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NASA Spaceline 16 May 2008 Current Space Life Science Awareness

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008

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  1. Summers SM, Nguyen SV, Purdy RE. Hindlimb unweighting induces changes in the RhoA-Rho-kinase pathway of the rat abdominal aorta. Vascul Pharmacol. 2008 Apr 7. [Epub ahead of print] (PI: R.E. Purdy)
  2. Lloyd SA, Yuan YY, Kostenuik PJ, Ominsky MS, Lau AG, Morony S, Stolina M, Asuncion FJ, Bateman TA. Soluble RANKL induces high bone turnover and decreases bone volume, density, and strength in mice. Calcif Tissue Int. 2008 May 9. [Epub ahead of print] (PI: T.A. Bateman)
  3. Ozcivici E, Ferreri S, Qin YX, Judex S. Determination of bone's mechanical matrix properties by nanoindentation. Methods Mol Biol. 2008;455:323-34. (PIs: Y.X. Qin, S. Judex)
  4. Hall EJ, Brenner DJ. Cancer risks from diagnostic radiology. Br J Radiol. 2008 May;81(965):362-78. (PI: E.J. Hall)
  5. Miller MS, Keller TS. Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) locomotion during a sounding rocket flight. Acta Astronaut. 2008 May-Jun;62(10-11):605-16. (PI: M.S. Miller, NASA Graduate Student Researcher Program) Note: Sounding rocket flight.
  6. Moore SK, Kleis SJ. Characterization of a novel miniature cell culture device. Acta Astronaut. 2008 May-Jun;62(10-11):632-8.

Other papers of interest:

  1. Zhao X, Jones SM, Thoreson WB, Lundberg YW. Osteopontin is not critical for otoconia formation or balance function. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2008 May 6. [Epub ahead of print] Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge.
  2. Malaval L, Wade-Guéye NM, Boudiffa M, Fei J, Zirngibl R, Chen F, Laroche N, Roux JP, Burt-Pichat B, Duboeuf F, Boivin G, Jurdic P, Lafage-Proust MH, Amédée J, Vico L, Rossant J, Aubin JE. Bone sialoprotein plays a functional role in bone formation and osteoclastogenesis. J Exp Med. 2008 May 12;205(5):1145-53. Epub 2008 May 5.
  3. Leigh DR, Abreu EL, Derwin KA. Changes in gene expression of individual matrix metalloproteinases differ in response to mechanical unloading of tendon fascicles in explant culture. J Orthop Res. 2008 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. O'Leary MF, Hood DA. The effect of prior chronic contractile activity on mitochondrial function and apoptotic protein expression in denervated muscle. J Appl Physiol. 2008 May 1. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. McAllister RM, Newcomer SC, Laughlin MH. Vascular nitric oxide: Effects of exercise training in animals. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2008 Feb;33(1):173-8. Note: This paper may be able to be obtained without charge.
  6. Newcomer SC, Sauder CL, Kuipers NT, Laughlin MH, Ray CA. Effects of posture on shear rates in human brachial and superficial femoral arteries. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Apr;294(4):H1833-9. Epub 2008 Feb 1.
  7. Fisher JP, Ogoh S, Young CN, Raven PB, Fadel PJ. Regulation of middle cerebral artery blood velocity during dynamic exercise in humans: Influence of aging. J Appl Physiol. 2008 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  8. Chang W, Lin Z, Kulessa H, Hebert J, Hogan BL, Wu DK. Bmp4 is essential for the formation of the vestibular apparatus that detects angular head movements. PLoS Genet. 2008 Apr 11;4(4):e1000050. Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge.
  9. Bernstein JG, Han X, Henninger MA, Ko EY, Qian X, Franzesi GT, McConnell JP, Stern P, Desimone R, Boyden ES. Prosthetic systems for therapeutic optical activation and silencing of genetically-targeted neurons. Proc Soc Photo Opt Instrum Eng. 2008;6854:68540H. Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge via PubMed Central.
  10. Li Z, Zhang X, Zheng J, Huang M. Pica behavior induced by body rotation in mice. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2008;70(3):162-7. Epub 2008 Apr 8.
  11. Owens DK, Alerding AB, Crosby KC, Bandara AB, Westwood JH, Winkel BS. Functional analysis of a predicted flavonol synthase gene family in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 2008 May 8. [Epub ahead of print] Note: This paper can be obtained online without charge.
  12. Launius RD. Space stations for the United States: An idea whose time has come—and gone? Acta Astronaut. 2008 May-Jun;62(10-11):539-55. Note: From paper's conclusion: "In many respects, space exploration represents what the 1960s popular culture television phenomenon of 'Star Trek' dubbed it, the 'final frontier.' The goal of a permanent presence in space could be and is routinely considered by advocates of exploration as major steps in opening that 'final frontier' but is a more apt characterization at this point 'space: the failed frontier?' Has the time for the space station both come and gone within a few short years or is it still critical to the human future in space?"
  13. Tsiamis CB. Fluid and electrolyte alterations during prolonged hypokinesia. Acta Astronaut. 2008 May-Jun;62(10-11):617-22.
  14. Sim L, Cummings ML, Smith CA. Past, present and future implications of human supervisory control in space missions. Acta Astronaut. 2008 May-Jun;62(10-11):648-55.

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