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NASA Spaceline 22 April 2005 Current Awareness

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

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  1. Grenon SM, Hurwitz S, Xiao X, Sheynberg N, Ramsdell CD, Kim C, Cohen RJ, Williams GH. Readaptation from simulated microgravity as a stimulus for improved orthostatic tolerance: role of the renal, cardioendocrine, and cardiovascular systems. J Investig Med. 2005 Mar;53(2):82-91. (PIs: R.J. Cohen and G.H. Williams)
  2. Kyparos A, Feeback DL, Layne CS, Martinez DA, Clarke MS. Mechanical stimulation of the plantar foot surface attenuates soleus muscle atrophy induced by hindlimb unloading in rats. J Appl Physiol. 2005 Apr 7; [Epub ahead of print] (PI: NASA JSC/U. Houston activity)
  3. Barbato JC, Huang QQ, Hossain MM, Bond M, Jin JP. Proteolytic N-terminal truncation of cardiac troponin I enhances ventricular diastolic function. J Biol Chem. 2005 Feb 25;280(8):6602-9. Epub 2004 Dec 20. (PI: J.P. Jin)
  4. Gupton SL, Anderson KL, Kole TP, Fischer RS, Ponti A, Hitchcock-DeGregori SE, Danuser G, Fowler VM, Wirtz D, Hanein D, Waterman-Storer CM. Cell migration without a lamellipodium: translation of actin dynamics into cell movement mediated by tropomyosin. J Cell Biol. 2005 Feb 14;168(4):619-31. (PI: D. Wirtz)
  5. Lee JS, Chang MI, Tseng Y, Wirtz D. Cdc42 mediates nucleus movement and MTOC polarization in Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts under mechanical shear stress. Mol Biol Cell. 2005 Feb;16(2):871-80. Epub 2004 Nov 17. (PIs: J.S. Lee, Graduate Student Research Program, and D. Wirtz)
  6. Norikane JH, Prenger JJ, Rouzan-Wheeldon DT, Levine HG. A comparison of soil moisture sensors for space flight applications. Appl Eng Agric. 2005 Mar;21(2):211-6. (PI: H.G. Levine)
  7. Steinberg SL, Poritz D. Measurement of hydraulic characteristics of porous media used to grow plants in microgravity. Soil Sci Soc Am J. 2005 Mar-Apr;69(2):301-10. (PI: S.L. Steinberg)
  8. Nashashibi-Rabah M, Christodoulatos C, Korfiatis GP. Development of a gravity-independent wastewater bioprocessor for advanced life support in space. Water Environ Res. 2005 Mar-Apr;77(2):138-45. (PIs: C. Christodoulatos and G.P. Korfiatis)
  9. Sutter B, Hossner LR, Ming DW. Dissolution kinetics of iron-, manganese-, and copper-containing synthetic hydroxyapatites. Soil Sci Soc Am J. 2005 Mar-Apr;69(2):362-70. (PI: D.W. Ming)

Other papers of interest:

  1. Indovina I, Maffei V, Bosco G, Zago M, Macaluso E, Lacquaniti F. Representation of visual gravitational motion in the human vestibular cortex. Science. 2005 Apr 15;308(5720):416-9. Note A This Science paper, which derives from the ball-catching experiment on Neurolab (A. Berthoz PI, F. Lacquaniti coI), demonstrates the location in the brain where the brain's built-in processing or "hard-wiring" uses an internal model of gravity to match visual tracking with motion of an object. This research was described in a short article in the April 18 Washington Post. The following two related papers also draw upon the Neurolab experiment.
  2. Zago M, Lacquaniti F. The internal model of gravity for hand interception: parametric adaptation to zero-gravity visual targets on Earth. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Apr 7; [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Zago M, Lacquaniti F. Cognitive, perceptual and action-oriented representations of falling objects. Neuropsychologia. 2005;43(2):178-88. Epub 2005 Jan 7. Review.
  4. Gotoh TM, Fujiki N, Tanaka K, Morita H. Change in intrathoracic pressure in rats with spontaneous and controlled ventilation during microgravity by parabolic flight. Jpn J Physiol. 2005 Feb;55(1):69-74. Note D Parabolic flight results.
  5. Sun XQ, Yao YJ, Yang CB, Jiang SZ, Jiang CL, Liang WB. Effect of lower-body negative pressure on cerebral blood flow velocity during 21 days head-down tilt bed rest. Med Sci Monit. 2005 Jan;11(1):CR1-5.
  6. Kischel P, Bastide B, Muller M, Dubail F, Offredi F, Jin JP, Mounier Y, Martial J. Expression and functional properties of four slow skeletal troponin T isoforms in rat muscles. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2005 Mar 23; [Epub ahead of print] Note F Hindlimb unloading was used in this research.
  7. Sugiura T, Abe N, Nagano M, Goto K, Sakuma K, Naito H, Yoshioka T, Powers SK. Changes in PKB/Akt and calcineurin signaling during recovery in atrophied soleus muscle induced by unloading. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005 May;288(5):R1273-8.
  8. Sakuraba T, Shimada Y, Takahashi S, Matsunaga T, Itoi E, Kawatani M. The effect of magnetic stimulation on unloaded soleus muscle of rat: changes in myosin heavy chain mRNA isoforms. Biomed Res. 2005 Feb;26(1):15-9.
  9. Bassett JP, Zugaro MB, Muir GM, Golob EJ, Muller RU, Taube JS. Passive movements of the head do not abolish anticipatory firing properties of head direction cells. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Mar;93(3):1304-16. Epub 2004 Oct 6.
  10. Hess BJ, Jaggi-Schwarz K, Misslisch H. Canal-otolith interactions after off-vertical axis rotations. II. Spatiotemporal properties of roll and pitch postrotatory vestibuloocular reflexes. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Mar;93(3):1633-46. Epub 2004 Nov 3.
  11. Adeyemo B, Angelaki DE. Similar kinematic properties for ocular following and smooth pursuit eye movements. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Mar;93(3):1710-7. Epub 2004 Oct 20.
  12. Prieur JM, Bourdin C, Vercher JL, Sares F, Blouin J, Gauthier GM. Accuracy of spatial localization depending on head posture in a perturbed gravitoinertial force field. Exp Brain Res. 2005 Mar;161(4):432-40. Epub 2004 Dec 2.
  13. Gliddon CM, Darlington CL, Smith PF. GABAergic systems in the vestibular nucleus and their contribution to vestibular compensation. Prog Neurobiol. 2005 Jan;75(1):53-81. Epub 2005 Jan 1.
  14. Gupta VK. Motion sickness is linked to nystagmus-related trigeminal brain stem input: a new hypothesis. Med Hypotheses. 2005;64(6):1177-81.
  15. Golding JF, Gresty MA. Motion sickness. Curr Opin Neurol. 2005 Feb;18(1):29-34.
  16. Greenwood E. Leukaemia-Space Shuttle. Nat Rev Cancer. 2005 Mar;5(3):157. Note P This short article summarizes a recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, which investigated whether the particular cellular location of the nucleophosmin protein, which "shuttles" back and forth between the nucleus and cytoplasm, play a role in a form of leukemia. This cellular shuttling function led to the title of this article and an accompanying large picture of a space shuttle being launched. Also, this journal has interesting covers.

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