December 19, 2003 Current Awareness

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Note (#1)

Analyses from eight astronauts before, during, and after three shuttle missions.

Mehta SK, Cohrs RJ, Forghani B, Zerbe G, Gilden DH, Pierson DL.
Stress-induced subclinical reactivation of varicella zoster virus in
J Med Virol. 2004 Jan;72(1):174-9.
(PI: D.L. Pierson/Biomedical Research and Countermeasures)

Wan XS, Zhou Z, Kennedy AR.
Adaptation of the dichlorofluorescein assay for detection of radiation-induced
oxidative stress in cultured cells.
Radiat Res. 2003 Dec;160(6):622-30.
(PI: A.R. Kennedy/Biomedical Research and Countermeasures)

Saucerman JJ, Brunton LL, Michailova AP, McCulloch AD.
Modeling beta-adrenergic control of cardiac myocyte contractility in silico.
J Biol Chem. 2003 Nov 28;278(48):47997-8003. Epub 2003 Sep 12.
(PI: A.D. McCulloch/Biomedical Research and Countermeasures)

Min T, Kasahara H, Bedgar DL, Youn B, Lawrence PK, Gang DR, Halls SC, Park
H, Hilsenbeck JL, Davin LB, Lewis NG, Kang C.

Crystal structures of pinoresinol-lariciresinol and phenylcoumaran benzylic
ether reductases and their relationship to isoflavone reductases.
J Biol Chem. 2003 Dec 12;278(50):50714-23. Epub 2003 Sep 16.
(PI: N.G. Lewis/Fundamental Space Biology)

Walling HW, Raggatt LJ, Irvine DW, Barmina OY, Toledano JE, Goldring MB,
Hruska KA, Adkisson HD, Burdge RE, Gatt CJ, Harwood DA, Partridge NC.

Impairment of the collagenase-3 endocytotic receptor system in cells from
patients with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2003 Dec;11(12):854-63.
(PI: H.W. Walling: Graduate Student Researchers Program/Fundamental Space Biology)

Hinman VF, Nguyen AT, Cameron RA, Davidson EH.
Developmental gene regulatory network architecture across 500 million years of
echinoderm evolution.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2003 Nov 11;100(23):13356-61. Epub 2003 Oct 31.
(PI: E.H. Davidson/Fundamental Space Biology)

Hinman VF, Nguyen AT, Davidson EH.
Expression and function of a starfish Otx ortholog, AmOtx: a conserved role for
Otx proteins in endoderm development that predates divergence of the
Mech Dev. 2003 Oct;120(10):1165-76.
(PI: E.H. Davidson/Fundamental Space Biology)

Xomeritakis G, Braunbarth CM, Smarsly B, Liu N, K?hn R, Klipowicz Z,
Brinker CJ.
Aerosol-assisted deposition of surfactant-templated mesoporous silica
membranes on porous ceramic supports.
Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 2003 Nov 18;66(1):99-101.
(PI: C.J. Brinker/Advanced Human Support Technologies)

Dansby MY, Bovell-Benjamin AC.
Physical properties and sixth graders' acceptance of an extruded ready-to-eat
sweetpotato breakfast cereal.
J Food Sci. 2003 Sep;68(8):2607-12.
(PI: A.C. Bovell-Benjamin/Advanced Human Support Technologies)

Cang HX, Wang YP, Zhou JX, Bi RC.
The space experiment of protein crystallization aboard the Chinese spacecraft
Microgravity Sci Technol. 2003;14(3):13-6.

Richter PR, Schuster M, Lebert M, Hader DP.
Gravitactic signal transduction elements in Astasia longa investigated during
parabolic flights.
Microgravity Sci Technol. 2003;14(3):17-24.

Aoyagi M, Kimura M, Yagi T.
The effect of gravity on the stability of human eye orientation.
Auris Nasus Larynx. 2003 Dec;30(4):363-7.

Horowitz YS, Satinger D, Fuks E, Oster L, Podpalov L.
On the use of LiF:Mg,Ti thermoluminescence dosemeters in space--a critical
Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2003;106(1):7-24. Review.

Sato T, Tsuda S, Sakamoto Y, Yamaguchi Y, Niita K.
Conversion coefficients from fluence to effective dose for heavy ions with
energies up to 3 GeV/A.
Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2003;106(2):137-44.


Christmas Sunset

from: Science @ NASA

The presents are opened, the stockings askew.
Two pounds of turkey are inside of you.

Your eyelids are drooping. The sun's going down.
Christmas is over. But wait... what's that sound?

The neighbors. They're shouting, "Look to the west!"
Outside you dash, along with the rest.

The sky is as pink as Santa Claus' nose.
And right in the middle--two UFOs!

Could it be an invasion? Some creatures from space?
Now you're awake. Your heart starts to race.

Run back to the house. Pick up the phone.
9-1-1, 9-1-1! "They're coming," you moan.

The voice on the line says, "Sir, just relax."
"There's nothing to fear. Let me give you the facts."

"Those spaceships you see aren't spaceships, no, no."
"Astronomers say it's a harmless light show."

"One's a planet called Venus, as bright as can be."
"The other's the moon. Now do you see?"

So go tell your neighbors: everything is alright."
"Merry Christmas to all. And to all a good night."

The full story can be found here
Sato T, Tsuda S, Sakamoto Y, Yamaguchi Y, Niita K.
Analysis of dose-LET distribution in the human body irradiated by high energy hadrons.
Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2003;106(2):145-53.

Takanami T, Zhang Y, Aoki H, Abe T, Yoshida S, Takahashi H, Horiuchi S, Higashitani A.
Efficient repair of DNA damage induced by heavy ion particles in meiotic prophase I nuclei of Caenorhabditis elegans.
J Radiat Res (Tokyo). 2003;44(3):271-6.

Lipina TV, Shornikova MV, Chentsov YS.
Morphometric analysis of cardiomyocytes of the rat heart left ventricle under simulated weightlessness.
Dokl Biol Sci. 2003 Sep-Oct;392:464-6.

England LS, Gorzelak M, Trevors JT.
Growth and membrane polarization in Pseudomonas aeruginosa UG2 grown in randomized microgravity in a high aspect ratio vessel.
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2003 Dec 5;1624(1-3):76-80.

Dutt K, Harris-Hooker S, Ellerson D, Layne D, Kumar R, Hunt R.
Generation of 3D retina-like structures from a human retinal cell line in a NASA bioreactor.
Cell Transplant. 2003;12(7):717-31.

Dutt K, Sanford G, Harris-Hooker S, Brako L, Kumar R, Sroufe A, Melhado C.
Three-dimensional model of angiogenesis: coculture of human retinal cells with bovine aortic endothelial cells in the NASA bioreactor.
Tissue Eng. 2003 Oct;9(5):893-908.

Note (#21)

The two mutants and a combined double mutant display the normal gravitropic response in roots.
Chhun T, Taketa S, Tsurumi S, Ichii M.
Interaction between two auxin-resistant mutants and their effects on lateral
root formation in rice (Oryza sativa L.).
J Exp Bot. 2003 Dec;54(393):2701-8.

Kramer S, Piotrowski M, Kuhnemann F, Edelmann HG.
Physiological and biochemical characterization of ethylene-generated
gravicompetence in primary shoots of coleoptile-less gravi-incompetent rye
J Exp Bot. 2003 Dec;54(393):2723-32.

Donahue SW, Vaughan MR, Demers LM, Donahue HJ.
Bone formation is not impaired by hibernation (disuse) in black bears Ursus
J Exp Biol. 2003 Dec 1;206(Pt 23):4233-9.

Tami AE, Nasser P, Schaffler MB, Knothe Tate ML.
Noninvasive fatigue fracture model of the rat ulna.
J Orthop Res. 2003 Nov;21(6):1018-24.

Note (#25)

Used model of bone loss produced by hindlimb unloading.

Martin-Badosa E, Elmoutaouakkil A, Nuzzo S, Amblard D, Vico L, Peyrin F.
A method for the automatic characterization of bone architecture in 3D mice microtomographic images.
Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2003 Nov-Dec;27(6):447-58.

Wang J, Chen H, Seth A, McCulloch CA.
Mechanical force regulation of myofibroblast differentiation in cardiac
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2003 Nov;285(5):H1871-81. Epub 2003 Jul 03.

Cui J, Zhang R, Wilson TE, Witkowski S, Crandall CG, Levine BD.
Nitric oxide synthase inhibition does not affect regulation of muscle
sympathetic nerve activity during head-up tilt.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2003 Nov;285(5):H2105-10. Epub 2003 Jul 03.

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