Biological Sciences in Space
Online ISSN : 1349-967X
Print ISSN : 0914-9201
ISSN-L : 0914-9201
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  • Tatsuki Yamamoto, Mika Ikegame, Umi Kawago, Yoshiaki Tabuchi, Jun Hira ...
    2020 Volume 34 Pages 34-40
    Published: 2020
    Released: August 05, 2020

    We have previously reported that microgravity promotes the activation of osteoclasts in cultured regenerating scales. This osteoclastic activation was induced by increased levels of receptor activator of the nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL). Therefore, we determined that RANKL is an important factor in evaluating osteoclastogenesis in bone tissue. However, the role of RANKL in fish scales is poorly understood. In the present study, we prepared antiserum against goldfish RANKL in rabbits and detected RANKL-producing cells in regenerating goldfish scales. Furthermore, we studied osteoclastic activation by the addition of RANKL to examine exogenous RANKL on osteoclastogenesis in regenerating goldfish scales. As a result, RANKL immune-positive cells were detected in grooves of regenerating scales. In addition, treating the regenerating scales with mammalian RANKL for 3 h significantly increased the expression of the nuclear factor of activated T cells, cytoplasmic 1 (NFATc1), which is essential for osteoclast differentiation. After 6 h of incubation with RANKL, the expression of cathepsin K, a functional osteoclastic gene, significantly increased. Furthermore, the molecules for osteoclast multinucleation and differentiation significantly increased following treatment with mammalian RANKL. Therefore, in fish scales as well as mammalian bone, we concluded that RANKL plays an important role in osteoclastogenesis.

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  • Junichi Ueda
    2020 Volume 34 Pages 12-33
    Published: 2020
    Released: July 04, 2020

    The present paper is a comprehensive report on the Auxin Transport space experiment: the analysis of gravity response and attitude control mechanisms of plants under microgravity conditions in space on the International Space Station. The Auxin Transport space experiment was conducted in 2016 and 2017 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station (ISS), with the principal objective being integrated analyses of the growth and development of etiolated pea (Pisum sativum L. cv Alaska) and maize (Zea mays L. cv Golden Cross Bantam) seedlings under true microgravity conditions in space relative to polar auxin transport. To clarify auxin dynamics at molecular levels, gene expression of PsPIN1 and ZmPIN1a mRNA, and their products detected by immunohistochemistry were also investigated. In addition, the use of microarray data technology with Medicago ( Medicago truncatula ) microarrays to characterize global changes in the transcript abundance of etiolated Alaska pea seedlings grown under microgravity conditions in comparison with those under artificial 1 G conditions on the International Space Station was reported here. Comprehensive analyses of endogenous plant hormones in etiolated pea and maize seedlings grown under microgravity conditions in space as well as on 1 G conditions on Earth have already performed in the space experiment.

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  • Takashi Ohira, Fuminori Kawano, Yusaku Ozaki, Shunya Fukuda, Katsumasa ...
    2020 Volume 34 Pages 1-11
    Published: 2020
    Released: July 04, 2020

    It is well-reported that the morphological properties of skeletal muscles or muscle fibers, which are influenced by the level of protein synthesis and/or degradation, are regulated in response to mechanical load. However, the precise mechanism responsible for such phenomena is not fully understood yet. Changes of the distribution of satellite cells and/or myonuclei have been also noted in atrophied or hypertrophied skeletal muscle fibers, suggesting that the number and/or function of these parameters play essential roles in the regulation of morphological properties of muscle and muscle fibers. Thus, the roles of satellite cells and/or myonuclei in the regulation of morphological properties of anti-gravitational muscle, soleus and adductor longus, in response to the level of mechanical stress, with or without association of macrophage-related factors, were briefly reviewed. It was suggested that a regulatory network among macrophage, interleukin-6, heat shock transcription factor 1, and activation of transcription factor 3 may play a crucial role for the modulation of skeletal muscle mass and function, which are also influenced by activation of satellite cells and distribution of myonuclei.

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