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NASA Spaceline 3 February 2006 Current Space Life Science Awareness

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2006

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  1. Lockley SW, Evans EE, Scheer FA, Brainard GC, Czeisler CA, Aeschbach D. Short-wavelength sensitivity for the direct effects of light on alertness, vigilance, and the waking electroencephalogram in humans. Sleep. 2006 Feb;29(2):161-8. (HSR&T PIs: G.C. Brainard, C.A. Czeisler) Note: From paper: ?Our findings suggest that long-duration short-wavelength [blue light] light exposure is an effective potential countermeasure for fatigue and performance decrements, particularly during the biological night.? Brigham and Women?s Hospital plans on issuing a press release on this research.
  2. Whedon GD, Rambaut PC. Effects of long-duration space flight on calcium metabolism: Review of human studies from Skylab to the present. Acta Astronaut. 2006 Jan;58(2):59-81.
  3. McNamara LM, Prendergast PJ, Schaffler MB. Bone tissue material properties are altered during osteoporosis. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2005 Dec;5(4):342-3. (HSR&T PI: M.B. Schaffler) Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge at the publisher's site: http://www.ismni.org/jmni/index.htm
  4. Rowe DW. Viewing problems in bone biology from the perspective of lineage identification. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2005 Dec;5(4):350-2. (HSR&T PI: D.W. Rowe) Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge at the publisher's site: http://www.ismni.org/jmni/index.htm
  5. Macdougall HG, Moore ST, Curthoys IS, Black FO. Modeling postural instability with Galvanic vestibular stimulation. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Jan 24;:1-13 [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PIs: S.T. Moore, F.O. Black) Note: Results of the test subjects were compared to published results of astronauts following space flight.
  6. Reschke MF, Somers JT, Ford G. Stroboscopic vision as a treatment for motion sickness: strobe lighting vs. shutter glasses. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2006 Jan;77(1):2-7. (HSR&T PI: M.F. Reschke)
  7. Metts BA, Kaufman GD, Perachio AA. Polysynaptic inputs to vestibular efferent neurons as revealed by viral transneuronal tracing. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Jan 19;:1-14 [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: B.A. Metts, NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program)
  8. Yan B, Wang H, Peng Y, Hu Y, Wang H, Zhang X, Chen Q, Bedford JS, Dewhirst MW, Li CY. A unique role of the DNA fragmentation factor in maintaining genomic stability. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Jan 31;103(5):1504-9. Epub 2006 Jan 23. (HSR&T PI: C.Y. Li)
  9. Beckingham KM, Texada MJ, Baker DA, Munjaal R, Armstrong JD. Genetics of graviperception in animals. Adv Genet. 2005;55:105-45. (HSR&T PI: K.M. Beckingham, NSCORT in Gravitational Biology)
  10. Johanson K, Allen PL, Gonzalez-Villalobos RA, Baker CB, D'Elia R, Hammond TG. Gene expression and survival changes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae during suspension culture. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2006 Jan 26; [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: T.G. Hammond)
  11. Triplett JW, Herring BP, Pavalko FM. Adenoviral transgene expression enhanced by cotreatment with etoposide in cultured cells. Biotechniques. 2005 Dec;39(6):826, 828, 830, passim. (HSR&T PIs: J.W. Triplett, NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program; F.M. Pavalko)

Other papers of interest:

  1. Seo Y, Lee K, Park K, Bae K, Choi I. A proteomic assessment of muscle contractile alterations during unloading and reloading. J Biochem (Tokyo). 2006 Jan;139(1):71-80.
  2. Hanes DA. Perceptual centering effects in body orientation. Biol Cybern. 2006 Jan 13;:1-12 [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Shkel AM, Zeng FG. An electronic prosthesis mimicking the dynamic vestibular function. Audiol Neurootol. 2006;11(2):113-22. Epub 2006 Jan 17.
  4. Cohen HS. Disability and rehabilitation in the dizzy patient. Curr Opin Neurol. 2006 Feb;19(1):49-54. Note: The author briefly describes the use of virtual reality techniques at NASA JSC to train astronauts.
  5. Chee MW, Chuah LY, Venkatraman V, Chan WY, Philip P, Dinges DF. Functional imaging of working memory following normal sleep and after 24 and 35 h of sleep deprivation: Correlations of fronto-parietal activation with performance. Neuroimage. 2006 Jan 18; [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Thomas MJ, Petrilli RM. Crew familiarity: operational experience, non-technical performance, and error management. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2006 Jan;77(1):41-5.
  7. Smith YC, Grande KK, Rasmussen SB, O'Brien AD. Novel three-dimensional organoid model for evaluation of the interaction of uropathogenic Escherichia coli with terminally differentiated human urothelial cells. Infect Immun. 2006 Jan;74(1):750-7. Note: Used rotating wall vessel bioreactor.
  8. Infanger M, Kossmehl P, Shakibaei M, Bauer J, Kossmehl-Zorn S, Cogoli A, Curcio F, Oksche A, Wehland M, Kreutz R, Paul M, Grimm D. Simulated weightlessness changes the cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix proteins in papillary thyroid carcinoma cells. Cell Tissue Res. 2006 Jan 24;:1-11 [Epub ahead of print] Note: This paper can currently be obtained online without charge.
  9. De Micco V, Aronne G, De Pascale S. Effect of simulated microgravity on seedling development and vascular differentiation of soy. Acta Astronaut. 2006 Feb;58(3):139-48.
  10. Omori K, Oguchi M, Takeuchi T. Development of zooplankton culture subsystem for a closed ecological recirculating aquaculture system (CERAS). Acta Astronaut. 2006 Jan;58(2):82-7.
  11. Taraba M, Zwintz K, Bombardelli C, Lasue J, Rogler P, Ruelle V, Schlutz J, Schüßler M, O?Sullivan S, Sinzig B, Treffer M, Valavanoglou A, Van Quickelberghe M, Walpole M, Wessels L. Project M3?a study for a manned Mars mission in 2031. Acta Astronaut. 2006 Jan;58(2):88-104.
  12. Charlton BG. Medicine and the space odyssey. Med Hypotheses. 2006 Jan 16; [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Sivaprasad S, Saleh GM. Why is the moon white? Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;33(6):571-2. Note: This brief paper and three other papers in this issue speculate on why the moon appears white when its soil is actually dark gray or black. According to Silvaprasad and Saleh, this effect may have implications for space travellers, since visual perception in space may be different than it is on Earth. The four papers can be obtained online without charge by accessing the PDF of the paper cited above. The journal cover shows an astronaut on the moon.

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