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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781764/charged-iron-particles-found-in-galactic-cosmic-rays-are-potent-inducers-of-epithelial-ovarian-tumors
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Birendra Mishra, Gregory W Lawson, Ryan Ripperdan, Laura Ortiz, Ulrike Luderer
Astronauts traveling in deep space are exposed to high-charge and energy (HZE) particles from galactic cosmic rays. We have previously determined that irradiation of adult female mice with iron HZE particles induces DNA double-strand breaks, oxidative damage and apoptosis in ovarian follicles, causing premature ovarian failure. These effects occur at lower doses than with conventional photon irradiation. Ovarian failure with resultant loss of negative feedback and elevated levels of gonadotropin hormones is thought to play a role in the pathophysiology of ovarian cancer...
May 21, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777152/temporary-microglia-depletion-after-cosmic-radiation-modifies-phagocytic-activity-and-prevents-cognitive-deficits
#2
Karen Krukowski, Xi Feng, Maria Serena Paladini, Austin Chou, Kristen Sacramento, Katherine Grue, Lara-Kirstie Riparip, Tamako Jones, Mary Campbell-Beachler, Gregory Nelson, Susanna Rosi
Microglia are the main immune component in the brain that can regulate neuronal health and synapse function. Exposure to cosmic radiation can cause long-term cognitive impairments in rodent models thereby presenting potential obstacles for astronauts engaged in deep space travel. The mechanism/s for how cosmic radiation induces cognitive deficits are currently unknown. We find that temporary microglia depletion, one week after cosmic radiation, prevents the development of long-term memory deficits. Gene array profiling reveals that acute microglia depletion alters the late neuroinflammatory response to cosmic radiation...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775210/the-effect-of-simulated-space-radiation-on-the-n-glycosylation-of-human-immunoglobulin-g1
#3
Mate Szarka, Szabolcs Szilasi, Boglarka Donczo, Daniel Sarkozy, Istvan Rajta, Andras Guttman
On a roundtrip to Mars, astronauts are expectedly exposed to an approximate amount of radiation that exceeds the lifetime limits on Earth. This elevated radiation dose is mainly due to Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and Solar Particle Events (SPE). Specific patterns of the N-glycosylation of human immunoglobulins have already been associated with various ailments such as autoimmune diseases, malignant transformation, chronic inflammation and ageing. The focus of our work was to investigate the effect of low-energy proton irradiation on the IgG N-glycosylation profile with the goal if disease associated changes could be detected during space travel and not altered by space radiation...
May 18, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773841/ocular-counter-rolling-in-astronauts-after-short-and-long-duration-spaceflight
#4
Millard F Reschke, Scott J Wood, Gilles Clément
Ocular counter-rolling (OCR) is a reflex generated by the activation of the gravity sensors in the inner ear that stabilizes gaze and posture during head tilt. We compared the OCR measures that were obtained in 6 astronauts before, during, and after a spaceflight lasting 4-6 days with the OCR measures obtained from 6 astronauts before and after a spaceflight lasting 4-9 months. OCR in the short-duration fliers was measured using the afterimage method during head tilt at 15°, 30°, and 45°. OCR in the long-duration fliers was measured using video-oculography during whole body tilt at 25°...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768035/microgravity-induced-ocular-changes-are-related-to-body-weight
#5
Jay C Buckey, Scott D Phillips, Allison P Anderson, Ariane B Chepko, Veronique Archambault-Leger, Jiang Gui, Abigail M Fellows
On Earth, tissue weight generates compressive forces that press on body structures and act on the walls of vessels throughout the body. In microgravity tissues no longer have any weight and tissue compressive forces are lost, suggesting individuals who weigh more may show greater effects from microgravity exposure. One unique effect of long-duration microgravity exposure is the spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) which can present with globe flattening, choroidal folds, optic disc edema, and a hyperopic visual shift...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761979/-remodeling-simulation-of-human-femur-under-bed-rest-and-spaceflight-circumstances-based-on-three-dimensional-finite-element-analysis
#6
Wenting Yang, Dongmei Wang, Zhoujixin Lei, Chunhui Wang, Shanguang Chen
Astronauts who are exposed to weightless environment in long-term spaceflight might encounter bone density and mass loss for the mechanical stimulus is smaller than normal value. This study built a three dimensional model of human femur to simulate the remodeling process of human femur during bed rest experiment based on finite element analysis (FEA). The remodeling parameters of this finite element model was validated after comparing experimental and numerical results. Then, the remodeling process of human femur in weightless environment was simulated, and the remodeling function of time was derived...
December 1, 2017: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760486/long-lost-data-reveal-astronauts-mark-on-the-moon
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753415/early-effects-of-16-o-radiation-on-neuronal-morphology-and-cognition-in-a-murine-model
#8
Hannah Carr, Tyler C Alexander, Thomas Groves, Frederico Kiffer, Jing Wang, Elvin Price, Marjan Boerma, Antiño R Allen
Astronauts exposed to high linear energy transfer radiation may experience cognitive injury. The pathogenesis of this injury is unknown but may involve glutamate receptors or modifications to dendritic structure and/or dendritic spine density and morphology. Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, where it acts on ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors located at the presynaptic terminal and in the postsynaptic membrane at synapses in the hippocampus. Dendritic spines are sites of excitatory synaptic transmission, and changes in spine structure and dendrite morphology are thought to be morphological correlates of altered brain function associated with hippocampal-dependent learning and memory...
May 2018: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753411/solar-particle-event-storm-shelter-requirements-for-missions-beyond-low-earth-orbit
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L W Townsend, J H Adams, S R Blattnig, M S Clowdsley, D J Fry, I Jun, C D McLeod, J I Minow, D F Moore, J W Norbury, R B Norman, D V Reames, N A Schwadron, E J Semones, R C Singleterry, T C Slaba, C M Werneth, M A Xapsos
Protecting spacecraft crews from energetic space radiations that pose both chronic and acute health risks is a critical issue for future missions beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). Chronic health risks are possible from both galactic cosmic ray and solar energetic particle event (SPE) exposures. However, SPE exposures also can pose significant short term risks including, if dose levels are high enough, acute radiation syndrome effects that can be mission- or life-threatening. In order to address the reduction of short term risks to spaceflight crews from SPEs, we have developed recommendations to NASA for a design-standard SPE to be used as the basis for evaluating the adequacy of proposed radiation shelters for cislunar missions beyond LEO...
May 2018: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753410/hzetrn-radiation-transport-validation-using-balloon-based-experimental-data
#10
James E Warner, Ryan B Norman, Steve R Blattnig
The deterministic radiation transport code HZETRN (High charge (Z) and Energy TRaNsport) was developed by NASA to study the effects of cosmic radiation on astronauts and instrumentation shielded by various materials. This work presents an analysis of computed differential flux from HZETRN compared with measurement data from three balloon-based experiments over a range of atmospheric depths, particle types, and energies. Model uncertainties were quantified using an interval-based validation metric that takes into account measurement uncertainty both in the flux and the energy at which it was measured...
May 2018: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752376/effects-of-prolonged-spaceflight-on-atrial-size-atrial-electrophysiology-and-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Htet W Khine, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Jeffrey L Hastings, Jamie Kowal, James D Daniels, Richard L Page, Jeffery J Goldberger, Jason Ng, Beverley Adams-Huet, Michael W Bungo, Benjamin D Levine
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in active astronauts is ≈5%, similar to the general population but at a younger age. Risk factors for AF include left atrial enlargement, increased number of premature atrial complexes, and certain parameters on signal-averaged electrocardiography, such as P-wave duration, root mean square voltage for the terminal 20 ms of the signal-averaged P wave, and P-wave amplitude. We aimed to evaluate changes in atrial structure, supraventricular beats, and atrial electrophysiology to determine whether spaceflight could increase the risk of AF...
May 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726516/intensity-demodulated-torsion-sensor-based-on-thin-core-polarization-maintaining-fiber
#12
Xuexue Kang, Weigang Zhang, Yanxin Zhang, Jiang Yang, Lei Chen, Lingxin Kong, Yunshan Zhang, Lin Yu, Tieyi Yan, Pengcheng Geng
An intensity-demodulated torsion sensor is designed and realized, which consists of a polarization ring as the sensing part and a section of thin-core polarization-maintaining fiber as the demodulation part. An intensity map of a sinusoidal change can be obtained at some specific wavelengths, and the experimental results correspond to the theoretical analysis well. The maximum sensitivity is about 0.29 dB/deg at the wavelength of 1584.6 nm, and the minimum sensitivity is about 0.10 dB/deg at the wavelength of 1510...
May 1, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722847/dietary-acid-load-and-bone-turnover-during-long-duration-spaceflight-and-bed-rest
#13
Sara R Zwart, Barbara L Rice, Holly Dlouhy, Linda C Shackelford, Martina Heer, Matthew D Koslovsky, Scott M Smith
Background: Bed rest studies document that a lower dietary acid load is associated with lower bone resorption. Objective: We tested the effect of dietary acid load on bone metabolism during spaceflight. Design: Controlled 4-d diets with a high or low animal protein-to-potassium (APro:K) ratio (High and Low diets, respectively) were given to 17 astronauts before and during spaceflight. Each astronaut had 1 High and 1 Low diet session before flight and 2 High and 2 Low sessions during flight, in addition to a 4-d session around flight day 30 (FD30), when crew members were to consume their typical in-flight intake...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722618/noninvasive-in-ear-monitoring-of-intracranial-pressure-during-microgravity-in-parabolic-flights
#14
Paul Avan, Herve Normand, Fabrice Giraudet, Gregory Gerenton, Pierre Denise
Among possible causes of visual impairment or headache experienced by astronauts in microgravity or post-flight and that hamper their performance, elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) has been invoked, but never measured for lack of non-invasive methods. The goal of this work was to test two noninvasive methods of ICP monitoring using in-ear detectors of ICP-dependent auditory responses, acoustic and electric, in acute microgravity afforded by parabolic flights. The devices detecting these responses were hand-held tablets routinely used in otolaryngology for hearing diagnosis, customized for ICP extraction and serviceable by unskilled operators...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712937/galactic-cosmic-radiation-induces-persistent-epigenome-alterations-relevant-to-human-lung-cancer
#15
E M Kennedy, D R Powell, Z Li, J S K Bell, B G Barwick, H Feng, M R McCrary, B Dwivedi, J Kowalski, W S Dynan, K N Conneely, P M Vertino
Human deep space and planetary travel is limited by uncertainties regarding the health risks associated with exposure to galactic cosmic radiation (GCR), and in particular the high linear energy transfer (LET), heavy ion component. Here we assessed the impact of two high-LET ions 56 Fe and 28 Si, and low-LET X rays on genome-wide methylation patterns in human bronchial epithelial cells. We found that all three radiation types induced rapid and stable changes in DNA methylation but at distinct subsets of CpG sites affecting different chromatin compartments...
April 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698131/exposure-of-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-to-simulated-solar-and-galactic-cosmic-radiation-induces-biological-bystander-effects-on-human-hematopoiesis
#16
Graça Almeida-Porada, Christopher Rodman, Bradford Kuhlman, Egil Brudvik, John Moon, Sunil George, Peter Guida, Satria P Sajuthi, Carl D Langefeld, Stephen J Walker, Paul F Wilson, Christopher D Porada
The stem cell compartment of the hematopoietic system constitutes one of the most radiosensitive tissues of the body and leukemias represent one of the most frequent radiogenic cancers with short latency periods. As such, leukemias may pose a particular threat to astronauts during prolonged space missions. Control of hematopoiesis is tightly governed by a specialized bone marrow (BM) microenvironment/niche. As such, any environmental insult that damages cells of this niche would be expected to produce pronounced effects on the types and functionality of hematopoietic/immune cells generated...
April 26, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677372/author-response-the-ocular-glymphatic-system-an-important-missing-piece-in-the-puzzle-of-optic-disc-edema-in-astronauts
#17
Yeni Yucel, Emily Mathieu, Neeru Gupta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677371/the-ocular-glymphatic-system-an-important-missing-piece-in-the-puzzle-of-optic-disc-edema-in-astronauts
#18
Peter Wostyn, Peter Paul De Deyn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656536/mmr-deficiency-does-not-sensitize-or-compromise-the-function-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-to-low-and-high-let-radiation
#19
Rutulkumar Patel, Yulan Qing, Lucy Kennedy, Yan Yan, John Pink, Brittany Aguila, Amar Desai, Stanton L Gerson, Scott M Welford
One of the major health concerns on long-duration space missions will be radiation exposure to the astronauts. Outside the earth's magnetosphere, astronauts will be exposed to galactic cosmic rays (GCR) and solar particle events that are principally composed of protons and He, Ca, O, Ne, Si, Ca, and Fe nuclei. Protons are by far the most common species, but the higher atomic number particles are thought to be more damaging to biological systems. Evaluation and amelioration of risks from GCR exposure will be important for deep space travel...
April 14, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652620/nasa-genelab-project-bridging-space-radiation-omics-with-ground-studies
#20
Afshin Beheshti, Jack Miller, Yared Kidane, Daniel Berrios, Samrawit G Gebre, Sylvain V Costes
Accurate assessment of risks of long-term space missions is critical for human space exploration. It is essential to have a detailed understanding of the biological effects on humans living and working in deep space. Ionizing radiation from galactic cosmic rays (GCR) is a major health risk factor for astronauts on extended missions outside the protective effects of the Earth's magnetic field. Currently, there are gaps in our knowledge of the health risks associated with chronic low-dose, low-dose-rate ionizing radiation, specifically ions associated with high (H) atomic number (Z) and energy (E)...
April 13, 2018: Radiation Research
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