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F T Ageev, Z N Blankova, N S Samsonova
BACKGROUND: The low efficiency of recommended therapy for reducing cardiovascular risk (CV) in patients with arterial hypertension even with an effective blood pressure decrease is often due to the persistence of high blood cholesterol and arterial stiffness. Among the effective ways to achieve the goal of therapy is considered the changing to a single-pill combinations (SPCs) of two antihypertensive drugs and statin. AIM: To assess influence of fixed combination consisted of amlodipine, lisinopril and rosuvastatin to the dynamic of lipid spectrum, blood pressure level and elastic properties of arteries in patients with arterial hypertension and high risk of cardio-vascular complications being transferred from their preceding antihypertensive therapy...
2018: Kardiologiia
F Jimenez-Krassel, J L H Ireland, C Kronemeyer, A Wilson-Alvarado, J J Ireland
Development of a bovine model without ovarian follicular waves (waveless) and transient increases in gonadotropin secretion during estrous cycles may lead to new methods to more consistently regulate ovulatory follicle growth thereby improving efficiency of embryo transfer. We hypothesized that the GnRH antagonist acyline would inhibit gonadotropin secretion thereby blocking follicular waves, ovarian function and ovulation during estrous cycles of cattle. To test this hypothesis, beef heifers (n = 5 per group) were treated twice daily with vehicle (control) or 25 or 50 μg/kg acyline beginning 12 h after GnRH-induced ovulation and ending 21 days later...
May 15, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Jonathan F Easton, Christopher R Stephens, Heriberto Román-Sicilia, Matteo Cesari, Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda
BACKGROUND: As the number of older adults increases, so does the number of frail older adults. Although anthropometry has been widely used as a way to stratify the overall mortality risk of a person, the significance of these measurements becomes blurred in the case of frail older adults who have changes in body composition. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine the association of anthropometric measurements (body mass index, knee-adjusted height body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and calf circumference) with mortality risk in a group of older Mexican adults...
May 15, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
M Naritsuka, P F S Rosa, Yongkang Luo, Y Kasahara, Y Tokiwa, T Ishii, S Miyake, T Terashima, T Shibauchi, F Ronning, J D Thompson, Y Matsuda
Unconventional superconductivity and magnetism are intertwined on a microscopic level in a wide class of materials. A new approach to this most fundamental and hotly debated issue focuses on the role of interactions between superconducting electrons and bosonic fluctuations at the interface between adjacent layers in heterostructures. Here we fabricate hybrid superlattices consisting of alternating atomic layers of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn_{5} and antiferromagnetic (AFM) metal CeRhIn_{5}, in which the AFM order can be suppressed by applying pressure...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Sabrina Palazzese, Javier F Landaeta, Diego Subero, Ernst Bauer, Ismardo Bonalde
In this work we aim to analyze the effect of a strong antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling (ASOC) on superconductivity of noncentrosymmetric LaPtSi. We study the energy gap structure of polycrystalline LaPtSi by using magnetic penetration depth measurements down to 0.02$T_c$. We observed a dirty s-wave behavior, which firmly evidence that the spin-singlet component of the mixed pairing state is highly dominant. This is consistent with previous results in the sense that the mere presence of a strong ASOC does not lead to unconventional behaviors...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Min Yu, Wenjing Li, Qianqian Wang, Yan Wang, Fei Lu
Nuclear receptor NR1D2 is originally characterized as the repressor of genes involved in circadian rhythm. Recently, it is documented that NR1D2 is overexpressed in various cancers. However, the pathways and biological functions that NR1D2 involved in cancers remain poorly understood. Here, we reported that NR1D2 was abundant in human glioblastoma (GBM) tissue and cell lines but not primary human astrocytes. Silencing of NR1D2 changed the morphology of GBM cells, inhibited cell proliferation and motility, whereas had no effects on apoptosis...
May 18, 2018: Oncogene
Gabriele B Durrant, Rebecca Vassallo, Peter W F Smith
Multilevel multiple membership models account for situations where lower level units are nested within multiple higher level units from the same classification. Not accounting correctly for such multiple membership structures leads to biased results. The use of a multiple membership model requires selection of weights reflecting the hypothesized contribution of each level two unit and their relationship to the level one outcome. The Deviance Information Criterion (DIC) has been proposed to identify such weights...
May 17, 2018: Multivariate Behavioral Research
Óscar F Gonçalves, Gabriel Rêgo, Tatiana Conde, Jorge Leite, Sandra Carvalho, Olívia Morgan Lapenta, Paulo S Boggio
Previous studies looking at how Mind Wandering (MW) impacts performance in distinct Focused Attention (FA) systems, using the Attention Network Task (ANT), showed that the presence of pure MW thoughts did not impact the overall performance of ANT (alert, orienting and conflict) performance. However, it still remains unclear if the lack of interference of MW in the ANT, reported at the behavioral level, has a neurophysiological correspondence. We hypothesize that a distinct cortical processing may be required to meet attentional demands during MW...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Julio S Bernal, Raul F Medina
We argue that agriculture as practiced creates pests. We use three examples (Corn leafhopper, Dalbulus maidis; Western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera; Cotton fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus) to illustrate: firstly, how since its origins, agriculture has proven conducive to transforming selected herbivores into pests, particularly through crop domestication and spread, and agricultural intensification, and; secondly, that the herbivores that became pests were among those hosted by crop wild relatives or associates, and were pre-adapted either as whole species or component subpopulations...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Insect Science
S G Castillo-López, N M Makarov, F Pérez-Rodríguez
The resonant quantization of Landau damping in far-infrared absorption spectra of metal nano-thin films is predicted within the Kubo formalism. Specifically, it is found that the discretization of the electromagnetic and electron wave numbers inside a metal nanoslab produces quantum nonlocal resonances well-resolved at slab thicknesses smaller than the electromagnetic skin depth. Landau damping manifests itself precisely as such resonances, tracing the spectral curve obtained within the semiclassical Boltzmann approach...
May 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Merrill F Elias, Georgina E Crichton, Peter J Dearborn, Michael A Robbins, Walter P Abhayaratna
Background: The aim of this study was to investigate prospective associations between type 2 diabetes mellitus status and the gold standard non-invasive method for ascertaining arterial stiffness, carotid femoral pulse wave velocity. Methods: The prospective analysis employed 508 community-dwelling participants (mean age 61 years, 60% women) from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study. Pulse wave velocity at wave 7 (2006-2010) was compared between those with type 2 diabetes mellitus at wave 6 (2001-2006) ( n = 52) and non-diabetics at wave 6 ( n = 456), with adjustment for demographic factors, cardiovascular risk factors and lifestyle- and pulse wave velocity-related factors...
March 2018: Pulse (Basel, Switzerland)
Nele Vandersickel, Alexandre Bossu, Jan De Neve, Albert Dunnink, Veronique M F Meijborg, Marcel A G van der Heyden, Jet D M Beekman, Jacques M T De Bakker, Marc A Vos, Alexander V Panfilov
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the arrhythmogenic mechanisms responsible for torsade de pointes (TdP) in the chronic atrioventricular block dog model, known for its high susceptibility for TdP. BACKGROUND: The mechanism of TdP arrhythmias has been under debate for many years. Focal activity as well as re-entry have both been mentioned in the initiation and the perpetuation of TdP. METHODS: In 5 TdP-sensitive chronic atrioventricular block dogs, 56 needle electrodes were evenly distributed transmurally to record 240 unipolar local electrograms simultaneously...
December 26, 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
H Dhaouadi, F Trabelsi, O Riahi, T Othman
Chiral smectic liquid crystals are known for their huge optical activity due to the precession of the anisotropic dielectric tensor around the helicoidal axis. For an oblique direction of the propagating wave, the helix acts as a grating which splits an incident beam in different directions as long as the pitch is not too small with respect to the light wavelength. When the pitch of the helix is smaller than the wavelength, the effect of the helix is a renormalization of the gyrotropic coefficients (g_{⊥} and g_{∥}) of the resulting uniaxial medium...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
Jong-Hoon Huh
We investigate the alternating current (ac) -driven electroconvection (EC) in one-dimensional cells (1DCs) under the in-plane switching mode. In 1DCs, defect-free EC can be realized. In the presence and absence of external multiplicative noise, the features of traveling waves (TWs), such as their Hopf frequency f_{H} and velocity, are examined in comparison with those of conventional two-dimensional cells (2DCs) accompanying defects of EC rolls. In particular, we show that the defects significantly contribute to the features of the TWs...
April 2018: Physical Review. E
F J Uribe, R M Velasco
We use the Navier-Stokes-Fourier constitutive equations to study plane shock waves in dilute gases. It is shown that the experimental information on the normalized density profiles can be fit by using the so-called soft sphere model, in which the viscosity and thermal conductivity are proportional to a power of the temperature.
April 2018: Physical Review. E
H Esat Kondakci, Ayman F Abouraddy
Although diffractive spreading is an unavoidable feature of all wave phenomena, certain waveforms can attain propagation invariance. A lesser-explored strategy for achieving optical self-similar propagation exploits the modification of the spatiotemporal field structure when observed in reference frames moving at relativistic speeds. For such an observer, it is predicted that the associated Lorentz boost can bring to a halt the axial dynamics of a wave packet of an arbitrary profile. This phenomenon is particularly striking in the case of a self-accelerating beam-such as an Airy beam-whose peak normally undergoes a transverse displacement upon free propagation...
April 20, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Esben F Thomas, Anders A Søndergaard, Benjamin Shepperson, Niels E Henriksen, Henrik Stapelfeldt
A moderately intense 450 fs laser pulse is used to create rotational wave packets in gas phase I_{2} molecules. The ensuing time-dependent alignment, measured by Coulomb explosion imaging with a delayed probe pulse, exhibits the characteristic revival structures expected for rotational wave packets but also a complex nonperiodic substructure and decreasing mean alignment not observed before. A quantum mechanical model attributes the phenomena to coupling between the rotational angular momenta and the nuclear spins through the electric quadrupole interaction...
April 20, 2018: Physical Review Letters
D A Spong, W W Heidbrink, C Paz-Soldan, X D Du, K E Thome, M A Van Zeeland, C Collins, A Lvovskiy, R A Moyer, M E Austin, D P Brennan, C Liu, E F Jaeger, C Lau
DIII-D experiments at low density (n_{e}∼10^{19}  m^{-3}) have directly measured whistler waves in the 100-200 MHz range excited by multi-MeV runaway electrons. Whistler activity is correlated with runaway intensity (hard x-ray emission level), occurs in novel discrete frequency bands, and exhibits nonlinear limit-cycle-like behavior. The measured frequencies scale with the magnetic field strength and electron density as expected from the whistler dispersion relation. The modes are stabilized with increasing magnetic field, which is consistent with wave-particle resonance mechanisms...
April 13, 2018: Physical Review Letters
F J Fattoyev, J Piekarewicz, C J Horowitz
The historical first detection of a binary neutron star merger by the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration [B. P. Abbott et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 161101 (2017)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.119.161101] is providing fundamental new insights into the astrophysical site for the r process and on the nature of dense matter. A set of realistic models of the equation of state (EOS) that yield an accurate description of the properties of finite nuclei, support neutron stars of two solar masses, and provide a Lorentz covariant extrapolation to dense matter are used to confront its predictions against tidal polarizabilities extracted from the gravitational-wave data...
April 27, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Andrés Greco, Andreas P Schnyder
Motivated by the recent resurgence of interest in topological superconductivity, we study superconducting pairing instabilities of the hole-doped Rashba-Hubbard model on the square lattice with first- and second-neighbor hopping. Within the random phase approximation, we compute the spin-fluctuation-mediated pairing interactions as a function of filling. Rashba spin-orbit coupling splits the spin degeneracies of the bands, which leads to two van Hove singularities at two different fillings. We find that, for a doping region in between these two van Hove fillings, the spin fluctuations exhibit a strong ferromagnetic contribution...
April 27, 2018: Physical Review Letters
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