Calcifying nanoparticles (nanobacteria): an additional potential factor for urolithiasis in space flight crews.

@article{Jones2009CalcifyingN,
  title={Calcifying nanoparticles (nanobacteria): an additional potential factor for urolithiasis in space flight crews.},
  author={Jeffrey A. Jones and Neva Çiftçioğlu and Josef F Schmid and Yael R. Barr and Donald Griffith},
  journal={Urology},
  year={2009},
  volume={73 1},
  pages={210.e11-3}
}
Spaceflight-induced microgravity appears to be a risk factor for the development of urinary calculi, resulting in urolithiasis during and after spaceflight. Calcifying nanoparticles, or nanobacteria, multiply more rapidly in simulated microgravity and create external shells of calcium phosphate. The question arises whether calcifying nanoparticles are nidi for calculi and contribute to the development of clinically significant urolithiasis in those who are predisposed to the development of… CONTINUE READING

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