The experiment was conducted in 3 phases: 1) maximum effort test (MET), 2) OMC, and 3) standardized marcha test (SMT). To characterize the HR, 19 horses (14 MB and 5 MP) underwent a MET. Of those, 13 (9 MB and 4 MP) were monitored during the OMC, which consisted of 4 stages: marcha, walk, functional trial, and rest...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726913/mechanistic-insights-into-dioxygen-activation-oxygen-atom-exchange-and-substrate-epoxidation-by-asqj-dioxygenase-from-quantum-mechanical-molecular-mechanical-calculations
#16
Xudan Song, Jiarui Lu, Wenzhen Lai
Herein, we use in-protein quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations to elucidate the mechanism of dioxygen activation, oxygen atom exchange and substrate epoxidation processes by AsqJ, an Fe(II)/α-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase (α-KGD) using a 2-His-1-Asp facial triad. Our results demonstrated that the whole reaction proceeds through a quintet surface. The dioxygen activation by AsqJ leads to a quintet penta-coordinated Fe(IV)-oxo species, which has a square pyramidal geometry with the oxo group trans to His134...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726892/on-the-microscopic-mechanism-behind-the-purely-orientational-disorder-disorder-transition-in-the-plastic-phase-of-1-chloroadamantane
#17
A Vispa, D Monserrat, G J Cuello, F Fernandez-Alonso, S Mukhopadhyay, F Demmel, J Ll Tamarit, L C Pardo
Globular molecules of 1-chloroadamantane form a plastic phase in which the molecules rotate in a restrained way, but with their centers of mass forming a crystalline ordered lattice. Plastic phases can be regarded as test cases for the study of disordered phases since, contrary to what happens in the liquid phase, there is a lack of stochastic translational degrees of freedom. When the temperature is increased, a hump in the specific heat curve is observed indicating a change in the energetic footprint of the dynamics of the molecules...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726891/frontier-orbitals-of-photosubstitutionally-active-ruthenium-complexes-an-experimental-study-of-the-spectator-ligands-electronic-properties-influence-on-photoreactivity
#18
Hyo Jin Jang, Samantha L Hopkins, Maxime A Siegler, Sylvestre Bonnet
The synthesis and characterization of [Ru(tpy)(R2bpy)(L)](X)n complexes (tpy = 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine, R2bpy = 4,4'-dimethyl-2,2'-bipyridine (dmbpy), or 4,4'-bis(trifluoromethyl)-2,2'-bipyridine (tfmbpy), X = Cl(-) or PF6(-), and n = 1 or 2) are described. The dmbpy and tfmbpy bidentate ligands allow for investigating the effects of electron-donating and electron-withdrawing ligands, respectively, on the frontier orbital energetics as well as the photoreactivity of these ruthenium polypyridyl complexes for five prototypical monodentate ligands L = Cl(-), H2O, CH3CN, 2-(methylthio)ethanol (Hmte), or pyridine...
July 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726316/deprotonation-states-of-the-two-active-site-water-molecules-regulate-the-binding-of-protein-phosphatase-5-with-its-substrate-a-molecular-dynamics-study
#19
Lingyun Wang, Feng Yan
Protein phosphatase 5 (PP5), mainly localized in human brain, can dephosphorylate tau protein whose high level of phosphorylation is related to Alzheimer's disease. Similar to other protein phosphatases, PP5 has a conserved motif in the catalytic domain that contains two binding sites for manganese (Mn(2+) ) ions. Structural data indicate that two active site water molecules, one bridging the two Mn(2+) ions and the other terminally coordinated with one of the Mn(2+) ions (Mn1), are involved in catalysis. Recently, a density functional theory study revealed that the two water molecules can be both deprotonated to keep a neutral active site for catalysis...
July 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726288/hot-dogs-high-ambient-temperatures-impact-reproductive-success-in-a-tropical-carnivore
#20
Rosie Woodroffe, Rosemary Groom, J Weldon McNutt
Climate change imposes an urgent need to recognise and conserve the species likely to be worst affected. However, while ecologists have mostly explored indirect effects of rising ambient temperatures on temperate and polar species, physiologists have predicted direct impacts on tropical species. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), a tropical species, exhibits few of the traits typically used to predict climate change vulnerability. Nevertheless, we predicted that wild dog populations might be sensitive to weather conditions, because the species shows strongly seasonal reproduction across most of its geographical range...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
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