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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727291/proteomic-analysis-and-bioluminescent-reporter-gene-assays-to-investigate-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-on-caco-2-cells
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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...
July 20, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722158/gravitropism-interferes-with-hydrotropism-via-counteracting-auxin-dynamics-in-cucumber-roots-clinorotation-and-spaceflight-experiments
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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...
July 19, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720191/sustained-accelerated-idioventricular-rhythm-in-a-centrifuge-simulated-suborbital-spaceflight
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Rahul Suresh, Rebecca S Blue, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: Hypergravitational exposures during human centrifugation are known to provoke dysrhythmias, including sinus dysrhythmias/tachycardias, premature atrial/ventricular contractions, and even atrial fibrillations or flutter patterns. However, events are generally short-lived and resolve rapidly after cessation of acceleration. This case report describes a prolonged ectopic ventricular rhythm in response to high G exposure. CASE REPORT: A previously healthy 30-yr-old man voluntarily participated in centrifuge trials as a part of a larger study, experiencing a total of 7 centrifuge runs over 48 h...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720190/clinical-herpes-zoster-in-antarctica-as-a-model-for-spaceflight
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David P Reyes, Alaina A Brinley, Rebecca S Blue, Stephen K Gruschkus, Andrew T Allen, Scott E Parazynski
INTRODUCTION: Antarctica is a useful analog for spaceflight, as both environments are remote, isolated, and with limited resources. While previous studies have demonstrated increased asymptomatic viral shedding in both the Antarctic and spaceflight environments, clinical manifestations of reactivated viral disease have been less frequently identified. We sought to identify the incidence of clinical herpes zoster from viral reactivation in the Antarctic winter-over population. METHODS: Medical records from the 2014 winter season were reviewed for the incidence of zoster in U...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720184/human-performance-time-model-of-spacecraft-control-panel-operation-in-simulated-microgravity
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Shi Cao, Yijing Zhang, Yunhuan Guo, Shanguang Chen
BACKGROUND: Human performance modeling plays an important role in the design and management of human spaceflight missions. Previous studies reported that manual control task time increased in microgravity conditions. The current study aimed to find a modeling method that can quantify and predict the task time of spacecraft control panel operation in the simulated microgravity condition. METHODS: We proposed the application of a predetermined elemental task method together with an information processing time model to quantify both physical motion time and cognitive time...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705994/wearable-brain-imaging-with-multi-modal-physiological-recording
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Gary E Strangman, Vladimir Ivkovic, Quan Zhang
The brain is a central component of cognitive and physical human performance. Measures including functional brain activation, cerebral perfusion, cerebral oxygenation, evoked electrical responses, and resting hemodynamic and electrical activity are all related to, or can predict health status or performance decrements. However, measuring brain physiology typically requires large, stationary machines that are not suitable for mobile or self-monitoring. Moreover, when individuals are ambulatory, systemic physiological fluctuations-e...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683078/simulated-space-radiation-induced-mutants-in-the-mouse-kidney-display-widespread-genomic-change
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Mitchell S Turker, Dmytro Grygoryev, Michael Lasarev, Anna Ohlrich, Furaha A Rwatambuga, Sorrel Johnson, Cristian Dan, Bradley Eckelmann, Gwen Hryciw, Jian-Hua Mao, Antoine M Snijders, Stacey Gauny, Amy Kronenberg
Exposure to a small number of high-energy heavy charged particles (HZE ions), as found in the deep space environment, could significantly affect astronaut health following prolonged periods of space travel if these ions induce mutations and related cancers. In this study, we used an in vivo mutagenesis assay to define the mutagenic effects of accelerated 56Fe ions (1 GeV/amu, 151 keV/μm) in the mouse kidney epithelium exposed to doses ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 Gy. These doses represent fluences ranging from 1 to 8 particle traversals per cell nucleus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663380/bone-microvascular-flow-differs-from-skin-microvascular-flow-in-response-to-head-down-tilt
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Michelle Howden, Jamila H Siamwala, Alan R Hargens
Loss of hydrostatic pressures in microgravity may alter skin and bone microvascular flows in the lower extremities and may potentially reduce wound healing and bone fracture repair. The purpose of this study was to determine the rate at which skin and bone microvascular flows respond to head down tilt (HDT). We hypothesized that microvascular flows in tibial bone and overlying skin would increase at different rates during HDT. Tibial bone and skin microvascular flows were measured simultaneously using photoplethysmography (PPG) in a total of 17 subjects during sitting (control posture), supine, 6° HDT, 15° HDT, and 30° HDT postures in random order...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662188/genetic-dissection-of-the-arabidopsis-spaceflight-transcriptome-are-some-responses-dispensable-for-the-physiological-adaptation-of-plants-to-spaceflight
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Anna-Lisa Paul, Natasha J Sng, Agata K Zupanska, Aparna Krishnamurthy, Eric R Schultz, Robert J Ferl
Experimentation on the International Space Station has reached the stage where repeated and nuanced transcriptome studies are beginning to illuminate the structural and metabolic differences between plants grown in space compared to plants on the Earth. Genes that are important in establishing the spaceflight responses are being identified, their roles in spaceflight physiological adaptation are increasingly understood, and the fact that different genotypes adapt differently is recognized. However, the basic question of whether these spaceflight responses are actually required for survival has yet to be posed, and the fundamental notion that spaceflight responses may be non-adaptive has yet to be explored...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649639/initial-assessment-of-the-nutritional-quality-of-the-space-food-system-over-three-years-of-ambient-storage
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Maya Cooper, Michele Perchonok, Grace L Douglas
Processed and prepackaged space food is the main source of nutrition for crew aboard the International Space Station, and likely will continue to be the main source of nutrition for future exploration missions. However, very little information is available on the nutritional stability of space foods. To better understand their nutritional stability, 24 micronutrients were measured in 109 space foods stored over 3 years at room temperature. Our analysis indicated that potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K concentrations in the food may not be adequate to meet the recommended daily intake requirements even before storage...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649638/a-cubesat-centrifuge-for-long-duration-milligravity-research
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Erik Asphaug, Jekan Thangavelautham, Andrew Klesh, Aman Chandra, Ravi Nallapu, Laksh Raura, Mercedes Herreras-Martinez, Stephen Schwartz
We advocate a low-cost strategy for long-duration research into the 'milligravity' environment of asteroids, comets and small moons, where surface gravity is a vector field typically less than 1/1000 the gravity of Earth. Unlike the microgravity environment of space, there is a directionality that gives rise, over time, to strangely familiar geologic textures and landforms. In addition to advancing planetary science, and furthering technologies for hazardous asteroid mitigation and in situ resource utilization, simplified access to long-duration milligravity offers significant potential for advancing human spaceflight, biomedicine and manufacturing...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649637/the-adaptation-of-escherichia-coli-cells-grown-in-simulated-microgravity-for-an-extended-period-is-both-phenotypic-and-genomic
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Madhan R Tirumalai, Fathi Karouia, Quyen Tran, Victor G Stepanov, Rebekah J Bruce, C Mark Ott, Duane L Pierson, George E Fox
Microorganisms impact spaceflight in a variety of ways. They play a positive role in biological systems, such as waste water treatment but can be problematic through buildups of biofilms that can affect advanced life support. Of special concern is the possibility that during extended missions, the microgravity environment will provide positive selection for undesirable genomic changes. Such changes could affect microbial antibiotic sensitivity and possibly pathogenicity. To evaluate this possibility, Escherichia coli (lac plus) cells were grown for over 1000 generations on Luria Broth medium under low-shear modeled microgravity conditions in a high aspect rotating vessel...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649636/interplay-of-space-radiation-and-microgravity-in-dna-damage-and-dna-damage-response
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María Moreno-Villanueva, Michael Wong, Tao Lu, Ye Zhang, Honglu Wu
In space, multiple unique environmental factors, particularly microgravity and space radiation, pose constant threat to the DNA integrity of living organisms. Specifically, space radiation can cause damage to DNA directly, through the interaction of charged particles with the DNA molecules themselves, or indirectly through the production of free radicals. Although organisms have evolved strategies on Earth to confront such damage, space environmental conditions, especially microgravity, can impact DNA repair resulting in accumulation of severe DNA lesions...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649633/latent-virus-reactivation-in-astronauts-on-the-international-space-station
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Satish K Mehta, Mark L Laudenslager, Raymond P Stowe, Brian E Crucian, Alan H Feiveson, Clarence F Sams, Duane L Pierson
Reactivation of latent herpes viruses was measured in 23 astronauts (18 male and 5 female) before, during, and after long-duration (up to 180 days) spaceflight onboard the international space station . Twenty age-matched and sex-matched healthy ground-based subjects were included as a control group. Blood, urine, and saliva samples were collected before, during, and after spaceflight. Saliva was analyzed for Epstein-Barr virus, varicella-zoster virus, and herpes simplex virus type 1. Urine was analyzed for cytomegalovirus...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649630/towards-human-exploration-of-space-the-theseus-review-series-on-muscle-and-bone-research-priorities
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Thomas Lang, Jack J W A Van Loon, Susan Bloomfield, Laurence Vico, Angele Chopard, Joern Rittweger, Antonios Kyparos, Dieter Blottner, Ilkka Vuori, Rupert Gerzer, Peter R Cavanagh
Without effective countermeasures, the musculoskeletal system is altered by the microgravity environment of long-duration spaceflight, resulting in atrophy of bone and muscle tissue, as well as in deficits in the function of cartilage, tendons, and vertebral disks. While inflight countermeasures implemented on the International Space Station have evidenced reduction of bone and muscle loss on low-Earth orbit missions of several months in length, important knowledge gaps must be addressed in order to develop effective strategies for managing human musculoskeletal health on exploration class missions well beyond Earth orbit...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649627/from-the-bench-to-exploration-medicine-nasa-life-sciences-translational-research-for-human-exploration-and-habitation-missions
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Joshua S Alwood, April E Ronca, Richard C Mains, Mark J Shelhamer, Jeffrey D Smith, Thomas J Goodwin
NASA's Space Biology and Human Research Program entities have recently spearheaded communications both internally and externally to coordinate the agency's translational research efforts. In this paper, we strongly advocate for translational research at NASA, provide recent examples of NASA sponsored early-stage translational research, and discuss options for a path forward. Our overall objective is to help in stimulating a collaborative research across multiple disciplines and entities that, working together, will more effectively and more rapidly achieve NASA's goals for human spaceflight...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649624/spaceflight-induced-neuroplasticity-in-humans-as-measured-by-mri-what-do-we-know-so-far
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Angelique Van Ombergen, Steven Laureys, Stefan Sunaert, Elena Tomilovskaya, Paul M Parizel, Floris L Wuyts
Space travel poses an enormous challenge on the human body; microgravity, ionizing radiation, absence of circadian rhythm, confinement and isolation are just some of the features associated with it. Obviously, all of the latter can have an impact on human physiology and even induce detrimental changes. Some organ systems have been studied thoroughly under space conditions, however, not much is known on the functional and morphological effects of spaceflight on the human central nervous system. Previous studies have already shown that central nervous system changes occur during and after spaceflight in the form of neurovestibular problems, alterations in cognitive function and sensory perception, cephalic fluid shifts and psychological disturbances...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642576/upregulation-of-mir-223-in-the-rat-liver-inhibits-proliferation-of-hepatocytes-under-simulated-microgravity
#18
Yongjie Chen, Ji Xu, Chao Yang, Hongyu Zhang, Feng Wu, Jian Chen, Kai Li, Hailong Wang, Yu Li, Yinghui Li, Zhongquan Dai
Long-term spaceflight affects numerous organ systems in the body, including metabolic dysfunction. Recently, ample evidence has demonstrated that the liver is a vulnerable organ during spaceflight. However, the changes in hepatocyte proliferation and cell cycle control under microgravity remain largely unexplored. In the present study, we first confirmed that the serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase, biochemical markers of liver function, were altered in rats under tail suspension (TS) conditions to simulate microgravity, as shown in previous reports...
June 23, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641684/novel-indications-for-commonly-used-medications-as-radiation-protectants-in-spaceflight
#19
Mark F McLaughlin, Dorit B Donoviel, Jeffrey A Jones
In the space environment, the traditional radioprotective principles of time, distance, and shielding become difficult to implement. Additionally, the complex radiation environment inherent in space, the chronic exposure timeframe, and the presence of numerous confounding variables complicate the process of creating appropriate risk models for astronaut exposure. Pharmaceutical options hold tremendous promise to attenuate acute and late effects of radiation exposure in the astronaut population. Pharmaceuticals currently approved for other indications may also offer radiation protection, modulation, or mitigation properties along with a well-established safety profile...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641681/the-effects-of-training-on-anxiety-and-task-performance-in-simulated-suborbital-spaceflight
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Rebecca S Blue, Frederick Bonato, Kimberly Seaton, Andrea Bubka, Johnené L Vardiman, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: In commercial spaceflight, anxiety could become mission-impacting, causing negative experiences or endangering the flight itself. We studied layperson response to four varied-length training programs (ranging from 1 h-2 d of preparation) prior to centrifuge simulation of launch and re-entry acceleration profiles expected during suborbital spaceflight. We examined subject task execution, evaluating performance in high-stress conditions. We sought to identify any trends in demographics, hemodynamics, or similar factors in subjects with the highest anxiety or poorest tolerance of the experience...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
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