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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206823/the-effect-of-high-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-the-isolated-photobiont-of-the-astrobiological-model-lichen-circinaria-gyrosa
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Joachim Meeßen, Theresa Backhaus, Annette Brandt, Marina Raguse, Ute Böttger, Jean-Pierre de Vera, Rosa de la Torre
Lichen symbioses between fungi and algae represent successful life strategies to colonize the most extreme terrestrial habitats. Consequently, space exposure and simulation experiments have demonstrated lichens' high capacity for survival, and thus, they have become models in astrobiological research with which to discern the limits and limitations of terrestrial life. In a series of ground-based irradiation experiments, the STARLIFE campaign investigated the resistance of astrobiological model organisms to galactic cosmic radiation, which is one of the lethal stressors of extraterrestrial environments...
February 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206821/simulated-space-radiation-impact-of-four-different-types-of-high-dose-ionizing-radiation-on-the-lichen-xanthoria-elegans
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Annette Brandt, Joachim Meeßen, Reiner U Jänicke, Marina Raguse, Sieglinde Ott
This study addresses the viability of the lichen Xanthoria elegans after high-dose ionizing irradiation in the frame of the STARLIFE campaign. The first set of experiments was intended to resemble several types of galactic cosmic radiation (GCR) as present beyond the magnetic shield of Earth. In the second set of experiments, γ radiation up to 113 kGy was applied to test the limit of lichen resistance to ionizing radiation. Entire thalli of Xanthoria elegans were irradiated in the anhydrobiotic state. After STARLIFE 1, the metabolic activity of both symbionts was quantified by live/dead staining with confocal laser scanning microscopy...
February 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151691/starlife-an-international-campaign-to-study-the-role-of-galactic-cosmic-radiation-in-astrobiological-model-systems
#3
Ralf Moeller, Marina Raguse, Stefan Leuko, Thomas Berger, Christine Elisabeth Hellweg, Akira Fujimori, Ryuichi Okayasu, Gerda Horneck
In-depth knowledge regarding the biological effects of the radiation field in space is required for assessing the radiation risks in space. To obtain this knowledge, a set of different astrobiological model systems has been studied within the STARLIFE radiation campaign during six irradiation campaigns (2013-2015). The STARLIFE group is an international consortium with the aim to investigate the responses of different astrobiological model systems to the different types of ionizing radiation (X-rays, γ rays, heavy ions) representing major parts of the galactic cosmic radiation spectrum...
February 2, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127878/melanin-is-effective-in-protecting-fast-and-slow-growing-fungi-from-various-types-of-ionizing-radiation
#4
Claudia Pacelli, Ruth A Bryan, Silvano Onofri, Laura Selbmann, Igor Shuryak, Ekaterina Dadachova
Melanin is a ubiquitous pigment with unique physicochemical properties. The resistance of melanized fungi to cosmic and terrestrial ionizing radiation suggests that melanin also plays a pivotal role in radioprotection. In this study, we compared the effects of densely-ionizing deuterons and sparsely-ionizing X-rays on two microscopic fungi capable of melanogenesis. We utilized the fast-growing pathogenic basiodiomycete forming an induced DOPA-melanin, Cryptococcus neoformans (CN); and the slow-growing environmental rock-inhabiting ascomycete synthesizing a constitutive DHN-melanin, Cryomyces antarcticus (CA); melanized and non-melanized counterparts were compared...
January 27, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115660/investigation-of-the-influence-of-the-position-inside-a-small-aircraft-on-the-cosmic-radiation-induced-dose
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A C M Prado, M T Pazianotto, O L Gonçalez, L R Dos Santos, A D Caldeira, H H C Pereira, G Hubert, C A Federico
This article report the measurements on-board a small aircraft at the same altitude and around the same geographic coordinates. The measurements of Ambient Dose Equivalent Rate (H*(10)) were performed in several positions inside the aircraft, close and far from the pilot location and the discrimination between neutron and non-neutron components. The results show that the neutrons are attenuated close to fuel depots and the non-neutron component appears to have the opposite behavior inside the aircraft. These experimental results are also confronted with results from Monte Carlo simulation, obtained with the MCNPX code, using a simplified model of the Learjet-type aircraft and a modeling of the standard atmosphere, which reproduces the real energy and angular distribution of the particles...
January 23, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112195/neutron-radiation-tolerance-of-two-benchmark-thiophene-based-conjugated-polymers-the-importance-of-crystallinity-for-organic-avionics
#6
G M Paternò, V Robbiano, K J Fraser, C Frost, V García Sakai, F Cacialli
Aviation and space applications can benefit significantly from lightweight organic electronics, now spanning from displays to logics, because of the vital importance of minimising payload (size and mass). It is thus crucial to assess the damage caused to such materials by cosmic rays and neutrons, which pose a variety of hazards through atomic displacements following neutron-nucleus collisions. Here we report the first study of the neutron radiation tolerance of two poly(thiophene)s-based organic semiconductors: poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl), P3HT, and the liquid-crystalline poly(2,5-bis (3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene), PBTTT...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074016/cari-7a-development-and-validation
#7
Kyle Copeland
Aircrew members can be exposed to higher annual doses of natural ionizing radiation than members of the general population in most parts of the world. The principal ionizing radiation to which they are exposed is galactic cosmic radiation (GCR). Among the particles present in the primary spectrum are heavy ions: relativistic nuclei of lithium and heavier elements. These ions have very high radiation weighting factors and can contribute significantly to the effective dose at altitudes above the Pfotzer maximum...
January 10, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040602/investigation-of-cosmic-ray-induced-background-of-germanium-gamma-spectrometer-using-geant4-simulation
#8
Nguyen Quoc Hung, Vo Hong Hai, Masaharu Nomachi
In this article, a GEANT4 Monte Carlo simulation toolkit was used to study the response of the cosmic-ray induced background on a High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) gamma spectrometer in the wide energy range, up to 100MeV. The natural radiation background measurements of the spectrometer were carried out in the energy region from 0.04 to 50MeV. The simulated cosmic-ray induced background of the Ge detector was evaluated in comparison with the measured data. The contribution of various cosmic-ray components including muons, neutrons, protons, electrons, positrons and photons was investigated...
March 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034510/a-second-generation-low-background-gamma-ray-spectrometer
#9
Richard M Lindstrom
For the ultimate sensitivity in trace radiochemical analysis, the radiation detector must have high efficiency and low background. A low-background gamma-ray spectrometer in regular use at NIST for over twenty years is being supplemented by a new system, improved in several ways. The new detector is much larger, a shield of iron reduces cosmic neutron background compared with lead, large plastic scintillators reduce the muon continuum background, and a digital data acquisition system gives new opportunities for optimization...
December 21, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027166/ncrp-vision-for-the-future-and-program-area-committee-activities
#10
John D Boice
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) believes that the most critical need for the nation in radiation protection is to train, engage, and retain radiation professionals for the future. Not only is the pipeline shrinking, but for some areas there is no longer a pipe! When the call comes to respond, there may be no one to answer the phone! The NCRP "Where are the Radiation Professionals?" initiative, Council Committee (CC) 2, and this year's annual meeting are to focus our efforts to find solutions and not just reiterate the problems...
February 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993190/investigation-on-contribution-of-neutron-monitor-data-to-estimation-of-aviation-doses
#11
M Kákona, O Ploc, D Kyselová, J Kubančák, R Langer, K Kudela
Recently, many efforts have appeared to routinely measure radiation exposure (RE) of aircraft crew due to cosmic rays (CR). On the other hand real-time CR data measured with the ground based neutron monitors (NMs) are collected worldwide and available online. This is an opportunity for comparison of long-term observations of RE at altitudes of about 10km, where composition and energy spectra of secondary particles differ from those on the ground, with the data from NMs. Our contribution presents examples of such type of comparison...
November 2016: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993187/hibernation-for-space-travel-impact-on-radioprotection
#12
REVIEW
Matteo Cerri, Walter Tinganelli, Matteo Negrini, Alexander Helm, Emanuele Scifoni, Francesco Tommasino, Maximiliano Sioli, Antonio Zoccoli, Marco Durante
Hibernation is a state of reduced metabolic activity used by some animals to survive in harsh environmental conditions. The idea of exploiting hibernation for space exploration has been proposed many years ago, but in recent years it is becoming more realistic, thanks to the introduction of specific methods to induce hibernation-like conditions (synthetic torpor) in non-hibernating animals. In addition to the expected advantages in long-term exploratory-class missions in terms of resource consumptions, aging, and psychology, hibernation may provide protection from cosmic radiation damage to the crew...
November 2016: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886995/cosmic-radiation-exposure-of-future-hypersonic-flight-missions
#13
L Koops
Cosmic radiation exposure in air traffic grows with flight altitude, geographical latitude and flight time. For future high-speed intercontinental point-to-point travel, the trade-off between reduced flight time and enhanced dose rate at higher flight altitudes is investigated. Various representative (partly) hypersonic cruise missions are considered and in dependence on solar activity the integral route dose is calculated for envisaged flight profiles and trajectories. Our results are compared to those for corresponding air connections served by present day subsonic airliners...
November 24, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881872/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment-of-direct-effects-of-simulated-solar-and-galactic-cosmic-radiation-on-human-hematopoietic-stem-progenitor-cells
#14
C Rodman, G Almeida-Porada, S K George, J Moon, S Soker, T Pardee, M Beaty, P Guida, S P Sajuthi, C D Langefeld, S J Walker, P F Wilson, C D Porada
Future deep space missions to Mars and near-Earth asteroids will expose astronauts to chronic solar energetic particles (SEP) and galactic cosmic ray (GCR) radiation, and likely one or more solar particle events (SPEs). Given the inherent radiosensitivity of hematopoietic cells and short latency period of leukemias, space radiation-induced hematopoietic damage poses a particular threat to astronauts on extended missions. We show that exposing human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC) to extended mission-relevant doses of accelerated high-energy protons and iron ions leads to the following: (1) introduces mutations that are frequently located within genes involved in hematopoiesis and are distinct from those induced by γ-radiation; (2) markedly reduces in vitro colony formation; (3) markedly alters engraftment and lineage commitment in vivo; and (4) leads to the development, in vivo, of what appears to be T-ALL...
December 9, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815023/comparative-analysis-of-the-serum-proteome-for-biomarker-discovery-to-reveal-hepatotoxicity-induced-by-iron-ion-radiation-in-mice
#15
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Hongyan Li, Yuxuan He, Cuixia Di, Jiawei Yan, Hong Zhang
AIMS: Proteomic analysis of serum biomarkers to determine liver toxicity after exposure to cosmic radiation has not been performed previously. This study was to identify serum biomarkers associated with hepatotoxicity following exposure to iron ion radiation. MAIN METHODS: Male mice were whole-body irradiated with a 2grayunit (Gy) iron ion beam, and after 3months, serum and liver samples were collected. Two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) was used to separate the identified serum proteins, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-TOF) was performed to identify differentially expressed proteins...
December 15, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798410/comparison-of-the-effective-dose-rate-to-aircrew-members-using-hybrid-computational-phantoms-in-standing-and-sitting-postures
#16
M C Alves, D C Galeano, W S Santos, Choonsik Lee, Wesley E Bolch, John G Hunt, A X da Silva, A B Carvalho
Aircraft crew members are occupationally exposed to considerable levels of cosmic radiation at flight altitudes. Since aircrew (pilots and passengers) are in the sitting posture for most of the time during flight, and up to now there has been no data on the effective dose rate calculated for aircrew dosimetry in flight altitude using a sitting phantom, we therefore calculated the effective dose rate using a phantom in the sitting and standing postures in order to compare the influence of the posture on the radiation protection of aircrew members...
December 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776994/combined-effects-of-antiorthostatic-suspension-and-ionizing-radiation-on-the-behaviour-and-neurotransmitters-changes-in-different-brain-structures-of-rats
#17
V S Kokhan, M I Matveeva, A S Bazyan, V S Kudrin, A Mukhametov, A S Shtemberg
Space flight factors (SFF) significantly affect the operating activity of astronauts during deep space missions. In contrast to an orbital flight, leaving the Earth's magnetic field is fraught with the dangers of exposure to ionizing radiation and more specifically, the high-energy nuclei component of galactic cosmic rays. Microgravity, just another critical non-radiation factor, significantly affects the normal functioning of the CNS. Some morphological structures of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, that are rich in monoaminergic and acetylcholinergic neurones, are the most sensitive to the effects of ionizing radiation and non-radiation spaceflight factors (SFF)...
October 21, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766455/tardigrades-in-space-research-past-and-future
#18
Erdmann Weronika, Kaczmarek Łukasz
To survive exposure to space conditions, organisms should have certain characteristics including a high tolerance for freezing, radiation and desiccation. The organisms with the best chance for survival under such conditions are extremophiles, like some species of Bacteria and Archea, Rotifera, several species of Nematoda, some of the arthropods and Tardigrada (water bears). There is no denying that tardigrades are one of the toughest animals on our planet and are the most unique in the extremophiles group...
October 20, 2016: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721383/cosmic-radiation-exposure-and-persistent-cognitive-dysfunction
#19
Vipan K Parihar, Barrett D Allen, Chongshan Caressi, Stephanie Kwok, Esther Chu, Katherine K Tran, Nicole N Chmielewski, Erich Giedzinski, Munjal M Acharya, Richard A Britten, Janet E Baulch, Charles L Limoli
The Mars mission will result in an inevitable exposure to cosmic radiation that has been shown to cause cognitive impairments in rodent models, and possibly in astronauts engaged in deep space travel. Of particular concern is the potential for cosmic radiation exposure to compromise critical decision making during normal operations or under emergency conditions in deep space. Rodents exposed to cosmic radiation exhibit persistent hippocampal and cortical based performance decrements using six independent behavioral tasks administered between separate cohorts 12 and 24 weeks after irradiation...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707907/on-the-possibility-of-galactic-cosmic-ray-induced-radiolysis-powered-life-in-subsurface-environments-in-the-universe
#20
Dimitra Atri
Photosynthesis is a mechanism developed by terrestrial life to utilize the energy from photons of solar origin for biological use. Subsurface regions are isolated from the photosphere, and consequently are incapable of utilizing this energy. This opens up the opportunity for life to evolve alternative mechanisms for harvesting available energy. Bacterium Candidatus Desulforudis audaxviator, found 2.8 km deep in a South African mine, harvests energy from radiolysis, induced by particles emitted from radioactive U, Th and K present in surrounding rock...
October 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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