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Spaceflight and simulated microgravity conditions increase virulence of Serratia marcescens in the Drosophila melanogaster infection model

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

While it has been shown that astronauts suffer immune disorders after spaceflight the underlying causes are still poorly understood and there are many variables to consider when investigating the immune system in a complex environment. Additionally there is growing evidence that suggests that not only is the immune system being altered but the pathogens that infect the host are significantly influenced by spaceflight and ground-based spaceflight conditions. In this study we demonstrate that Serratia marcescens (strain Db11) was significantly more lethal to Drosophila melanogaster after growth on the International Space Station than ground-based controls but that the host immune system is not significantly altered amongst known immune genes. High-throughput sequencing of wild-type (w1118) adult hosts infected with either space or ground-reared S. marcescens revealed few changes in gene expression with 11 genes significantly differentially expressed (q-values <0.05) and only one gene related to the immune system. This data supports the main findings of the paper which state that both spaceflight and low-shear modeled microgravity conditions increase the virulence of this pathogen independent of the host immune system. This data which shows that there are no significant immune-related changes to the host when infected with space-grown sample compared to ground-grown sample provides further evidence that there are likely phenotypic changes to the pathogen itself that is causing increased virulence in spaceflight and in low-shear modeled microgravity. RNA was extracted in triplicate from 2 pooled adult (2-3 day old female) Drosophila melanogaster (w1118) per treatment with 4 total treatment groups (no injection control sham injection with PBS ground bacteria-injected and space bacteria-injected) with poly(A)+ RNA libraries. Samples were multiplexed and sequenced 100bp paired-end ready were sequenced on one lane of the Illumina HiSeq-4000.

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Metadata Created Date January 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Data Update Frequency irregular

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date January 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Publisher National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Identifier nasa_genelab_GLDS-278_fub4-3whj
Data First Published 2021-05-21
Data Last Modified 2023-01-26
Category Earth Science
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency irregular
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