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Viktor S Kokhan, Marina I Matveeva, Azat Mukhametov, Andrey S Shtemberg
Space flight factors (SFF) significantly affect the operating activity of astronauts during deep space missions. Gravitational overloads, hypo-magnetic field and ionizing radiation are the main SFF that perturb the normal activity of the central nervous system (CNS). Acute and chronic CNS risks include alterations in cognitive abilities, reduction of motor functions and behavioural changes. Multiple experimental works have been devoted to the SFF effects on integrative functional activity of the brain; however, the model parameters utilized have not always been ideal and consistent...
October 15, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Xinjian Mao, Zhe Chen, Qing Luo, Bingyu Zhang, Guanbin Song
Exposure to microgravity during space flight affects almost all human physiological systems. Migration, proliferation, and differentiation of stem cells are crucial for tissues repair and regeneration. However, the effect of microgravity on the migration potentials of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) is unclear, which are important progenitor and supporting cells. Here, we utilized a clinostat to model simulated microgravity (SMG) and found that SMG obviously inhibited migration of rat BMSCs. We detected significant reorganization of F-actin filaments and increased Young's modulus of BMSCs after exposure to SMG...
October 15, 2016: Cytotechnology
Tae-Hyoung Kim, Oh Joo Kweon, Hye Ryoun Kim, Mi-Kyung Lee
Recently, several studies have revealed that commercial microbial identification systems do not accurately identify the uncommon causative species of candidiasis, including Candida famata, Meyerozyma guilliermondii, and C. auris. We investigated the accuracy of species-level identification in a collection of clinical isolates previously identified as C. famata (N=38), C. lusitaniae (N=12), and M. guilliermondii (N=5) by the Vitek 2 system. All 55 isolates were re-analyzed by the Phoenix system (Becton Dickinson Diagnostics), two matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analyzers (a Vitek MS and a Bruker Biotyper), and by sequencing of internal transcribed space (ITS) regions or 26S rRNA gene D1/D2 domains...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Masato Okano, Mitsuhiko Sato, Shinji Kageyama
Human erythropoietin (EPO) and recombinant human EPO (rEPO) are approximately 30-kDa glycosylated proteins comprising 165 amino acids. Darbepoetin alfa (NESP) is a glycosylated protein encompassing five changes in the amino acid sequence of human EPO, which contains two extra sugar chains. NESP is under patent protection in the USA until May 2024 and in Europe until July 2016, which suggests that the number of NESP biosimilars might substantially increase. The detailed characterization of biosimilar products are required to ensure the identity and purity of the biosimilar products in terms of safety and efficacy for patients...
October 5, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
W Verhoeven, J F M van Rens, M A W van Ninhuijs, W F Toonen, E R Kieft, P H A Mutsaers, O J Luiten
We demonstrate the use of two TM110 resonant cavities to generate ultrashort electron pulses and subsequently measure electron energy losses in a time-of-flight type of setup. The method utilizes two synchronized microwave cavities separated by a drift space of 1.45 m. The setup has an energy resolution of 12 ± 2 eV FWHM at 30 keV, with an upper limit for the temporal resolution of 2.7 ± 0.4 ps. Both the time and energy resolution are currently limited by the brightness of the tungsten filament electron gun used...
September 2016: Structural Dynamics (Melville, N.Y.)
Cara L Benjamin, Raymond P Stowe, Lisa St John, Clarence F Sams, Satish K Mehta, Brian E Crucian, Duane L Pierson, Krishna V Komanduri
Following the advent of molecular assays that measure T cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) present in recent thymic emigrants, it has been conclusively shown that thymopoiesis persists in most adults, but that functional output decreases with age, influencing the maintenance of a diverse and functional T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire. Space flight has been shown to result in a variety of phenotypic and functional changes in human T cells and in the reactivation of latent viruses. While space flight has been shown to influence thymic architecture in rodents, thymopoiesis has not previously been assessed in astronauts...
August 4, 2016: JCI Insight
Yao Li, Feng Cao, Tat Thang Vo Doan, Hirotaka Sato
The mechanisms and principles of insect flight have long been investigated by researchers working on micro and nano air vehicles (MAVs/NAVs). However, studies of insect flight maneuvers require high speed filming and high spatial resolution in a small experimental space, or the tethering of the insect to a fixed place. Under such artificial conditions, the insects may deviate its flying behavior from that of regular flight. In this study, we mounted a tiny wireless system, or 'backpack', on live beetles (Mecynorrhina torquata; length 62 ± 8 mm; mass 7...
2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Guillermo Robles, José Manuel Fresno, Romano Giannetti
The design and optimization of protective equipment and devices such as exoskeletons and prosthetics have the potential to be enhanced by the ability of accurately measure the positions of the bones during movement. Existing technologies allow a quite precise measurement of motion-mainly by using coordinate video-cameras and skin-mounted markers-but fail in directly measuring the bone position. Alternative approaches, as fluoroscopy, are too invasive and not usable during extended lapses of time, either for cost or radiation exposure...
September 22, 2016: ISA Transactions
Francis A Cucinotta, Nobuyuki Hamada, Mark P Little
Previous analysis has shown that astronauts have a significantly lower standardized mortality ratio for circulatory disease mortality compared to the U.S. population, which is consistent with the rigorous selection process and healthy lifestyles of astronauts, and modest space radiation exposures from past space missions. However, a recent report by Delp et al. estimated the proportional mortality ratio for ages of 55-64 y of Apollo lunar mission astronauts to claim a high risk of cardiovascular disease due to space radiation compared to the U...
August 2016: Life Sciences in Space Research
P Zabel, M Bamsey, D Schubert, M Tajmar
The cultivation of higher plants occupies an essential role within bio-regenerative life support systems. It contributes to all major functional aspects by closing the different loops in a habitat like food production, CO2 reduction, O2 production, waste recycling and water management. Fresh crops are also expected to have a positive impact on crew psychological health. Plant material was first launched into orbit on unmanned vehicles as early as the 1960s. Since then, more than a dozen different plant cultivation experiments have been flown on crewed vehicles beginning with the launch of Oasis 1, in 1971...
August 2016: Life Sciences in Space Research
Richard L Hughson, Nicholas J Yee, Danielle K Greaves
BACKGROUND: Elevated ambient Pco2 in the International Space Station (ISS) has been cited as a potential contributor to the vision impairment intracranial pressure syndrome (VIIP), a significant health risk for astronauts during long-duration space missions. The elevation in ambient Pco2 is rather modest and normal respiratory compensation could minimize the impact on arterial Pco2. METHODS: In nine male astronauts, breaths measured prior to a rebreathing maneuver were examined to assess inspired and end-tidal Pco2 during upright seated preflight and in-flight conditions...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Jiaojiao Ren, Lijuan Li, Dandan Zhang, Xiaoli Qiao, Qiongying Lv, Guohua Cao
With the wide use of high-temperature-resistant ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) in aviation and space flight, it is important to detect the quality of the bonding. This paper used terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy nondestructive testing technology to inspect the bonding defects of the CMC. This paper puts forward a method-extraction method, which is applied to make samples to simulate the bonding defect of CMC by embedding polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sheets with 0.12 mm thickness into the adhesive layer and extracting it after curing and presetting the bonding defects...
September 10, 2016: Applied Optics
Alain Gonfalone
The success of a manned space mission depends on the well-being of the crew. Sleep in space has been the concern of researchers from the earliest days of manned space flight. In the new frontier of space exploration one of the great problems to be solved relates to sleep. Although many reports indicate that sleep in space differs only in minor ways from terrestrial sleep, such as being somewhat less comfortable, a consistent finding has been that sleep duration in space is shorter than that on the ground. This review considers the accumulating evidence that the main reason for the shorter duration of sleep in space is the absence of gravity...
August 18, 2016: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
Debayan Mitra, Peter T Brown, Peter Schauß, Stanimir S Kondov, Waseem S Bakr
We study a two-component quasi-two-dimensional Fermi gas with imbalanced spin populations. We probe the gas at different interaction strengths and polarizations by measuring the density of each spin component in the trap and the pair momentum distribution after time of flight. For a wide range of experimental parameters, we observe in-trap phase separation characterized by the appearance of a spin-balanced core surrounded by a polarized gas. Our momentum space measurements indicate pair condensation in the imbalanced gas even for large polarizations where phase separation vanishes, pointing to the presence of a polarized pair condensate...
August 26, 2016: Physical Review Letters
M Madurga, S V Paulauskas, R Grzywacz, D Miller, D W Bardayan, J C Batchelder, N T Brewer, J A Cizewski, A Fijałkowska, C J Gross, M E Howard, S V Ilyushkin, B Manning, M Matoš, A J Mendez, K Miernik, S W Padgett, W A Peters, B C Rasco, A Ratkiewicz, K P Rykaczewski, D W Stracener, E H Wang, M Wolińska-Cichocka, E F Zganjar
The β-delayed neutron emission of ^{83,84}Ga isotopes was studied using the neutron time-of-flight technique. The measured neutron energy spectra showed emission from states at excitation energies high above the neutron separation energy and previously not observed in the β decay of midmass nuclei. The large decay strength deduced from the observed intense neutron emission is a signature of Gamow-Teller transformation. This observation was interpreted as evidence for allowed β decay to ^{78}Ni core-excited states in ^{83,84}Ge favored by shell effects...
August 26, 2016: Physical Review Letters
George C Brainard, Laura K Barger, Robert R Soler, John P Hanifin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review addresses the development of a new solid-state lighting system for the International Space Station (ISS) that is intended to enhance the illumination of the working and living environment of astronauts and to improve sleep, circadian entrainment, and daytime alertness. RECENT FINDINGS: Spaceflight missions often expose astronauts and mission support ground crews to atypical sleep-wake cycles and work schedules. A recent, extensive study describes the sleep characteristics and use of sleep-promoting pharmaceuticals in astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Esra Yuce, Gulperi Koçer, Turan Atila Çini
Aerospace medicine is the medical discipline responsible for assessing and conserving the health, safety, and performance of individuals involved in air and space travel. With the upward trend in airline travel, flight-related oral conditions requiring treatment have become a source of concern for aircrew members. Awareness and treatment of any potential physiological problems for these aircrews have always been critical components of aviation safety. In a flight situation, oral and maxillofacial problems may in fact become life-threatening clinical conditions...
September 2016: General Dentistry
Shuai Jing, Xingqun Zhan, Baoyu Liu, Maolin Chen
Weak-signal and high-dynamics are of two primary concerns of space navigation using GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) in the space service volume (SSV). The paper firstly defines a reference assumption third-order phase-locked loop (PLL) as the baseline of an onboard GNSS receiver, and proves the incompetence of this conventional architecture. Then an adaptive four-state Kalman filter (KF)-based algorithm is introduced to realize the optimization of loop noise bandwidth, which can adaptively regulate its filter gain according to the received signal power and line-of-sight (LOS) dynamics...
2016: Sensors
T V Povysheva, P N Rezvyakov, G F Shaimardanova, E E Nikolskii, R R Islamov, Yu A Chelyshev, A I Grygoryev
Myelinated fibers and myelin-forming cells in the spinal cord at the L3-L5 level were studied in C57BL/6N mice that had spent 30 days in space. Signs of destruction of myelin in different areas of white matter, reduction of the thickness of myelin sheath and axon diameter, decreased number of myelin-forming cells were detected in "flight" mice. The stay of mice in space during 30 days had a negative impact on the structure of myelinated fibers and caused reduced expression of the markers myelin-forming cells...
July 2016: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
Sridhar Ravi, Jair E Garcia, Chun Wang, Adrian Dyer
Bees navigate in complex environments using visual, olfactory and mechano-sensorial cues. In the lowest region of the atmosphere the wind environment can be highly unsteady and bees employ fine motor-skills to enhance flight control. Recent work reveals sophisticated multi-modal processing of visual and olfactory channels by the bee brain to enhance foraging efficiency, but it currently remains unclear if wind-induced mechano-sensory inputs are also integrated with visual information to facilitate decision making...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
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