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NASA Spaceline 3 November 2006 Current Space Life Science Awareness

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, November 17, 2006

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  1. Paul A-L, Ferl RJ. The biology of low atmospheric pressure ? implications for exploration mission design and advanced life support. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):3-17. (HSR&T PI: R.J. Ferl) Note: This issue of Gravitational and Space Biology includes 11 full papers, 8 of which are listed here, plus 20 two-page papers that are not listed here. These papers derive from the 21st annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology, November 2005, Reno, NV. Full text of these papers can be obtained online at no charge at the ASGSB web site.
  2. Massa GD, Emmerich JC, Morrow RC, Bourget CM, Mitchell CA. Plant-growth lighting for space life support: A review. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):19-29. (HSR&T PI: C.A. Mitchell)
  3. Matin A, Lynch SV, Benoit MR. Increased bacterial resistance and virulence in simulated microgravity and its molecular basis. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):31-41. (HSR&T PI: A. Matin)
  4. Sonnenfeld G. Exploration class missions and return: Effects on the immune system. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):45-7. (HSR&T PI: G. Sonnenfeld)
  5. Stein TP. Nutrition, metabolism and the critical paths: A critical review. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):49-52. (HSR&T PI: T.P. Stein)
  6. Hargens AR, Macias BR, Echon CM, Brzezinski E, Hawkins A, Hawkins K, Meyer RS. Testing exercise countermeasures during 30 days of simulated microgravity: Lessons learned from studies of identical twins. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):53-63. (HSR&T PI: A.R. Hargens)
  7. Wade CE. Translational medicine: From ground-based studies of traumatic injuries to astronaut health and Earth benefits. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):65-75.
  8. Todd P. Planetary biology and terraforming. Gravit Space Biol. 2005 Aug;19(2):79-84.
  9. Hatfield TR, Klaus DM, Simske SJ. Ultrasonic 360 degrees cross section scanning methodology for monitoring bone and muscle areas during space flight. Microgravity Sci Technol. 2006;18(1):15-21. (HSR&T PI: T.R. Hatfield, NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program)
  10. Richards JT, Mulavara AP, Bloomberg JJ. The interplay between strategic and adaptive control mechanisms in plastic recalibration of locomotor function. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Oct 24; [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: J.J. Bloomberg)
  11. Wooltorton JR, Gaboyard S, Hurley KM, Price SD, Garcia JL, Zhong M, Lysakowski A, Eatock RA. Developmental changes in two voltage-dependent sodium currents in utricular hair cells. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Oct 25; [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: S. Gaboyard, NSBRI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program)
  12. Rabin BM, Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA, Carrihill-Knoll KL, Carey AN, Cheng V. Relative effectiveness of different particles and energies in disrupting behavioral performance. Radiat Environ Biophys. 2006 Oct 13; [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: B.M. Rabin)
  13. Ganta RR, Cheng C, Miller EC, McGuire BL, Peddireddi L, Sirigireddy KR, Chapes SK. Differential clearance and immune responses to tick cell vs. macrophage culture-derived Ehrlichia chaffeensis in mice. Infect Immun. 2006 Oct 23; [Epub ahead of print] (HSR&T PI: S.K. Chapes)
  14. Dietrich F, Lelkes PI. Fine-tuning of a three-dimensional microcarrier-based angiogenesis assay for the analysis of endothelial-mesenchymal cell co-cultures in fibrin and collagen gels. Angiogenesis. 2006;9(3):111-25. Epub 2006 Oct 19. (HSR&T PI: P.I. Lelkes)
  15. Syed Z, Ishida Y, Taylor K, Kimbrell DA, Leal WS. Pheromone reception in fruit flies expressing a moth's odorant receptor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Oct 31;103(44):16538-43. Epub 2006 Oct 23. (HSR&T PI: D.A. Kimbrell) Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge.

Other papers of interest:

  1. Oguro A, Sakurai T, Fujita Y, Lee S, Kubota H, Nagata K, Atomi Y. The molecular chaperone HSP47 rapidly senses gravitational changes in myoblasts. Genes Cells. 2006 Nov;11(11):1253-65. Note: This research was suggested, in part, by earlier results obtained from Neurolab. The Hsp47 gene showed a 60-fold decrease in expression following the Neurolab flight, according to the authors.
  2. Mulder ER, Stegeman DF, Gerrits KH, Paalman MI, Rittweger J, Felsenberg D, de Haan A. Strength, size and activation of knee extensors followed during 8 weeks of horizontal bed rest and the influence of a countermeasure. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2006 Aug;97(6):706-15. Epub 2006 Jun 20.
  3. Rittweger J, Belavy D, Hunek P, Gast U, Boerst H, Feilcke B, Armbrecht G, Mulder E, Schubert H, Richardson C, de Haan A, Stegeman DF, Schiessl H, Felsenberg D. Highly demanding resistive vibration exercise program is tolerated during 56 days of strict bed-rest. Int J Sports Med. 2006 Jul;27(7):553-9.
  4. Canu MH, Stevens L, Falempin M. Effect of hindlimb suspension on activation and MHC content of triceps brachii and on the representation of forepaw on the sensorimotor cortex. Exp Neurol. 2006 Oct 18; [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Perrien DS, Akel NS, Dupont-Versteegden EE, Skinner RA, Siegel ER, Suva LJ, Gaddy D. Aging alters the skeletal response to disuse in the rat. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2006 Oct 26; [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Seynnes OR, de Boer M, Narici MV. Early skeletal muscle hypertrophy and architectural changes in response to high-intensity resistance training. J Appl Physiol. 2006 Oct 19; [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Walsh NP, Whitham M. Exercising in environmental extremes: A greater threat to immune function? Sports Med. 2006;36(11):941-76. Note: This review has short sections on immune function and the conditions of space flight and Antarctic expeditions.
  8. Hafstrom A, Fransson PA, Karlberg M, Magnusson M. Subjective visual tilt and lateral instability after vestibular deafferentation. Acta Otolaryngol. 2006 Dec;126(11):1176-81.
  9. Pashchenko PS, Zhukov AA. Structural transformations in sympathetic ganglia and the thoracic part of the vagus nerve in conditions of gravitational overloading. Neurosci Behav Physiol. 2006 Nov;36(9):997-1002. Note: English translation of paper published in Russian in Morfologiia.
  10. Baevskii RM. [Estimation and prediction of functional changes in organisms in space flight] Usp Fiziol Nauk. 2006 Jul-Sep;37(3):42-57. Review. Russian.
  11. Kim GJ, Chandrasekaran K, Morgan WF. Mitochondrial dysfunction, persistently elevated levels of reactive oxygen species and radiation-induced genomic instability: A review. Mutagenesis. 2006 Nov;21(6):361-7. Epub 2006 Oct 25.
  12. Kuller R, Ballal S, Laike T, Mikellides B, Tonello G. The impact of light and colour on psychological mood: A cross-cultural study of indoor work environments. Ergonomics. 2006 Nov;49(14):1496-507.
  13. Cao YJ, Fan XJ, Shen Z, Ma BH, Duan EK. Nitric oxide affects preimplantation embryonic development in a rotating wall vessel bioreactor simulating microgravity. Cell Biol Int. 2006 Sep 10; [Epub ahead of print] Note: The bioreactor used in these experiments was made in China.
  14. Editors: L.J. Mix, J.C. Armstrong, A.M. Mandell, A.C. Mosier, J. Raymond, S.N. Raymond, F.J. Stewart, K. von Braun, and O. Zhaxybayeva. The Astrobiology Primer: An outline of general knowledge-Version 1, 2006. Astrobiology. 2006 Oct;6(5):735-813. Note: This paper includes a section on space biology. It can be obtained online without charge.

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