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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632432/serum-micrornas-as-early-indicators-for-estimation-of-exposure-degree-in-response-to-ionizing-irradiation
#1
Wenjun Wei, Jinpeng He, Jufang Wang, Nan Ding, Bing Wang, Sulan Lin, Xurui Zhang, Junrui Hua, He Li, Burong Hu
Exposure to ionizing radiation from nuclear devices, spaceflights or terrorist attacks represents a major threat to human health and public security. After a radiological incident, noninvasive biomarkers that can facilitate rapid assessment of exposure risk in the early stages are urgently needed for optimal medical treatment. Serum microRNAs (miRNAs) are ideal biomarkers because they are stable in response to environmental changes, they are common among different species and are easily collected. Here, we performed miRNA PCR arrays to analyze miRNA expression profiles at 24 h postirradiation...
June 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631760/-astronauts-asteroids-and-the-universe-of-antithrombotic-therapies-in-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#2
Leonardo De Luca, Antonino Granatelli
A sensation of self-awareness on the relativity of our certainties comes over looking to the huge amount of data on antithrombotic therapies assessed in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). This sensation can be compared to the so-called "overview effect", a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit. In this review we will mention drugs floated like meteors in the Universe of STEMI treatment and we will discuss the body of evidence on oral and intravenous antithrombotic therapies for patients undergoing pPCI...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611667/dammarane-sapogenins-ameliorates-neurocognitive-functional-impairment-induced-by-simulated-long-duration-spaceflight
#3
Xiaorui Wu, Dong Li, Junlian Liu, Lihong Diao, Shukuan Ling, Yuheng Li, Jianyi Gao, Quanchun Fan, Weijia Sun, Qi Li, Dingsheng Zhao, Guohui Zhong, Dengchao Cao, Min Liu, Jiaping Wang, Shuang Zhao, Yu Liu, Guie Bai, Hongzhi Shi, Zi Xu, Jing Wang, Chunmei Xue, Xiaoyan Jin, Xinxin Yuan, Hongxing Li, Caizhi Liu, Huiyuan Sun, Jianwei Li, Yongzhi Li, Yingxian Li
Increasing evidence indicates the occurrence of cognitive impairment in astronauts under spaceflight compound conditions, but the underlying mechanisms and countermeasures need to be explored. In this study, we found that learning and memory abilities were significantly reduced in rats under a simulated long-duration spaceflight environment (SLSE), which includes microgravity, isolation confinement, noises, and altered circadian rhythms. Dammarane sapogenins (DS), alkaline hydrolyzed products of ginsenosides, can enhance cognition function by regulating brain neurotransmitter levels and inhibiting SLSE-induced neuronal injury...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611153/effects-of-short-term-mild-hypercapnia-during-head-down-tilt-on-intracranial-pressure-and-ocular-structures-in-healthy-human-subjects
#4
Steven S Laurie, Gianmarco Vizzeri, Giovanni Taibbi, Connor R Ferguson, Xiao Hu, Stuart M C Lee, Robert Ploutz-Snyder, Scott M Smith, Sara R Zwart, Michael B Stenger
Many astronauts experience ocular structural and functional changes during long-duration spaceflight, including choroidal folds, optic disc edema, globe flattening, optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) distension, retinal nerve fiber layer thickening, and decreased visual acuity. The leading hypothesis suggests that weightlessness-induced cephalad fluid shifts increase intracranial pressure (ICP), which contributes to the ocular structural changes, but elevated ambient CO2 levels on the International Space Station may also be a factor...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607373/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-reduces-after-first-time-exposure-to-short-term-gravitational-alterations-induced-by-parabolic-flight
#5
Angelique Van Ombergen, Floris L Wuyts, Ben Jeurissen, Jan Sijbers, Floris Vanhevel, Steven Jillings, Paul M Parizel, Stefan Sunaert, Paul H Van de Heyning, Vincent Dousset, Steven Laureys, Athena Demertzi
Spaceflight severely impacts the human body. However, little is known about how gravity and gravitational alterations affect the human brain. Here, we aimed at measuring the effects of acute exposure to gravity transitions. We exposed 28 naïve participants to repetitive alterations between normal, hyper- and microgravity induced by a parabolic flight (PF) and measured functional MRI connectivity changes. Scans were acquired before and after the PF. To mitigate motion sickness, PF participants received scopolamine prior to PF...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600534/intracranial-fluid-redistribution-but-no-white-matter-microstructural-changes-during-a-spaceflight-analog
#6
Vincent Koppelmans, Ofer Pasternak, Jacob J Bloomberg, Yiri E De Dios, Scott J Wood, Roy Riascos, Patricia A Reuter-Lorenz, Igor S Kofman, Ajitkumar P Mulavara, Rachael D Seidler
The neural correlates of spaceflight-induced sensorimotor impairments are unknown. Head down-tilt bed rest (HDBR) serves as a microgravity analog because it mimics the headward fluid shift and axial body unloading of spaceflight. We investigated focal brain white matter (WM) changes and fluid shifts during 70 days of 6° HDBR in 16 subjects who were assessed pre (2x), during (3x), and post-HDBR (2x). Changes over time were compared to those in control subjects (n = 12) assessed four times over 90 days. Diffusion MRI was used to assess WM microstructure and fluid shifts...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591153/effects-of-gravity-changes-on-gene-expression-of-bdnf-and-serotonin-receptors-in-the-mouse-brain
#7
Chihiro Ishikawa, Haiyan Li, Rin Ogura, Yuko Yoshimura, Takashi Kudo, Masaki Shirakawa, Dai Shiba, Satoru Takahashi, Hironobu Morita, Takashi Shiga
Spaceflight entails various stressful environmental factors including microgravity. The effects of gravity changes have been studied extensively on skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, immune and vestibular systems, but those on the nervous system are not well studied. The alteration of gravity in ground-based animal experiments is one of the approaches taken to address this issue. Here we investigated the effects of centrifugation-induced gravity changes on gene expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and serotonin receptors (5-HTRs) in the mouse brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578401/rnaseq-analysis-reveals-pathways-and-candidate-genes-associated-with-salinity-tolerance-in-a-spaceflight-induced-wheat-mutant
#8
Hongchun Xiong, Huijun Guo, Yongdun Xie, Linshu Zhao, Jiayu Gu, Shirong Zhao, Junhui Li, Luxiang Liu
Salinity stress has become an increasing threat to food security worldwide and elucidation of the mechanism for salinity tolerance is of great significance. Induced mutation, especially spaceflight mutagenesis, is one important method for crop breeding. In this study, we show that a spaceflight-induced wheat mutant, named salinity tolerance 1 (st1), is a salinity-tolerant line. We report the characteristics of transcriptomic sequence variation induced by spaceflight, and show that mutations in genes associated with sodium ion transport may directly contribute to salinity tolerance in st1...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574653/cortical-and-trabecular-bone-microstructure-did-not-recover-at-weight-bearing-skeletal-sites-and-progressively-deteriorated-at-non-weight-bearing-sites-during-the-year-following-international-space-station-missions
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Laurence Vico, Bert Van Rietbergen, Nicolas Vilayphiou, Marie-Thérèse Linossier, Hervé Locrelle, Myriam Normand, Mohamed Zouch, Maude Gerbaix, Nicolas Bonnet, Valery Novikov, Thierry ThomC, Galina Vassilieva
Risk for premature osteoporosis is a major health concern in astronauts and cosmonauts and the reversibility of the bone lost at the weight-bearing bone sites is not established although it is suspected to take longer than the mission length. The bone three-dimensional structure and strength which could be uniquely affected by weightlessness, is currently unknown. Our objective is to evaluate bone mass, microarchitecture and strength of weight- and non-weight-bearing bone in 13 cosmonauts before and for 12 months after 4-6-month sojourn in the International Space Station (ISS)...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572612/one-month-spaceflight-compromises-the-bone-microstructure-tissue-level-mechanical-properties-osteocyte-survival-and-lacunae-volume-in-mature-mice-skeletons
#10
Gerbaix Maude, Gnyubkin Vasily, Farlay Delphine, Olivier Cécile, Ammann Patrick, Courbon Guillaume, Laroche Norbert, Gential Rachel, Follet Hélène, Peyrin Françoise, Shenkman Boris, Gauquelin-Koch Guillemette, Vico Laurence
The weightless environment during spaceflight induces site-specific bone loss. The 30-day Bion-M1 mission offered a unique opportunity to characterize the skeletal changes after spaceflight and an 8-day recovery period in mature male C57/BL6 mice. In the femur metaphysis, spaceflight decreased the trabecular bone volume (-64% vs. Habitat Control), dramatically increased the bone resorption (+140% vs. Habitat Control) and induced marrow adiposity invasion. At the diaphysis, cortical thinning associated with periosteal resorption was observed...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561779/transcriptomics-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-and-their-potential-spaceflight-related-health-consequences
#11
REVIEW
Ye Zhang, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Stephanie Krieger, Govindarajan T Ramesh, Srujana Neelam, Honglu Wu
In space, living organisms are exposed to multiple stress factors including microgravity and space radiation. For humans, these harmful environmental factors have been known to cause negative health impacts such as bone loss and immune dysfunction. Understanding the mechanisms by which spaceflight impacts human health at the molecular level is critical not only for accurately assessing the risks associated with spaceflight, but also for developing effective countermeasures. Over the years, a number of studies have been conducted under real or simulated space conditions...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554506/bion-m-1-first-continuous-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-mice-during-a-30-day-spaceflight
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Alexander Andreev-Andrievskiy, Anfisa Popova, Jean-Christophe Lloret, Patrick Aubry, Anatoliy Borovik, Daria Tsvirkun, Olga Vinogradova, Eugeniy Ilyin, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud
Animals are an essential component of space exploration and have been used to demonstrate that weightlessness does not disrupt essential physiological functions. They can also contribute to space research as models of weightlessness-induced changes in humans. Animal research was an integral component of the 30-day automated Russian biosatellite Bion-M 1 space mission. The aim of the hemodynamic experiment was to estimate cardiovascular function in mice, a species roughly 3000 times smaller than humans, during prolonged spaceflight and post-flight recovery, particularly, to investigate if mice display signs of cardiovascular deconditioning...
May 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546470/ocular-changes-over-60-minutes-in-supine-and-prone-postures
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Allison P Anderson, Gautam Babu, Jacob G Swan, Scott D Phillips, Darin A Knaus, Christine M Toutain-Kidd, Michael E Zegans, Abigail M Fellows, Jiang Gui, Jay C Buckey
Some astronauts are returning from long duration spaceflight with structural ocular and visual changes. We investigated both the transient and sustained effects of changes in the direction of the gravity vector acting on the eye using changes in body posture. Intraocular pressure (IOP-Perkins tonometer), ocular geometry (axial length, corneal thickness, and aqueous depth-noncontact biometer), and the choroidal (volume and subfoveal thickness optical coherence tomography) was measured in 10 subjects (5M, 5F)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542341/transcriptome-and-proteomic-analyses-reveal-multiple-differences-associated-with-chloroplast-development-in-the-spaceflight-induced-wheat-albino-mutant-mta
#14
Kui Shi, Jiayu Gu, Huijun Guo, Linshu Zhao, Yongdun Xie, Hongchun Xiong, Junhui Li, Shirong Zhao, Xiyun Song, Luxiang Liu
Chloroplast development is an integral part of plant survival and growth, and occurs in parallel with chlorophyll biosynthesis. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying chloroplast development in hexaploid wheat. Here, we obtained a spaceflight-induced wheat albino mutant mta. Chloroplast ultra-structural observation showed that chloroplasts of mta exhibit abnormal morphology and distribution compared to wild type. Photosynthetic pigments content was also significantly decreased in mta. Transcriptome and chloroplast proteome profiling of mta and wild type were done to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and proteins (DEPs), respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542224/is-spaceflight-induced-immune-dysfunction-linked-to-systemic-changes-in-metabolism
#15
Michael J Pecaut, Xiao Wen Mao, Denise L Bellinger, Karen R Jonscher, Louis S Stodieck, Virginia L Ferguson, Ted A Bateman, Robert P Mohney, Daila S Gridley
The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on its final mission (STS-135) on July 8, 2011. After just under 13 days, the shuttle landed safely at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the last time. Female C57BL/6J mice flew as part of the Commercial Biomedical Testing Module-3 (CBTM-3) payload. Ground controls were maintained at the KSC facility. Subsets of these mice were made available to investigators as part of NASA's Bio-specimen Sharing Program (BSP). Our group characterized cell phenotype distributions and phagocytic function in the spleen, catecholamine and corticosterone levels in the adrenal glands, and transcriptomics/metabolomics in the liver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539156/early-human-factors-studies-for-spaceflight-at-the-aeromedical-field-laboratory-at-holloman-air-force-base
#16
Loretta Hall
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June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539145/workplace-social-support-and-behavioral-health-prior-to-long-duration-spaceflight
#17
Charlene A Deming, Jennifer J Vasterling
INTRODUCTION: Preparation and training for long-duration spaceflight bring with them psychosocial stressors potentially affecting the well-being and performance of astronauts, before and during spaceflight. Social support from within the workplace may mitigate behavioral health concerns arising during the preflight period and enhance resiliency before and during extended missions. The purpose of this review was to evaluate evidence addressing the viability of workplace social support as a pre-mission countermeasure, specifically addressing: 1) the observed relationships between workplace social support and behavioral health; 2) perceived need, acceptability, and format preference for workplace social support among high-achievers; 3) potential barriers to delivery/receipt of workplace social support; 4) workplace social support interventions; and 5) delivery timeframe and anticipated duration of workplace social support countermeasure benefits...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533143/drugs-in-space-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-in-astronauts
#18
REVIEW
Johannes Kast, Yichao Yu, Christoph N Seubert, Virginia E Wotring, Hartmut Derendorf
Space agencies are working intensely to push the current boundaries of human spaceflight by sending astronauts deeper into space than ever before, including missions to Mars and asteroids. Spaceflight alters human physiology due to fluid shifts, muscle and bone loss, immune system dysregulation, and changes in the gastrointestinal tract and metabolic enzymes. These alterations may change the pharmacokinetics and/or pharmacodynamics of medications used by astronauts and subsequently might impact drug efficacy and safety...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520475/kombucha-multimicrobial-community-under-simulated-spaceflight-and-martian-conditions
#19
O Podolich, I Zaets, O Kukharenko, I Orlovska, O Reva, L Khirunenko, M Sosnin, A Haidak, S Shpylova, E Rabbow, M Skoryk, M Kremenskoy, R Demets, N Kozyrovska, J-P de Vera
Kombucha microbial community (KMC) produces a cellulose-based biopolymer of industrial importance and a probiotic beverage. KMC-derived cellulose-based pellicle film is known as a highly adaptive microbial macrocolony-a stratified community of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In the framework of the multipurpose international astrobiological project "BIOlogy and Mars Experiment (BIOMEX)," which aims to study the vitality of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and the stability of selected biomarkers in low Earth orbit and in a Mars-like environment, a cellulose polymer structural integrity will be assessed as a biomarker and biotechnological nanomaterial...
May 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503167/the-impact-of-space-flight-on-survival-and-interaction-of-cupriavidus-metallidurans-ch34-with-basalt-a-volcanic-moon-analog-rock
#20
Bo Byloos, Ilse Coninx, Olivier Van Hoey, Charles Cockell, Natasha Nicholson, Vyacheslav Ilyin, Rob Van Houdt, Nico Boon, Natalie Leys
Microbe-mineral interactions have become of interest for space exploration as microorganisms could be used to biomine from extra-terrestrial material and extract elements useful as micronutrients in life support systems. This research aimed to identify the impact of space flight on the long-term survival of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 in mineral water and the interaction with basalt, a lunar-type rock in preparation for the ESA spaceflight experiment, BIOROCK. Therefore, C. metallidurans CH34 cells were suspended in mineral water supplemented with or without crushed basalt and send for 3 months on board the Russian FOTON-M4 capsule...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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