TY - JOUR
AB - To determine the dynamics of allelic-specific expression during mouse development, we analyzed RNA-seq data from 23 F1 tissues from different developmental stages, including 19 female tissues allowing X chromosome inactivation (XCI) escapers to also be detected. We demonstrate that allelic expression arising from genetic or epigenetic differences is highly tissue-specific. We find that tissue-specific strain-biased gene expression may be regulated by tissue-specific enhancers or by post-transcriptional differences in stability between the alleles. We also find that escape from X-inactivation is tissue-specific, with leg muscle showing an unexpectedly high rate of XCI escapers. By surveying a range of tissues during development, and performing extensive validation, we are able to provide a high confidence list of mouse imprinted genes including 18 novel genes. This shows that cluster size varies dynamically during development and can be substantially larger than previously thought, with the Igf2r cluster extending over 10 Mb in placenta.
AU - Andergassen, Daniel
AU - Dotter, Christoph
AU - Wenzel, Dyniel
AU - Sigl, Verena
AU - Bammer, Philipp
AU - Muckenhuber, Markus
AU - Mayer, Daniela
AU - Kulinski, Tomasz
AU - Theussl, Hans
AU - Penninger, Josef
AU - Bock, Christoph
AU - Barlow, Denise
AU - Pauler, Florian
AU - Hudson, Quanah
ID - 713
JF - eLife
SN - 2050084X
TI - Mapping the mouse Allelome reveals tissue specific regulation of allelic expression
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background HIV-1 infection and drug abuse are frequently co-morbid and their association greatly increases the severity of HIV-1-induced neuropathology. While nucleus accumbens (NAcc) function is severely perturbed by drugs of abuse, little is known about how HIV-1 infection affects NAcc. Methods We used calcium and voltage imaging to investigate the effect of HIV-1 trans-activator of transcription (Tat) on rat NAcc. Based on previous neuronal studies, we hypothesized that Tat modulates intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis of NAcc neurons. Results We provide evidence that Tat triggers a Ca2+ signaling cascade in NAcc medium spiny neurons (MSN) expressing D1-like dopamine receptors leading to neuronal depolarization. Firstly, Tat induced inositol 1,4,5-trisphsophate (IP3) receptor-mediated Ca2+ release from endoplasmic reticulum, followed by Ca2+ and Na+ influx via transient receptor potential canonical channels. The influx of cations depolarizes the membrane promoting additional Ca2+ entry through voltage-gated P/Q-type Ca2+ channels and opening of tetrodotoxin-sensitive Na+ channels. By activating this mechanism, Tat elicits a feed-forward depolarization increasing the excitability of D1-phosphatidylinositol-linked NAcc MSN. We previously found that cocaine targets NAcc neurons directly (independent of the inhibition of dopamine transporter) only when IP3-generating mechanisms are concomitantly initiated. When tested here, cocaine produced a dose-dependent potentiation of the effect of Tat on cytosolic Ca2+. Conclusion We describe for the first time a HIV-1 Tat-triggered Ca2+ signaling in MSN of NAcc involving TRPC and depolarization and a potentiation of the effect of Tat by cocaine, which may be relevant for the reward axis in cocaine-abusing HIV-1-positive patients.
AU - Brailoiu, Gabriela
AU - Deliu, Elena
AU - Barr, Jeffrey
AU - Console Bram, Linda
AU - Ciuciu, Alexandra
AU - Abood, Mary
AU - Unterwald, Ellen
AU - Brǎiloiu, Eugen
ID - 714
JF - Drug and Alcohol Dependence
SN - 03768716
TI - HIV Tat excites D1 receptor-like expressing neurons from rat nucleus accumbens
VL - 178
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study controller synthesis problems for finite-state Markov decision processes, where the objective is to optimize the expected mean-payoff performance and stability (also known as variability in the literature). We argue that the basic notion of expressing the stability using the statistical variance of the mean payoff is sometimes insufficient, and propose an alternative definition. We show that a strategy ensuring both the expected mean payoff and the variance below given bounds requires randomization and memory, under both the above definitions. We then show that the problem of finding such a strategy can be expressed as a set of constraints.
AU - Brázdil, Tomáš
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Forejt, Vojtěch
AU - Kučera, Antonín
ID - 1294
JF - Journal of Computer and System Sciences
TI - Trading performance for stability in Markov decision processes
VL - 84
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) form a popular optimisation paradigm inspired by natural evolution. In recent years the field of evolutionary computation has developed a rigorous analytical theory to analyse the runtimes of EAs on many illustrative problems. Here we apply this theory to a simple model of natural evolution. In the Strong Selection Weak Mutation (SSWM) evolutionary regime the time between occurrences of new mutations is much longer than the time it takes for a mutated genotype to take over the population. In this situation, the population only contains copies of one genotype and evolution can be modelled as a stochastic process evolving one genotype by means of mutation and selection between the resident and the mutated genotype. The probability of accepting the mutated genotype then depends on the change in fitness. We study this process, SSWM, from an algorithmic perspective, quantifying its expected optimisation time for various parameters and investigating differences to a similar evolutionary algorithm, the well-known (1+1) EA. We show that SSWM can have a moderate advantage over the (1+1) EA at crossing fitness valleys and study an example where SSWM outperforms the (1+1) EA by taking advantage of information on the fitness gradient.
AU - Paixao, Tiago
AU - Pérez Heredia, Jorge
AU - Sudholt, Dirk
AU - Trubenova, Barbora
ID - 1336
IS - 2
JF - Algorithmica
SN - 01784617
TI - Towards a runtime comparison of natural and artificial evolution
VL - 78
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TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the local eigenvalue distribution of large self-adjoint N×N random matrices H=H∗ with centered independent entries. In contrast to previous works the matrix of variances sij=\mathbbmE|hij|2 is not assumed to be stochastic. Hence the density of states is not the Wigner semicircle law. Its possible shapes are described in the companion paper (Ajanki et al. in Quadratic Vector Equations on the Complex Upper Half Plane. arXiv:1506.05095). We show that as N grows, the resolvent, G(z)=(H−z)−1, converges to a diagonal matrix, diag(m(z)), where m(z)=(m1(z),…,mN(z)) solves the vector equation −1/mi(z)=z+∑jsijmj(z) that has been analyzed in Ajanki et al. (Quadratic Vector Equations on the Complex Upper Half Plane. arXiv:1506.05095). We prove a local law down to the smallest spectral resolution scale, and bulk universality for both real symmetric and complex hermitian symmetry classes.
AU - Ajanki, Oskari H
AU - Erdös, László
AU - Krüger, Torben H
ID - 1337
IS - 3-4
JF - Probability Theory and Related Fields
SN - 01788051
TI - Universality for general Wigner-type matrices
VL - 169
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present a computer-aided programming approach to concurrency. The approach allows programmers to program assuming a friendly, non-preemptive scheduler, and our synthesis procedure inserts synchronization to ensure that the final program works even with a preemptive scheduler. The correctness specification is implicit, inferred from the non-preemptive behavior. Let us consider sequences of calls that the program makes to an external interface. The specification requires that any such sequence produced under a preemptive scheduler should be included in the set of sequences produced under a non-preemptive scheduler. We guarantee that our synthesis does not introduce deadlocks and that the synchronization inserted is optimal w.r.t. a given objective function. The solution is based on a finitary abstraction, an algorithm for bounded language inclusion modulo an independence relation, and generation of a set of global constraints over synchronization placements. Each model of the global constraints set corresponds to a correctness-ensuring synchronization placement. The placement that is optimal w.r.t. the given objective function is chosen as the synchronization solution. We apply the approach to device-driver programming, where the driver threads call the software interface of the device and the API provided by the operating system. Our experiments demonstrate that our synthesis method is precise and efficient. The implicit specification helped us find one concurrency bug previously missed when model-checking using an explicit, user-provided specification. We implemented objective functions for coarse-grained and fine-grained locking and observed that different synchronization placements are produced for our experiments, favoring a minimal number of synchronization operations or maximum concurrency, respectively.
AU - Cerny, Pavol
AU - Clarke, Edmund
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Radhakrishna, Arjun
AU - Ryzhyk, Leonid
AU - Samanta, Roopsha
AU - Tarrach, Thorsten
ID - 1338
IS - 2-3
JF - Formal Methods in System Design
TI - From non-preemptive to preemptive scheduling using synchronization synthesis
VL - 50
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The behaviour of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) is typically analysed using simulation-based statistical testing-like methods. In this paper, we demonstrate that we can replace this approach by a formal verification-like method that gives higher assurance and scalability. We focus on Wagner’s weighted GRN model with varying weights, which is used in evolutionary biology. In the model, weight parameters represent the gene interaction strength that may change due to genetic mutations. For a property of interest, we synthesise the constraints over the parameter space that represent the set of GRNs satisfying the property. We experimentally show that our parameter synthesis procedure computes the mutational robustness of GRNs—an important problem of interest in evolutionary biology—more efficiently than the classical simulation method. We specify the property in linear temporal logic. We employ symbolic bounded model checking and SMT solving to compute the space of GRNs that satisfy the property, which amounts to synthesizing a set of linear constraints on the weights.
AU - Giacobbe, Mirco
AU - Guet, Calin C
AU - Gupta, Ashutosh
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Paixao, Tiago
AU - Petrov, Tatjana
ID - 1351
IS - 8
JF - Acta Informatica
SN - 00015903
TI - Model checking the evolution of gene regulatory networks
VL - 54
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - One of the major challenges in physically based modelling is making simulations efficient. Adaptive models provide an essential solution to these efficiency goals. These models are able to self-adapt in space and time, attempting to provide the best possible compromise between accuracy and speed. This survey reviews the adaptive solutions proposed so far in computer graphics. Models are classified according to the strategy they use for adaptation, from time-stepping and freezing techniques to geometric adaptivity in the form of structured grids, meshes and particles. Applications range from fluids, through deformable bodies, to articulated solids.
AU - Manteaux, Pierre
AU - Wojtan, Christopher J
AU - Narain, Rahul
AU - Redon, Stéphane
AU - Faure, François
AU - Cani, Marie
ID - 1367
IS - 6
JF - Computer Graphics Forum
SN - 01677055
TI - Adaptive physically based models in computer graphics
VL - 36
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the problem of computing the set of initial states of a dynamical system such that there exists a control strategy to ensure that the trajectories satisfy a temporal logic specification with probability 1 (almost-surely). We focus on discrete-time, stochastic linear dynamics and specifications given as formulas of the Generalized Reactivity(1) fragment of Linear Temporal Logic over linear predicates in the states of the system. We propose a solution based on iterative abstraction-refinement, and turn-based 2-player probabilistic games. While the theoretical guarantee of our algorithm after any finite number of iterations is only a partial solution, we show that if our algorithm terminates, then the result is the set of all satisfying initial states. Moreover, for any (partial) solution our algorithm synthesizes witness control strategies to ensure almost-sure satisfaction of the temporal logic specification. While the proposed algorithm guarantees progress and soundness in every iteration, it is computationally demanding. We offer an alternative, more efficient solution for the reachability properties that decomposes the problem into a series of smaller problems of the same type. All algorithms are demonstrated on an illustrative case study.
AU - Svoreňová, Mária
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
AU - Chmelik, Martin
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Cěrná, Ivana
AU - Belta, Cǎlin
ID - 1407
IS - 2
JF - Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems
TI - Temporal logic control for stochastic linear systems using abstraction refinement of probabilistic games
VL - 23
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Phat is an open-source C. ++ library for the computation of persistent homology by matrix reduction, targeted towards developers of software for topological data analysis. We aim for a simple generic design that decouples algorithms from data structures without sacrificing efficiency or user-friendliness. We provide numerous different reduction strategies as well as data types to store and manipulate the boundary matrix. We compare the different combinations through extensive experimental evaluation and identify optimization techniques that work well in practical situations. We also compare our software with various other publicly available libraries for persistent homology.
AU - Bauer, Ulrich
AU - Kerber, Michael
AU - Reininghaus, Jan
AU - Wagner, Hubert
ID - 1433
JF - Journal of Symbolic Computation
SN - 07477171
TI - Phat - Persistent homology algorithms toolbox
VL - 78
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider N×N Hermitian random matrices H consisting of blocks of size M≥N6/7. The matrix elements are i.i.d. within the blocks, close to a Gaussian in the four moment matching sense, but their distribution varies from block to block to form a block-band structure, with an essential band width M. We show that the entries of the Green’s function G(z)=(H−z)−1 satisfy the local semicircle law with spectral parameter z=E+iη down to the real axis for any η≫N−1, using a combination of the supersymmetry method inspired by Shcherbina (J Stat Phys 155(3): 466–499, 2014) and the Green’s function comparison strategy. Previous estimates were valid only for η≫M−1. The new estimate also implies that the eigenvectors in the middle of the spectrum are fully delocalized.
AU - Bao, Zhigang
AU - Erdös, László
ID - 1528
IS - 3-4
JF - Probability Theory and Related Fields
SN - 01788051
TI - Delocalization for a class of random block band matrices
VL - 167
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We study probabilistic models of natural images and extend the autoregressive family of PixelCNN models by incorporating latent variables. Subsequently, we describe two new generative image models that exploit different image transformations as latent variables: a quantized grayscale view of the image or a multi-resolution image pyramid. The proposed models tackle two known shortcomings of existing PixelCNN models: 1) their tendency to focus on low-level image details, while largely ignoring high-level image information, such as object shapes, and 2) their computationally costly procedure for image sampling. We experimentally demonstrate benefits of our LatentPixelCNN models, in particular showing that they produce much more realistically looking image samples than previous state-of-the-art probabilistic models.
AU - Kolesnikov, Alexander
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 1000
SN - 978-151085514-4
TI - PixelCNN models with auxiliary variables for natural image modeling
VL - 70
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a computational approach for designing CurveUps, curvy shells that form from an initially flat state. They consist of small rigid tiles that are tightly held together by two pre-stretched elastic sheets attached to them. Our method allows the realization of smooth, doubly curved surfaces that can be fabricated as a flat piece. Once released, the restoring forces of the pre-stretched sheets support the object to take shape in 3D. CurveUps are structurally stable in their target configuration. The design process starts with a target surface. Our method generates a tile layout in 2D and optimizes the distribution, shape, and attachment areas of the tiles to obtain a configuration that is fabricable and in which the curved up state closely matches the target. Our approach is based on an efficient approximate model and a local optimization strategy for an otherwise intractable nonlinear optimization problem. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for a wide range of shapes, all realized as physical prototypes.
AU - Guseinov, Ruslan
AU - Miguel, Eder
AU - Bickel, Bernd
ID - 1001
IS - 4
TI - CurveUps: Shaping objects from flat plates with tension-actuated curvature
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an interactive design system to create functional mechanical objects. Our computational approach allows novice users to retarget an existing mechanical template to a user-specified input shape. Our proposed representation for a mechanical template encodes a parameterized mechanism, mechanical constraints that ensure a physically valid configuration, spatial relationships of mechanical parts to the user-provided shape, and functional constraints that specify an intended functionality. We provide an intuitive interface and optimization-in-the-loop approach for finding a valid configuration of the mechanism and the shape to ensure that higher-level functional goals are met. Our algorithm interactively optimizes the mechanism while the user manipulates the placement of mechanical components and the shape. Our system allows users to efficiently explore various design choices and to synthesize customized mechanical objects that can be fabricated with rapid prototyping technologies. We demonstrate the efficacy of our approach by retargeting various mechanical templates to different shapes and fabricating the resulting functional mechanical objects.
AU - Zhang, Ran
AU - Auzinger, Thomas
AU - Ceylan, Duygu
AU - Li, Wilmot
AU - Bickel, Bernd
ID - 1002
IS - 4
SN - 07300301
TI - Functionality-aware retargeting of mechanisms to 3D shapes
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Network games (NGs) are played on directed graphs and are extensively used in network design and analysis. Search problems for NGs include finding special strategy profiles such as a Nash equilibrium and a globally optimal solution. The networks modeled by NGs may be huge. In formal verification, abstraction has proven to be an extremely effective technique for reasoning about systems with big and even infinite state spaces. We describe an abstraction-refinement methodology for reasoning about NGs. Our methodology is based on an abstraction function that maps the state space of an NG to a much smaller state space. We search for a global optimum and a Nash equilibrium by reasoning on an under- and an overapproximation defined on top of this smaller state space. When the approximations are too coarse to find such profiles, we refine the abstraction function. Our experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of the methodology.
AU - Avni, Guy
AU - Guha, Shibashis
AU - Kupferman, Orna
ID - 1003
SN - 10450823
TI - An abstraction-refinement methodology for reasoning about network games
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TY - JOUR
AB - The fundamental tasks of the root system are, besides anchoring, mediating interactions between plant and soil and providing the plant with water and nutrients. The architecture of the root system is controlled by endogenous mechanisms that constantly integrate environmental signals, such as availability of nutrients and water. Extremely important for efficient soil exploitation and survival under less favorable conditions is the developmental flexibility of the root system that is largely determined by its postembryonic branching capacity. Modulation of initiation and outgrowth of lateral roots provides roots with an exceptional plasticity, allows optimal adjustment to underground heterogeneity, and enables effective soil exploitation and use of resources. Here we discuss recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms that shape the plant root system and integrate external cues to adapt to the changing environment.
AU - Ötvös, Krisztina
AU - Benková, Eva
ID - 1004
JF - Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
SN - 0959437X
TI - Spatiotemporal mechanisms of root branching
VL - 45
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background: The phenomenon of immune priming, i.e. enhanced protection following a secondary exposure to a pathogen, has now been demonstrated in a wide range of invertebrate species. Despite accumulating phenotypic evidence, knowledge of its mechanistic underpinnings is currently very limited. Here we used the system of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum and the insect pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to further our molecular understanding of the oral immune priming phenomenon. We addressed how ingestion of bacterial cues (derived from spore supernatants) of an orally pathogenic and non-pathogenic Bt strain affects gene expression upon later challenge exposure, using a whole-transcriptome sequencing approach. Results: Whereas gene expression of individuals primed with the orally non-pathogenic strain showed minor changes to controls, we found that priming with the pathogenic strain induced regulation of a large set of distinct genes, many of which are known immune candidates. Intriguingly, the immune repertoire activated upon priming and subsequent challenge qualitatively differed from the one mounted upon infection with Bt without previous priming. Moreover, a large subset of priming-specific genes showed an inverse regulation compared to their regulation upon challenge only. Conclusions: Our data demonstrate that gene expression upon infection is strongly affected by previous immune priming. We hypothesise that this shift in gene expression indicates activation of a more targeted and efficient response towards a previously encountered pathogen, in anticipation of potential secondary encounter.
AU - Greenwood, Jenny
AU - Milutinovic, Barbara
AU - Peuß, Robert
AU - Behrens, Sarah
AU - Essar, Daniela
AU - Rosenstiel, Philip
AU - Schulenburg, Hinrich
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
ID - 1006
IS - 1
JF - BMC Genomics
SN - 14712164
TI - Oral immune priming with Bacillus thuringiensis induces a shift in the gene expression of Tribolium castaneum larvae
VL - 18
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A nonlinear system possesses an invariance with respect to a set of transformations if its output dynamics remain invariant when transforming the input, and adjusting the initial condition accordingly. Most research has focused on invariances with respect to time-independent pointwise transformations like translational-invariance (u(t) -> u(t) + p, p in R) or scale-invariance (u(t) -> pu(t), p in R>0). In this article, we introduce the concept of s0-invariances with respect to continuous input transformations exponentially growing/decaying over time. We show that s0-invariant systems not only encompass linear time-invariant (LTI) systems with transfer functions having an irreducible zero at s0 in R, but also that the input/output relationship of nonlinear s0-invariant systems possesses properties well known from their linear counterparts. Furthermore, we extend the concept of s0-invariances to second- and higher-order s0-invariances, corresponding to invariances with respect to transformations of the time-derivatives of the input, and encompassing LTI systems with zeros of multiplicity two or higher. Finally, we show that nth-order 0-invariant systems realize – under mild conditions – nth-order nonlinear differential operators: when excited by an input of a characteristic functional form, the system’s output converges to a constant value only depending on the nth (nonlinear) derivative of the input.
AU - Lang, Moritz
AU - Sontag, Eduardo
ID - 1007
JF - Automatica
SN - 00051098
TI - Zeros of nonlinear systems with input invariances
VL - 81C
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A standard objective in partially-observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) is to find a policy that maximizes the expected discounted-sum payoff. However, such policies may still permit unlikely but highly undesirable outcomes, which is problematic especially in safety-critical applications. Recently, there has been a surge of interest in POMDPs where the goal is to maximize the probability to ensure that the payoff is at least a given threshold, but these approaches do not consider any optimization beyond satisfying this threshold constraint. In this work we go beyond both the “expectation” and “threshold” approaches and consider a “guaranteed payoff optimization (GPO)” problem for POMDPs, where we are given a threshold t and the objective is to find a policy σ such that a) each possible outcome of σ yields a discounted-sum payoff of at least t, and b) the expected discounted-sum payoff of σ is optimal (or near-optimal) among all policies satisfying a). We present a practical approach to tackle the GPO problem and evaluate it on standard POMDP benchmarks.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Novotny, Petr
AU - Pérez, Guillermo
AU - Raskin, Jean
AU - Zikelic, Djordje
ID - 1009
T2 - Proceedings of the 31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
TI - Optimizing expectation with guarantees in POMDPs
VL - 5
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove a local law in the bulk of the spectrum for random Gram matrices XX∗, a generalization of sample covariance matrices, where X is a large matrix with independent, centered entries with arbitrary variances. The limiting eigenvalue density that generalizes the Marchenko-Pastur law is determined by solving a system of nonlinear equations. Our entrywise and averaged local laws are on the optimal scale with the optimal error bounds. They hold both in the square case (hard edge) and in the properly rectangular case (soft edge). In the latter case we also establish a macroscopic gap away from zero in the spectrum of XX∗.
AU - Alt, Johannes
AU - Erdös, László
AU - Krüger, Torben H
ID - 1010
JF - Electronic Journal of Probability
SN - 10836489
TI - Local law for random Gram matrices
VL - 22
ER -