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Background: Chronic intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) is used to treat refractory myasthenia gravis (MG). This subgroup analysis evaluated response to eculizumab in patients receiving chronic IVIg before entry to REGAIN, a phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of eculizumab in anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive refractory generalized MG. Methods: IVIg was only permitted during REGAIN as rescue therapy; previously treated patients underwent a 4-week washout before randomization. Patients included in this analysis had received chronic IVIg ≥4 times in 1 year, with ≥1 dose within 6 months before REGAIN entry. Exacerbations and MG status changes were assessed. Results: Eighteen patients were evaluated; four experienced exacerbations (eculizumab-treated, 1/9; placebo-treated, 3/9). Clinically relevant improvements were larger with eculizumab than placebo, respectively (mean change, standard deviation [SD]: MG Activities of Daily Living score [MG-ADL], -5.3 [4.0] vs -2.1 [2.8]; Quantitative MG score [QMG], -4.1 [6.1] vs -1.3 [3.5]). More patients receiving eculizumab (7/9) had clinically meaningful responses (MG-ADL ≥3 and/or QMG ≥5 points) than those receiving placebo (3/9). Eculizumab safety was consistent with previous reports. Interim data from the open-label extension of REGAIN will be presented. Conclusions: In patients previously receiving chronic IVIg, eculizumab showed a trend toward meaningful clinical improvements and fewer exacerbations compared with placebo. (NCT01997229, NCT02301624).
Background: Patients with anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive (AChR+) generalized myasthenia gravis (MG) unresponsive to conventional treatment experience greater disease burden than responsive patients. This is partly due to exacerbations, which may result in significant healthcare resource utilization. Eculizumab is well tolerated and gives clinically meaningful benefits in these patients. We evaluated the effect of long-term eculizumab treatment on exacerbations, hospitalizations and rescue therapy in the REGAIN study and its open-label extension. Methods: Exacerbations were defined as clinical worsening/deterioration, MG crises or rescue therapy usage; pre-study exacerbations/hospitalizations were defined from patient records. Event rates adjusted for patient-years were calculated for all patients in the pre-study year, patients receiving placebo during REGAIN, and patients receiving eculizumab during REGAIN and its open-label extension (median exposure, 27.5 months [range, 22 days–42.8 months]); rates were compared using a Poisson regression model. Results: Eculizumab treatment reduced exacerbations by 65% (p=0.0057), hospitalizations by 71% (p=0.0316) and rescue therapy use by 66% (p=0.0072) versus placebo. Eculizumab treatment reduced exacerbations by 74% and hospitalizations by 83% (both p<0.0001) versus the pre-study year. Conclusions: Long-term eculizumab treatment reduces disease burden and healthcare resource utilization, demonstrating continuing improvements in clinical endpoints that lead to additional meaningful outcomes for patients with AChR+ generalized MG. (NCT01997229, NCT02301624).
Pre-weaning mortality (11.9% as estimated by M.L.C., 2000) continues to be a major economic and welfare problem in commercial indoor pig production. The main causes of mortality are crushing by the sow and low viability/starvation. Both of these causes of death may be as a result of increasing sow body size and smaller piglet body size as a result of intense genetic selection for increasing litter size. However it is unclear whether sows are consistent across parities in their level of pre-weaning mortality. Therefore this study aimed to examine individual differences in piglet mortality of sows throughout their reproductive life, investigate factors likely to affect piglet mortality, and to assess whether piglet mortality may be a candidate trait for genetic selection.
An X-ray transmission method has been developed to obtain a continuous profile of bulk densities of ice cores. Intensities of X-rays transmitted through an ice-core sample were continuously measured by an X-ray detector during translation of the sample across the X-ray beam. A thick section of an ice core with a constant thickness was prepared by band-sawing followed by microtome planing. The X-ray intensity profile obtained was converted to a density profile using a calibration curve for X-ray absorption vs ice thickness. Using this method, spatial resolution of the density profile was down to 1 mm. X-ray radiographs were also taken on a two-dimensional detector imaging plate, in order to observe layer structures of the ice cores.
The method was applied to Dome Fuji (Antarctica) ice cores from the surface to 110 m depth. From the density profile obtained we calculated the power spectrum of the density variation by the discrete Fourier transform, and obtained several peaks at different frequencies. The center period in the spectrum was close to the annual accumulation thickness at the drill site.
Documenting past changes in the East Antarctic surface mass balance is important to improve ice core chronologies and to constrain the ice-sheet contribution to global mean sea-level change. Here we reconstruct past changes in the ratio of surface mass balance (SMB ratio) between the EPICA Dome C (EDC) and Dome Fuji (DF) East Antarctica ice core sites, based on a precise volcanic synchronization of the two ice cores and on corrections for the vertical thinning of layers. During the past 216 000 a, this SMB ratio, denoted SMBEDC/SMBDF, varied between 0.7 and 1.1, being small during cold periods and large during warm periods. Our results therefore reveal larger amplitudes of changes in SMB at EDC compared with DF, consistent with previous results showing larger amplitudes of changes in water stable isotopes and estimated surface temperature at EDC compared with DF. Within the last glacial inception (Marine Isotope Stages, MIS-5c and MIS-5d), the SMB ratio deviates by up to 0.2 from what is expected based on differences in water stable isotope records. Moreover, the SMB ratio is constant throughout the late parts of the current and last interglacial periods, despite contrasting isotopic trends.
Theoretical arguments indicate that the ISM is inhomogeneous; Mathews estimated that the ~ 1M⊙ of metal ejected by each supernova event into the ISM is trapped locally within the hot bubbles. Since in elliptical galaxies, there is no overlapping of expanding supernova remnants after galactic wind period, it is expected that this inhomogeneity persists for a long time. The observations also suggests that the ISM of elliptical galaxies is inhomogeneous. Based on these arguments, we studied the evolution of the multiphase (inhomogeneous) ISM.
Material for this report was collected by the President, Vice-President and Members of the Organizing Committee. The President is, however, responsible for the form in which the report now appears. A number of special abbreviations in the references are explained in the report of Committee 27a. In addition, 3rd Harvard = 3rd Harvard-Smithsonian Conference on Stellar Atmospheres (1968). The field of Commission 29 overlaps particularly with those of 9, 27a, 36, 44 and 45 whose reports should be consulted. Since the last IAU meeting 29 has co-sponsored the following meetings: IAU Colloquium No. 4 on Stellar Rotation (Columbus, Ohio, September 1969); IAU Symposium No. 36, Ultraviolet Stellar Spectra and Related Ground-Based Observations (Lunteren, June, 1969); Second Trieste Colloquium, Mass Loss from Stars (September, 1968). We are also co-sponsoring IAU Symposium No. 42 on White Dwarfs to be held in Scotland (August, 1970). The thanks of the commission are due to their representatives on the organizing committees of these meetings. Reports from some working groups are appended. The working group with Commission 44 has not felt it necessary to submit a report (its main activity was the organization of Symposium No. 36). Miss Underhill (Chairman) recommends that the working group on Tracings of High Dispersion Stellar Spectra be dissolved.
We investigate the competitive role of the different dissipative phenomena acting on the onset of star formation of gravitationally bound systems in an external environment. Ram pressure, Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities, and tidal forces are accounted for separately in an analytical framework and compared in their role in influencing the star forming regions. We present an analytical criterion to elucidate the dependence of star formation in a spherical stellar system on its surrounding environment. We consider the different signatures of these phenomena in synthetically realized colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of the orbiting system thus investigating the detectability limits of these different effects for future observational projects and their relevance. The developed theoretical framework has direct applications to the cases of massive star clusters, dwarf galaxies in galaxy clusters and dwarf galaxies orbiting our Milky Way system, as well as any primordial gas-rich cluster of stars orbiting within its host galaxy.
A large amount (5 × 1010 M⊙) of hot gas is thought to exist in an extended (≈ 200 kpc) hot diffuse halo around the Milky Way. We investigate the competitive role of the different dissipative phenomena acting on the onset of star formation of this gravitationally bound systems in this external environment. Ram pressure, Kelvin-Helmholtz and Rayleigh- Taylor instabilities, and tidal forces are accounted for separately in an analytical framework and compared in their role in influencing the star forming regions. We present an analytical criterion to elucidate the dependence of star formation in a spherical stellar system on its surrounding environment, useful in observational applications as well as theoretical interpretations of numerical results. We consider the different signatures of these phenomena in synthetically realized colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) of the orbiting system, thus investigating the detectability limits and relevance of these different effects for future observational projects. The theoretical framework developed has direct applications to the cases of our MW system as well as dwarf galaxies in galaxy clusters or any primordial gas-rich star cluster of stars orbiting within its host galaxy.
Changes in critical current properties depending on growth temperature (Ts) were clarified for Ba-Nb-O-doped YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) films deposited by YAG- and excimer-PLD. Due to the introduction of Ba-Nb-O-nanorods, a vortex-Bose-glass-like behavior emerged as irreversibility lines and in-field critical current densities (Jcs) were improved. Crossover magnetic fields (Bcr) and in-field Jcs increased with the increase in Ts for the Y123 films with nanorods. These Ts-dependent critical current properties were attributable to the changes in morphology of the nanorods with Ts and were independent of laser source in PLD apparatuses. For the fabrication of RE123 coated conductors containing nanorods, optimization of Ts with taking both materials of RE123 matrix and nanorod into account is necessary to achieve higher in-field Jc.
Epitaxial Fe-Te-Se thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition at 250 ~ 600 °C on SrTiO3 (100, STO), MgO (100), LaAlO3 (100, LAO) and CaF2 (100) single crystal substrates. Best superconducting film was grown on CaF2: Tconset = 20.0 K and Tc0 = 16.18 K with Tdep = 300 °C, 45000 pulses, 3 Hz. The critical current density Jc at 4.2 K was 0.41×106A/cm2 at 0 T and 0.23×106 A/cm2 at 9 T. Angular dependence of Jc showed broad c-axis correlated peak when B ≥ 3 T.
Bulk EuTiO3 is known as a compound in which spin and soft phonon mode is strongly coupled. Recent theoretical study suggests that application of stress or formation of strain leads to a drastic change in magnetic and dielectric properties of EuTiO3 and that so-called multiferroic properties emerge under such a situation. In the present study, effect of strain induced by a substrate, on which EuTiO3 thin film is deposited, on the magnetic properties of the film has been experimentally examined. By using a pulsed laser deposition method, EuTiO3 thin film has been deposited on different kinds of substrate, i.e., LaAlO3, SrTiO3, and DyScO3; the lattice parameter of these compounds is smaller than, just the same as, and larger than that of EuTiO3, respectively. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms that the strain induced in the plane of as-deposited EuTiO3 thin films on different substrates is coincident with the lattice parameter of the substrate compounds. Also, all the as-deposited EuTiO3 thin films manifest elongation of lattice in a direction perpendicular to the film surface. Temperature dependence of magnetization indicates that all the thin films exhibit ferromagnetic behavior at low temperatures. The magnetization at 2 K under a magnetic field of 100 Oe is the highest for EuTiO3 on DyScO3 and the lowest for EuTiO3 on LaAlO3. The experimental result is coincident with the first-principles calculations which predict that ferromagnetic spin configuration becomes more stable as the lattice volume of EuTiO3is increased.
The current trends in stimulated Brillouin scattering and optical phase conjugation are overviewed. This report is formed by the selected papers presented in the “Fifth International Workshop on stimulated Brillouin scattering and phase conjugation 2010” in Japan. The nonlinear properties of phase conjugation based on stimulated Brillouin scattering and photo-refraction can compensate phase distortions in the high power laser systems, and they will also open up potentially novel laser technologies, e.g., phase stabilization, beam combination, pulse compression, ultrafast pulse shaping, and arbitrary waveform generation.
Hydrogenation properties of some amorphous Zr-Ni-Ti-V based alloys were investigated. Pressure-composition(P-C) isotherms and hydrogen storage capacities at room temperatures were measured and effects of elemental substitution of the components with Pd or Mn were studied. The alloy electrodes were prepared by using amorphous (Zr-Ni-Ti-V)-(Pd,Mn) alloys prepared by the melt spinning method. The amorphous alloys in the electrode kept their amorphous structures during cycles of charge and discharge. The electrochemical hydrogen storage capacities were strongly affected by the substitution amounts of Pd or Mn. Even a small amount of substitution, changed the equilibrium dissociation pressures of the alloy. In the present study, the rechargeable capacity was optimized up to H/M=0.5 for the alloy electrode with the composition of (Zr45Ni30Ti25)-3at%Pd. The slope in the P-C isotherm suggested that the maximum H/M of the alloy would exceed 1.0 at higher hydrogen pressure than 1.0 MPa, however, the wide distribution of hydrogen site energy in the amorphous hydride resulted in extremely large slope in P-C isotherms, and consequently restricted the rechargeable capacities of the electrodes.
A 100 micron fragment of a b-axis oriented single crystal Gd5Si2Ge2 has been studied using microcalorimetry, enabling the separate measurement of the heat capacity and the latent heat. The sample was taken from the same crystal previously studied with Hall probe imaging, which showed that the phase transition is seeded by a second phase of Gd5Si1.5Ge1.5 nanoplatelets on the increasing field sweep direction only. The multiple transition features observed in the latent heat signature suggests a nucleation size of approximately 20 μm, consistent with the lengthscale suggested by Hall imaging. The difference in nucleation and growth process with field sweep direction is clearly identified in the latent heat. We show that the latent heat contribution to the entropy change is of the order of 50% of the total entropy change and unlike other systems studied, the transition does not broaden (and the latent heat contribution does not diminish significantly) as magnetic field and temperature are increased within the parameter range explored in these experiments.
A direct calorimetry method was developed and used to measure the electrocaloric effect (ECE). A temperature change ΔT of over 20 °C and an entropy change ΔS of over 95 J/(kgK) were procured at 33 °C and 160 MV/m in the high-energy electron irradiated poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)) 68/32 mol% copolymers, which were larger than those of terpolymer blends (ΔT = 9 °C, ΔS=46 J/(kgK) at 180 MV/m and room temperature) and our earlier report on P(VDF-TrFE) 55/45 mol% normal ferroelectric copolymer (12 °C and 55 J/(kgK) at 80 °C). We observed that the β value ((8.7±0.6)×107 JmC-2K-1) in the equation of ΔS=1/2βΔD2 derived from ΔS - ΔD2 relation for irradiated copolymers was larger than that of the terpolymer blends ((5.4±0.5)×107 JmC-2K-1). It was also found that the irradiated copolymer showed a sharp depolarization peak at Td < Tm (maximum permittivity temperature), which is frequency independent, in the dielectric constant - temperature characteristics, a larger depolarization value at Td in the thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) - temperature relationship, and a larger volume strain/longitudinal strain ratio over terpolymer blends. The giant ECE in irradiated copolymer is regarded as due to the greater randomness present in the relaxor state. In irradiated copolymers, the long all-trans chains are broken by the high-energy electrons, which make the small sized all-trans sequences more easily reorient along the electric field, more remarkably affecting the permittivity, TSDC, and volume strain.
In this work a microscopic Hamiltonian is investigated using the Hubbard model for a ferromagnet with two degenerate bands, taking into account the Jahn-Teller effect. A macroscopic free energy is obtained from the microscopic Hubbard Hamiltonian. All free energy coefficients depend on microscopic parameters: temperature T and composition x. As a result of analytical minimization of free energy, phase diagrams are numerically constructed. It is shown that at certain values of parameters on the phase diagrams there are thermodynamic paths which correspond to experimentally observed sequences of phase transitions. Using density of states spectra for different compositions x the T-x phase diagram is numerically constructed. This phase diagram can theoretically explain experimentally observed behavior of the temperatures of phase transitions.
A simple theoretical five-state Potts model for the investigation of magnetocaloric effect in systems with competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions has been proposed. It is shown that this simple model can be applied to the description of the origin of the negative and positive magnetocaloric effect in systems with competing interactions, for example, Heusler alloys.
A magnetic refrigeration test was performed using a test device filled with spherical GdN material synthesized by the hot isostatic pressing (HIP) method. Refrigeration with an active magnetic regenerator cycle was tested in the temperature range between 48 and 66 K, with the field changing from 1.2 to 3.7 T and 2.0 to 4.0 T at upper and lower sides of the regenerator bed filled with the GdN spheres, respectively. Temperature spans about of 2 K were obtained at both sides, and the total temperature span in each cycle attained about 5 K. The specific heat of the material was measured to calculate the magnetic entropy change ΔS and the adiabatic temperature change ΔT induced by the magnetic field change ΔH. It was suggested that for a given ΔH, larger ΔS and ΔT can be exploited when demagnetized to lower H, especially, to zero field.