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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904800/alterations-in-hematologic-indices-during-long-duration-spaceflight
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Hawley Kunz, Heather Quiriarte, Richard J Simpson, Robert Ploutz-Snyder, Kathleen McMonigal, Clarence Sams, Brian Crucian
BACKGROUND: Although a state of anemia is perceived to be associated with spaceflight, to date a peripheral blood hematologic assessment of red blood cell (RBC) indices has not been performed during long-duration space missions. METHODS: This investigation collected whole blood samples from astronauts participating in up to 6-months orbital spaceflight, and returned those samples (ambient storage) to Earth for analysis. As samples were always collected near undock of a returning vehicle, the delay from collection to analysis never exceeded 48 h...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894789/impact-of-the-mk-vi-skinsuit-on-skin-microbiota-of-terrestrial-volunteers-and-an-international-space-station-bound-astronaut
#2
Richard A Stabler, Helena Rosado, Ronan Doyle, David Negus, Philip A Carvil, Juan G Kristjánsson, David A Green, Rafael Franco-Cendejas, Cadi Davies, Andreas Mogensen, Jonathan Scott, Peter W Taylor
Microgravity induces physiological deconditioning due to the absence of gravity loading, resulting in bone mineral density loss, atrophy of lower limb skeletal and postural muscles, and lengthening of the spine. SkinSuit is a lightweight compression suit designed to provide head-to-foot (axial) loading to counteract spinal elongation during spaceflight. As synthetic garments may impact negatively on the skin microbiome, we used 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene amplicon procedures to define bacterial skin communities at sebaceous and moist body sites of five healthy male volunteers undergoing SkinSuit evaluation...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894439/phenotypic-changes-exhibited-by-e-coli-cultured-in-space
#3
Luis Zea, Michael Larsen, Frederico Estante, Klaus Qvortrup, Ralf Moeller, Sílvia Dias de Oliveira, Louis Stodieck, David Klaus
Bacteria will accompany humans in our exploration of space, making it of importance to study their adaptation to the microgravity environment. To investigate potential phenotypic changes for bacteria grown in space, Escherichia coli was cultured onboard the International Space Station with matched controls on Earth. Samples were challenged with different concentrations of gentamicin sulfate to study the role of drug concentration on the dependent variables in the space environment. Analyses included assessments of final cell count, cell size, cell envelope thickness, cell ultrastructure, and culture morphology...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875158/thirty-days-of-spaceflight-does-not-alter-murine-calvariae-structure-despite-increased-sost-expression
#4
Timothy R Macaulay, Jamila H Siamwala, Alan R Hargens, Brandon R Macias
Previously our laboratory documented increases in calvaria bone volume and thickness in mice exposed to 15 days of spaceflight aboard the NASA Shuttle mission STS-131. However, the tissues were not processed for gene expression studies to determine what bone formation pathways might contribute to these structural adaptations. Therefore, this study was designed to investigate both the structural and molecular changes in mice calvariae after a longer duration of spaceflight. The primary purpose was to determine the calvaria bone volume and thickness of mice exposed to 30 days of spaceflight using micro-computed tomography for comparison with our previous findings...
December 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860415/t2-relaxation-time-increases-in-lumbar-intervertebral-discs-after-21d-head-down-tilt-bed-rest
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T Koy, B Ganse, J Zange, J Rittweger, R Pohle-Fröhlich, P Fings-Meuthen, B Johannes, D Felsenberg, P Eysel, P M Bansmann, D L Belavý
OBJECTIVES: Spaceflight back pain and intervertebral disc (IVD) herniations cause problems in astronauts. Purpose of this study was to assess changes in T2-relaxation-time through MRI measurements before and after head-down tilt bed-rest, a spaceflight analog. METHODS: 8 men participated in the bed-rest study. Subjects remained in 6° head down tilt bed-rest in two campaigns of 21 days, and received a nutritional intervention (potassium bicarbonate 90 mmol/d) in a cross-over design...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857747/investigation-of-cerebral-venous-outflow-in-microgravity
#6
Angelo Taibi, Giacomo Gadda, Mauro Gambaccini, Erica Menegatti, Francesco Sisini, Paolo Zamboni
The gravitational gradient is the major component to face when considering the physiology of venous return and there is a growing interest in understanding the mechanisms ensuring the heart filling in the absence of gravity for astronauts who perform long-term space missions. The purpose of the Drain Brain project was to monitor the cerebral venous outflow of the crew member during an experiment on the International Space Station, so as to study the compensatory mechanisms that facilitate this essential physiological action in subjects living in a microgravity environment...
August 31, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854433/cytokine-release-and-focal-adhesion-proteins-in-normal-thyroid-cells-cultured-on-the-random-positioning-machine
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Elisabeth Warnke, Jessica Pietsch, Sascha Kopp, Johann Bauer, Jayashree Sahana, Markus Wehland, Marcus Krüger, Ruth Hemmersbach, Manfred Infanger, Ronald Lützenberg, Daniela Grimm
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Spaceflight impacts on the function of the thyroid gland in vivo. In vitro normal and malignant thyrocytes assemble in part to multicellular spheroids (MCS) after exposure to the random positioning machine (RPM), while a number of cells remain adherent (AD). We aim to elucidate possible differences between AD and MCS cells compared to 1g-controls of normal human thyroid cells. METHODS: Cells of the human follicular epithelial thyroid cell line Nthy-ori 3-1 were incubated for up to 72 h on the RPM...
August 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827451/comparative-transcriptomics-indicate-changes-in-cell-wall-organization-and-stress-response-in-seedlings-during-spaceflight
#8
Christina M Johnson, Aswati Subramanian, Sivakumar Pattathil, Melanie J Correll, John Z Kiss
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Plants will play an important role in the future of space exploration as part of bioregenerative life support. Thus, it is important to understand the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on gene expression in plant development. METHODS: We analyzed the transcriptome of Arabidopsis thaliana using the Biological Research in Canisters (BRIC) hardware during Space Shuttle mission STS-131. The bioinformatics methods used included RMA (robust multi-array average), MAS5 (Microarray Suite 5...
August 21, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821629/effects-of-spaceflight-on-the-muscles-of-the-murine-shoulder
#9
Hua Shen, Chanteak Lim, Andrea G Schwartz, Alexander Andreev-Andrievskiy, Alix C Deymier, Stavros Thomopoulos
Mechanical loading is necessary for the development and maintenance of the musculoskeletal system. Removal of loading via microgravity, paralysis, or bed rest leads to rapid loss of muscle mass and function; however, the molecular mechanisms that lead to these changes are largely unknown, particularly for the spaceflight (SF) microgravity environment. Furthermore, few studies have explored these effects on the shoulder, a dynamically stabilized joint with a large range of motion; therefore, we examined the effects of microgravity on mouse shoulder muscles for the 15-d Space Transportation System (STS)-131, 13-d STS-135, and 30-d Bion-M1 missions...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821547/cultivation-in-space-flight-produces-minimal-alterations-in-the-susceptibility-of-bacillus-subtilis-cells-to-72-different-antibiotics-and-growth-inhibiting-compounds
#10
Michael D Morrison, Patricia Fajardo-Cavazos, Wayne L Nicholson
Past results have suggested that bacterial antibiotic susceptibility is altered during space flight. To test this notion, Bacillus subtilis cells were cultivated in matched hardware, medium, and environmental conditions either in spaceflight microgravity on the International Space Station, termed Flight (FL) samples, or at Earth-normal gravity, termed Ground Control (GC) samples. Susceptibility of FL and GC samples was compared to 72 antibiotics and growth-inhibitory compounds using the Omnilog Phenotype Microarray (PM) system...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818998/lower-body-negative-pressure-reduces-optic-nerve-sheath-diameter-during-head-down-tilt
#11
Karina Marshall-Goebel, Robert Terlević, Darius A Gerlach, Simone Kuehn, Edwin Mulder, Jörn Rittweger
The microgravity ocular syndrome (MOS) results in significant structural and functional ophthalmic changes during 6-month spaceflight missions consistent with an increase in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure compared to the preflight upright position. A ground-based study was performed to assess two of the major hypothesized contributors to MOS, headward fluid shifting and increased ambient CO2, on intracranial and periorbital CSF. In addition, lower body negative pressure (LBNP) was assessed as a countermeasure to headward fluid shifting...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818140/dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-during-the-combination-of-mild-hypercapnia-and-cephalad-fluid-shift
#12
Takuya Kurazumi, Yojiro Ogawa, Ryo Yanagida, Hiroshi Morisaki, Ken-Ichi Iwasaki
BACKGROUND: Mild hypercapnia combined with a cephalad fluid shift [e.g., that occurring during spaceflight or laparoscopic surgery with head-down tilt (HDT)] might affect cerebral autoregulation. However, no reports have described the effects of the combination on dynamic cerebral autoregulation. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that the combination of mild hypercapnia and a cephalad fluid shift would attenuate dynamic cerebral autoregulation. METHODS: There were 15 healthy male volunteers who were exposed to 4 10-min protocols in which they received air in the supine position (Placebo/Supine), 3% carbon dioxide (CO2) in the supine position (CO2/Supine), air with -10° HDT (Placebo/HDT) and 3% CO2 with -10° HDT (CO2/HDT)...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811532/protein-expression-changes-caused-by-spaceflight-as-measured-for-18-russian-cosmonauts
#13
Irina M Larina, Andrew J Percy, Juncong Yang, Christoph H Borchers, Andrei M Nosovsky, Anatoli I Grigoriev, Evgeny N Nikolaev
The effects of spaceflight on human physiology is an increasingly studied field, yet the molecular mechanisms driving physiological changes remain unknown. With that in mind, this study was performed to obtain a deeper understanding of changes to the human proteome during space travel, by quantitating a panel of 125 proteins in the blood plasma of 18 Russian cosmonauts who had conducted long-duration missions to the International Space Station. The panel of labeled prototypic tryptic peptides from these proteins covered a concentration range of more than 5 orders of magnitude in human plasma...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805685/re-adaption-on-earth-after-spaceflights-affects-the-mouse-liver-proteome
#14
Viktoria Anselm, Svetlana Novikova, Victor Zgoda
Harsh environmental conditions including microgravity and radiation during prolonged spaceflights are known to alter hepatic metabolism. Our studies have focused on the analysis of possible changes in metabolic pathways in the livers of mice from spaceflight project "Bion-M 1". Mice experienced 30 days of spaceflight with and without an additional re-adaption period of seven days compared to control mice on Earth. To investigate mice livers we have performed proteomic profiling utilizing shotgun mass spectrometry followed by label-free quantification...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798205/cardiac-output-by-pulse-contour-analysis-does-not-match-the-increase-measured-by-rebreathing-during-human-spaceflight
#15
Richard L Hughson, Sean D Peterson, Nicholas J Yee, Danielle K Greaves
Pulse contour analysis of the non-invasive finger arterial pressure waveform provides a convenient means to estimate cardiac output (Q ̇). The method has been compared to standard methods under a range of conditions but never before during spaceflight. We compared pulse contour analysis with the Modelflow algorithm to estimates of Q ̇ obtained by rebreathing during pre-flight baseline testing and during the final month of long-duration spaceflight in nine healthy male astronauts. By Modelflow analysis, stroke volume was greater in supine baseline than seated baseline or inflight...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767698/brain-plasticity-and-sensorimotor-deterioration-as-a-function-of-70-days-head-down-tilt-bed-rest
#16
Vincent Koppelmans, Jacob J Bloomberg, Yiri E De Dios, Scott J Wood, Patricia A Reuter-Lorenz, Igor S Kofman, Roy Riascos, Ajitkumar P Mulavara, Rachael D Seidler
BACKGROUND: Adverse effects of spaceflight on sensorimotor function have been linked to altered somatosensory and vestibular inputs in the microgravity environment. Whether these spaceflight sequelae have a central nervous system component is unknown. However, experimental studies have shown spaceflight-induced brain structural changes in rodents' sensorimotor brain regions. Understanding the neural correlates of spaceflight-related motor performance changes is important to ultimately develop tailored countermeasures that ensure mission success and astronauts' health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763287/role-of-nadph-oxidase-as-a-mediator-of-oxidative-damage-in-low-dose-irradiated-and-hindlimb-unloaded-mice
#17
Xiao Wen Mao, Nina C Nishiyama, Mary Campbell-Beachler, Peter Gifford, Kristine E Haynes, Daila S Gridley, Michael J Pecaut
The purpose of this study was to determine whether nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase-derived stress can account for unloading- and radiation-induced endothelial damage and neurovascular remodeling in a mouse model. Wild-type (WT, Nox2(+/+)) C57BL/6 mice or Nox2(-/-) (B6.129S6-CYBBM) knockout (KO) mice were placed into one of the following groups: age-matched control; hindlimb unloading (HLU); low-dose/low-dose-rate radiation (LDR); or HLU with LDR simultaneously for 21 days. The mice were then sacrificed one month later...
August 1, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760005/evidence-based-selection-of-probiotic-strains-to-promote-astronaut-health-or-alleviate-symptoms-of-illness-on-long-duration-spaceflight-missions
#18
G L Douglas, A A Voorhies
Spaceflight impacts multiple aspects of human physiology, which will require non-invasive countermeasures as mission length and distance from Earth increases and the capability for external medical intervention decreases. Studies on Earth have shown that probiotics have the potential to improve some of the conditions that have manifested during spaceflight, such as gastrointestinal distress, dermatitis, and respiratory infections. The constraints and risks of spaceflight make it imperative that probiotics are carefully selected based on their strain-specific benefits, doses, delivery mechanisms, and relevance to likely crew conditions prior to evaluation in astronauts...
August 1, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727291/proteomic-analysis-and-bioluminescent-reporter-gene-assays-to-investigate-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-on-caco-2-cells
#19
Giorgia La Barbera, Anna Laura Capriotti, Elisa Michelini, Susy Piovesana, Maria Maddalena Calabretta, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Roda, Aldo Laganà
Microgravity is one of the most important features in spaceflight. Previous evidence from in-vitro studies has shown that significant changes occur under simulated microgravity. For this reason, human colon adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells were selected as cell model of intestinal epithelial barrier and their response to altered gravity conditions was investigated, especially on the protein level. In this study, we combined label-free shotgun proteomics and bioluminescent reporter gene assays to identify key proteins and pathways involved in the response of Caco-2 cells under reference and microgravity conditions...
August 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722158/gravitropism-interferes-with-hydrotropism-via-counteracting-auxin-dynamics-in-cucumber-roots-clinorotation-and-spaceflight-experiments
#20
Keita Morohashi, Miki Okamoto, Chiaki Yamazaki, Nobuharu Fujii, Yutaka Miyazawa, Motoshi Kamada, Haruo Kasahara, Ikuko Osada, Toru Shimazu, Yasuo Fusejima, Akira Higashibata, Takashi Yamazaki, Noriaki Ishioka, Akie Kobayashi, Hideyuki Takahashi
Roots of land plants show gravitropism and hydrotropism in response to gravity and moisture gradients, respectively, for controlling their growth orientation. Gravitropism interferes with hydrotropism, although the mechanistic aspects are poorly understood. Here, we differentiated hydrotropism from gravitropism in cucumber roots by conducting clinorotation and spaceflight experiments. We also compared mechanisms regulating hydrotropism and auxin-regulated gravitropism. Clinorotated or microgravity (μG)-grown cucumber seedling roots hydrotropically bent toward wet substrate in the presence of moisture gradients, but they grew straight in the direction of normal gravitational force at the Earth's surface (1G) on the ground or centrifuge-generated 1G in space...
September 2017: New Phytologist
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