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NASA Spaceline Current Awareness December 10, 2010

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010

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Perez-Nunez D, Braby LA. Replacement tissue-equivalent proportional counter for the International Space Station. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2010 Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Shuryak I, Sachs RK, Brenner DJ. A new view of radiation-induced cancer. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2010 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print] (PI: L. Hlatky/R.K. Sachs/NSCOR)

Asaithamby A, Chen DJ. Mechanism of cluster DNA damage repair in response to high-atomic number and energy particles radiation. Mutat Res. 2010 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print] (PI: D.J. Chen)

Zhu D, Vaishampayan PA, Venkateswaran K, Fox GE. STITCH: Algorithm to splice, trim, identify, track, and capture the uniqueness of 16S rRNAs sequence pairs using public or in-house database. Microb Ecol. 2010 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Lawal A, Jejelowo OA, Rosenzweig JA. The effects of low-shear mechanical stress on Yersinia pestis virulence. Astrobiology. 2010 Nov;10(9):881-8. Note: From abstract: "This study suggests that LSMMG can attenuate bacterial virulence contrary to previously published data that have demonstrated LSMMG-induced hypervirulence of other Gram-negative enterics." The authors discuss possible reasons for the different results, e.g., different virulence strategies and routes of infection of the tested microorganisms.

Texada MJ, Simonette RA, Deery WJ, Beckingham KM. Tropomyosin is an interaction partner of the Drosophila coiled coil protein Yuri gagarin. Exp Cell Res. 2010 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print] (PI: K.M. Beckingham) Note: Readers interested in the name of this protein/gene may be interested in PI Kate Beckingham's naming of other Drosophila genes she discovered while looking for gravity-related mutants. From her 2007 Task Book report: "Five of these genes are novel Drosophila genes and thus we were given the task of naming these genes. We chose the names of some of the best known space explorers of our age - yuri gagarin, alan shepard, john glenn, jim lovell, and neil armstrong." From earlier correspondence with her, she reported that her university had contacted the living astronauts; they received nice letters back from John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, who "were obviously tickled pink by the idea!"

Other papers of interest:

Yang CB, Zhang S, Zhang Y, Wang B, Yao YJ, Wang YC, Wu YH, Liang WB, Sun XQ. Combined short-arm centrifuge and aerobic exercise training improves cardiovascular function and physical working capacity in humans. Med Sci Monit. 2010 Nov 30;16(12):CR575-83.

Groothuis JT, Thijssen DH, Lenders JW, Deinum J, Hopman MT. Leg vasoconstriction during head-up tilt in patients with autonomic failure is not abolished. J Appl Physiol. 2010 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Figueroa A, Gil R, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA. Whole-body vibration attenuates the increase in leg arterial stiffness and aortic systolic blood pressure during post-exercise muscle ischemia. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Groothuis JT, Rongen GA, Geurts AC, Smits P, Hopman MT. Effect of different sympathetic stimuli-autonomic dysreflexia and head-up tilt-on leg vascular resistance in spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Dec;91(12):1930-5.

Thiagarajah PH, Finkielstein D, Granato JE. Sitcom syncope: A case series and literature review of gelastic (laughter-induced) syncope. Postgrad Med. 2010 Nov;122(6):137-44. Note: This article may be obtained online without charge.

Gheorghiade M, Albaghdadi M, Zannad F, Fonarow GC, Boehm M, Gimpelewicz C, Botha J, Moores S, Lewis EF, Rattunde H, Maggioni A; on behalf of the ASTRONAUT investigators and study coordinators. Rationale and design of the multicentre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Aliskiren Trial on Acute Heart Failure Outcomes (ASTRONAUT). Eur J Heart Fail. 2010 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print] Note: Poor choice of an acronym?

Miyagawa K, Kozai Y, Ito Y, Furuhama T, Naruse K, Nonaka K, Nagai Y, Yamato H, Kashima I, Ohya K, Aoki K, Mikuni-Takagaki Y. A novel underuse model shows that inactivity but not ovariectomy determines the deteriorated material properties and geometry of cortical bone in the tibia of adult rats. J Bone Miner Metab. 2010 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print] Note: The "underuse model" consists of a small cage with a sloped lowered ceiling that restricted movement of the rats; the rats could turn around from taking water or food but could not stand on their feet or walk.

Noda M, Nagao M, Hanyu R, Mizoguchi F, Notomi T, Hayata T, Nakamoto T, Ezura Y. [Control of bone remodeling by nervous system. Nervous system and bone] Clin Calcium. 2010;20(12):1801-5. Japanese. Note: This article and 10 other articles are part of an issue on the topic of control of bone remodeling by the nervous system. The citations can be viewed by entering the journal title abbreviation clin calcium [ta] in PubMed. Journal site.

Roosa SM, Liu Y, Turner CH. Alternative splicing in bone following mechanical loading. Bone. 2010 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Marques EA, Mota J, Machado L, Sousa F, Coelho M, Moreira P, Carvalho J. Multicomponent training program with weight-bearing exercises elicits favorable bone density, muscle strength, and balance adaptations in older women. Calcif Tissue Int. 2010 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Magne H, Savary-Auzeloux I, Vazeille E, Claustre A, Attaix D, Listrat A, Sante-Lhoutellier V, Gatellier P, Dardevet D, Combaret L. Lack of muscle recovery after immobilization in old rats does not result from a defect in normalization of the ubiquitin-proteasome and the caspase-dependent apoptotic pathways. J Physiol. 2010 Nov 29. [Epub ahead of print]

Nikjoo H, Uehara S, Emfietzoglou D, Pinsky L. A database of frequency distributions of energy depositions in small-size targets by electrons and ions. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2010 Nov 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Cherubini R, De Nadal V, Gerardi S, Guryev D. Lack of hyper-radiosensitivity and induced radioresistance and of bystander effect in V79 cells after proton irradiation of different energies. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2010 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Choi VW, Konishi T, Oikawa M, Iso H, Cheng SH, Yu KN. Adaptive response in zebrafish embryos induced using microbeam protons as priming dose and X-ray photons as challenging dose. J Radiat Res (Tokyo). 2010;51(6):657-64. Note: This article may be obtained online without charge.

De Micco V, Arena C, Pignalosa D, Durante M. Effects of sparsely and densely ionizing radiation on plants. Radiat Environ Biophys. 2010 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print] Note: This review article includes some space flight results.

Herron DG. The ups and downs of motion sickness. Am J Nurs. 2010 Dec;110(12):49-51. Note: This article, which describes clinical approaches to treating motion sickness, may be obtained online without charge.

Patel M, Fransson PA, Johansson R, Magnusson M. Foam posturography: Standing on foam is not equivalent to standing with decreased rapidly adapting mechanoreceptive sensation. Exp Brain Res. 2010 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Mullington JM, Simpson NS, Meier-Ewert HK, Haack M. Sleep loss and inflammation. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Oct;24(5):775-84.

Chen D, Norris D, Ventikos Y. Ciliary behaviour and mechano-transduction in the embryonic node: Computational testing of hypotheses. Med Eng Phys. 2010 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Balleza D. Toward understanding protocell mechanosensation. Orig Life Evol Biosph. 2010 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Roberts AM. The mechanics of gravitaxis in Paramecium. J Exp Biol. 2010 Dec 15;213(Pt 24):4158-62.




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