NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List #831 11 January 2019 (Space Life Science Research Results)

Status Report From: Spaceline
Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019

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Papers deriving from NASA support:



Blachowicz A, Chiang AJ, Romsdahl J, Kalkum M, Wang CCC, Venkateswaran K.

Proteomic characterization of Aspergillus fumigatus isolated from air and surfaces of the International Space Station.

Fungal Genet Biol. 2019 Jan 3. [Epub ahead of print]

PI: K. Venkateswaran

Note: ISS results.

Journal Impact Factor: 3.476

Funding: "Part of the research described in this publication was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, under a contract with NASA. This research was funded by NASA’s Space Biology grants # NNN13D111T (19-12829-26) and NN13D111T (19-12829-27) to K.V. and funded a student fellowship to AB. The City of Hope Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics core facility used by AC and MK was supported in parts by National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30 CA33572."



Morrison MD, Fajardo-Cavazos P, Nicholson WL.

Comparison of Bacillus subtilis transcriptome profiles from two separate missions to the International Space Station.

npj Microgravity. 2019 Jan 7;5(1):1.

PI: W.L. Nicholson

Note: ISS results. This article may be obtained online without charge.

Journal Impact Factor: 2.00

Funding: "This work was supported by the NASA Research Opportunities in Space Biology grant NNX14AT38G to W.L.N. and P.F.-C."



Clément G, Reschke MF, Wood SJ.

Vibrotactile feedback improves manual control of tilt after spaceflight.

Front Physiol. 2018 Dec 19;9:1850.

PI: M.F. Reschke

Note: Space Shuttle results. This article may be obtained online without charge.

Journal Impact Factor: 4.134

Funding: "This research was funded by the Human Health and Countermeasure Element of NASA’s Human Research Program, the European Space Agency, and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales."



Polk JD.

The evolving interprofessional universe.

In: Milstead JA, Short NM, eds. Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse's Guide. 6th ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019. p. 152-60.

Note: The discussion focuses on the concept of interdisciplinary teams in the health care of NASA astronauts and others. Case studies examine health issues in retired astronauts that may be due to spaceflight and the interprofessional team that worked to free the trapped Chilean miners in 2010.

Journal Impact Factor: Not applicable to this publication

Funding: No funding cited. J.D. Polk is Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA HQ.




Other papers of interest:



Hanke W, Kohn FPM, Neef M, Hampp R.

Gravitational Biology II: Interaction of Gravity with Cellular Components and Cell Metabolism.

Chaum, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2018. 108 p. 

Note: From the Preface: "In Chap. 1 ("Interaction of gravity with cellular compounds"), the authors present evidence that during evolution obviously not only specific sensors for gravity sensing have developed, but that also cells and organisms without specific sensors for the direction of gravity are able to respond to an altered gravitational environment. . . .Chapter 2 ("Interaction of gravity with cell metabolism") provides detailed insights into the influence of gravity and the consequences of the absence of gravity on gene and protein expression as well as cell metabolism."



Wang J, Meng J, Ding G, Kang Y, Zhao W.

A novel microfluidic capture and monitoring method for assessing physiological damage of C. elegans under microgravity.

Electrophoresis. 2018 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Note: A single-axis, double-sided gyroscope was used.



Kim HW, Rhee MS.

Novel antibiotic testing approaches reveal reduced antibiotic efficacy against Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 under simulated microgravity.

Front Microbiol. 2018 Dec 21;9:3214.

Note: A rotary cell culture system was used. This article may be obtained online without charge.



Zhang C, Fei J, Zhang K, Quan H, Hao W, Li L, Wu D.

[Study on metabolic rate measurement and load grading of typical physical activities in simulated long-term manned space flight].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):409-13. Chinese.

Note: The method of microgravity simulation is not provided in the abstract.



Mahmassani ZS, Reidy PT, McKenzie AI, Stubben C, Howard MT, Drummond MJ.

Age-dependent skeletal muscle transcriptome response to bed rest-induced atrophy.

J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 Jan 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Note: Bed rest study.



Ueno H, Suemitsu S, Murakami S, Kitamura N, Wani K, Matsumoto Y, Okamoto M, Ishihara T.

Region-specific reduction of parvalbumin neurons and behavioral changes in adult mice following single exposure to cranial irradiation.

Int J Radiat Biol. 2019 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print]



Yi L, Jia R, Liu R, Chen T.

[Evaluation indicators for visually induced motion sickness in virtual reality environment].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):437-45. Chinese.



Shi Y, Jing X, Tong F, Hu Y, Sun H, Tian L, Wu B, Jiang Y.

[Research on adaptive process of crew's affect and cognition during 4-person 180-day CELSS integrated experiment].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):414-9. Chinese.



Liang Y, Wang W, Qu J.

[Review of mental workload researches in human-computer interaction domain].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):483-8. Chinese.



Tokuda A, Kitaya Y, Hirai H.

Development of a simple thermal method for measuring sap flow in plants for space experiments.

Biol Sci Space. 2018;32:17-21.

Note: This article may be obtained online without charge.



Yuan J, Chen Y, Li F, Li H, Sun Q, Lu J, Liu M.

[Effects of simulated microgravity on leaf anatomical structure and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters of Capsicum annuum growing under different iron sources].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):425-30. Chinese.

Note: The method of microgravity simulation is not provided in the abstract.



Chen Y, Tian Y, Du H, Ding L.

[The basic scientific problems of thermal control for the spacesuits].

Space Med Med Eng. 2018;31(4):476-82. Chinese.

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