@phdthesis{323,
abstract = {In the here presented thesis, we explore the role of branched actin networks in cell migration and antigen presentation, the two most relevant processes in dendritic cell biology. Branched actin networks construct lamellipodial protrusions at the leading edge of migrating cells. These are typically seen as adhesive structures, which mediate force transduction to the extracellular matrix that leads to forward locomotion. We ablated Arp2/3 nucleation promoting factor WAVE in DCs and found that the resulting cells lack lamellipodial protrusions. Instead, depending on the maturation state, one or multiple filopodia were formed. By challenging these cells in a variety of migration assays we found that lamellipodial protrusions are dispensable for the locomotion of leukocytes and actually dampen the speed of migration. However, lamellipodia are critically required to negotiate complex environments that DCs experience while they travel to the next draining lymph node. Taken together our results suggest that leukocyte lamellipodia have rather a sensory- than a force transducing function. Furthermore, we show for the first time structure and dynamics of dendritic cell F-actin at the immunological synapse with naïve T cells. Dendritic cell F-actin appears as dynamic foci that are nucleated by the Arp2/3 complex. WAVE ablated dendritic cells show increased membrane tension, leading to an altered ultrastructure of the immunological synapse and severe T cell priming defects. These results point towards a previously unappreciated role of the cellular mechanics of dendritic cells in T cell activation. Additionally, we present a novel cell culture based system for the differentiation of dendritic cells from conditionally immortalized hematopoietic precursors. These precursor cells are genetically tractable via the CRISPR/Cas9 system while they retain their ability to differentiate into highly migratory dendritic cells and other immune cells. This will foster the study of all aspects of dendritic cell biology and beyond. },
author = {Leithner, Alexander F},
pages = {99},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Branched actin networks in dendritic cell biology}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:th_998},
year = {2018},
}
@phdthesis{278,
abstract = {Consortial subscription contracts regulate the digital access to publications between publishers and scientific libraries. However, since a couple of years the tendency towards a freely accessible publishing (Open Access) intensifies. As a consequence of this trend the contractual relationship between licensor and licensee is gradually changing as well: More and more contracts exercise influence on open access publishing. The present study attempts to compare Austrian examples of consortial licence contracts, which include components of open access. It describes the difference between pure subscription contracts and differing innovative deals including open access components. Thereby it becomes obvious that for the evaluation of this licence contracts new methods are needed. An essential new element of such analyses is the evaluation of the open access publication numbers. So this study tries to carry out such publication analyses for Austrian open access deals focusing on quantitative questions: How does the number of publications evolve? How does the open access share change? Publications reports of the publishers and database queries from Scopus form the data basis. The analysis of the data points out that differing approaches of contracts result in highly divergent results: Particular deals can prioritize a saving in costs or else the increase of the open access rate. It is to be assumed that within the following years further numerous open access deals will be negotiated. The finding of this study shall provide guidance.},
author = {Villányi, Márton},
pages = {94},
publisher = {Universität Wien},
title = {{Lizenzverträge mit Open-Access-Komponenten an österreichischen Bibliotheken}},
year = {2018},
}
@phdthesis{69,
abstract = {A qubit, a unit of quantum information, is essentially any quantum mechanical two-level system which can be coherently controlled. Still, to be used for computation, it has to fulfill criteria. Qubits, regardless of the system in which they are realized, suffer from decoherence. This leads to loss of the information stored in the qubit. The upper bound of the time scale on which decoherence happens is set by the spin relaxation time. In this thesis I studied a two-level system consisting of a Zeeman-split hole spin confined in a quantum dot formed in a Ge hut wire. Such Ge hut wires have emerged as a promising material system for the realization of spin qubits, due to the combination of two significant properties: long spin coherence time as expected for group IV semiconductors due to the low hyperfine interaction and a strong valence band spin-orbit coupling. Here, I present how to fabricate quantum dot devices suitable for electrical transport measurements. Coupled quantum dot devices allowed the realization of a charge sensor, which is electrostatically and tunnel coupled to a quantum dot. By integrating the charge sensor into a radio-frequency reflectometry setup, I performed for the first time single-shot readout measurements of hole spins and extracted the hole spin relaxation times in Ge hut wires.},
author = {Vukušić, Lada},
pages = {103},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Charge sensing and spin relaxation times of holes in Ge hut wires}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:TH_1047},
year = {2018},
}
@phdthesis{26,
abstract = {Expression of genes is a fundamental molecular phenotype that is subject to evolution by different types of mutations. Both the rate and the effect of mutations may depend on the DNA sequence context of a particular gene or a particular promoter sequence. In this thesis I investigate the nature of this dependence using simple genetic systems in Escherichia coli. With these systems I explore the evolution of constitutive gene expression from random starting sequences at different loci on the chromosome and at different locations in sequence space. First, I dissect chromosomal neighborhood effects that underlie locus-dependent differences in the potential of a gene under selection to become more highly expressed. Next, I find that the effects of point mutations in promoter sequences are dependent on sequence context, and that an existing energy matrix model performs poorly in predicting relative expression of unrelated sequences. Finally, I show that a substantial fraction of random sequences contain functional promoters and I present an extended thermodynamic model that predicts promoter strength in full sequence space. Taken together, these results provide new insights and guides on how to integrate information on sequence context to improve our qualitative and quantitative understanding of bacterial gene expression, with implications for rapid evolution of drug resistance, de novo evolution of genes, and horizontal gene transfer.},
author = {Steinrück, Magdalena},
pages = {109},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{The influence of sequence context on the evolution of bacterial gene expression}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:th1059},
year = {2018},
}
@phdthesis{83,
abstract = {A proof system is a protocol between a prover and a verifier over a common input in which an honest prover convinces the verifier of the validity of true statements. Motivated by the success of decentralized cryptocurrencies, exemplified by Bitcoin, the focus of this thesis will be on proof systems which found applications in some sustainable alternatives to Bitcoin, such as the Spacemint and Chia cryptocurrencies. In particular, we focus on proofs of space and proofs of sequential work.
Proofs of space (PoSpace) were suggested as more ecological, economical, and egalitarian alternative to the energy-wasteful proof-of-work mining of Bitcoin. However, the state-of-the-art constructions of PoSpace are based on sophisticated graph pebbling lower bounds, and are therefore complex. Moreover, when these PoSpace are used in cryptocurrencies like Spacemint, miners can only start mining after ensuring that a commitment to their space is already added in a special transaction to the blockchain. Proofs of sequential work (PoSW) are proof systems in which a prover, upon receiving a statement x and a time parameter T, computes a proof which convinces the verifier that T time units had passed since x was received. Whereas Spacemint assumes synchrony to retain some interesting Bitcoin dynamics, Chia requires PoSW with unique proofs, i.e., PoSW in which it is hard to come up with more than one accepting proof for any true statement. In this thesis we construct simple and practically-efficient PoSpace and PoSW. When using our PoSpace in cryptocurrencies, miners can start mining on the fly, like in Bitcoin, and unlike current constructions of PoSW, which either achieve efficient verification of sequential work, or faster-than-recomputing verification of correctness of proofs, but not both at the same time, ours achieve the best of these two worlds.},
author = {Abusalah, Hamza M},
pages = {59},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Proof systems for sustainable decentralized cryptocurrencies}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:TH_1046},
year = {2018},
}