TY - CONF
AB - A stochastic graph game is played by two players on a game graph with probabilistic transitions. We consider stochastic graph games with omega-regular winning conditions specified as Rabin or Streett objectives. These games are NP-complete and coNP-complete, respectively. The value of the game for a player at a state s given an objective Phi is the maximal probability with which the player can guarantee the satisfaction of Phi from s. We present a strategy-improvement algorithm to compute values in stochastic Rabin games, where an improvement step involves solving Markov decision processes (MDPs) and nonstochastic Rabin games. The algorithm also computes values for stochastic Streett games but does not directly yield an optimal strategy for Streett objectives. We then show how to obtain an optimal strategy for Streett objectives by solving certain nonstochastic Streett games.
AU - Krishnendu Chatterjee
AU - Thomas Henzinger
ID - 3888
TI - Strategy improvement for stochastic Rabin and Streett games
VL - 4137
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TY - CONF
AB - We consider two-player infinite games played on graphs. The games are concurrent, in that at each state the players choose their moves simultaneously and independently, and stochastic, in that the moves determine a probability distribution for the successor state. The value of a game is the maximal probability with which a player can guarantee the satisfaction of her objective. We show that the values of concurrent games with w-regular objectives expressed as parity conditions can be decided in NP boolean AND coNP. This result substantially improves the best known previous bound of 3EXPTIME. It also shows that the full class of concurrent parity games is no harder than the special case of turn-based stochastic reachability games, for which NP boolean AND coNP is the best known bound. While the previous, more restricted NP boolean AND coNP results for graph games relied on the existence of particularly simple (pure memoryless) optimal strategies, in concurrent games with parity objectives optimal strategies may not exist, and epsilon-optimal strategies (which achieve the value of the game within a parameter epsilon > 0) require in general both randomization and infinite memory. Hence our proof must rely on a more detailed analysis of strategies and, in addition to the main result, yields two results that are interesting on their own. First, we show that there exist epsilon-optimal strategies that in the limit coincide with memoryless strategies; this parallels the celebrated result of Mertens-Neyman for concurrent games with limit-average objectives. Second, we complete the characterization of the memory requirements for epsilon-optimal strategies for concurrent games with parity conditions, by showing that memoryless strategies suffice for epsilon-optimality for coBachi conditions.
AU - Krishnendu Chatterjee
AU - de Alfaro, Luca
AU - Thomas Henzinger
ID - 3890
TI - The complexity of quantitative concurrent parity games
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TY - JOUR
AB - T cells develop in the thymus in a highly specialized cellular and extracellular microenvironment. The basement membrane molecule, laminin-5 (LN-5), is predominantly found in the medulla of the human thymic lobules. Using high-resolution light microscopy, we show here that LN-5 is localized in a bi-membranous conduit-like structure, together with other typical basement membrane components including collagen type IV, nidogen and perlecan. Other interstitial matrix components, such as fibrillin-1 or -2, tenascin-C or fibrillar collagen types, were also associated with these structures. Three-dimensional (3D) confocal microscopy suggested a tubular structure, whereas immunoelectron and transmission electron microscopy showed that the core of these tubes contained fibrillar collagens enwrapped by the LN-5-containing membrane. These medullary conduits are surrounded by thymic epithelial cells, which in vitro were found to bind LN-5, but also fibrillin and tenascin-C. Dendritic cells were also detected in close vicinity to the conduits. Both of these stromal cell types express major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules capable of antigen presentation. The conduits are connected to blood vessels but, with an average diameter of 2 mum, they are too small to transport cells. However, evidence is provided that smaller molecules such as a 10 kDa dextran, but not large molecules (>500 kDa), can be transported in the conduits. These results clearly demonstrate that a conduit system, which is also known from secondary lymphatic organs such as lymph nodes and spleen, is present in the medulla of the human thymus, and that it might serve to transport small blood-borne molecules or chemokines to defined locations within the medulla.
AU - Drumea-Mirancea, Mihaela
AU - Wessels, Johannes T
AU - Müller, Claudia A
AU - Essl, Mike
AU - Eble, Johannes A
AU - Tolosa, Eva
AU - Koch, Manuel
AU - Reinhardt, Dieter P
AU - Michael Sixt
AU - Sorokin, Lydia
AU - Stierhof, York-Dieter
AU - Schwarz, Heinz
AU - Klein, Gerd
ID - 3934
IS - Pt 7
JF - Journal of Cell Science
TI - Characterization of a conduit system containing laminin-5 in the human thymus: a potential transport system for small molecules
VL - 119
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TY - JOUR
AB - Epithelial morphogenesis depends on coordinated changes in cell shape, a process that is still poorly understood. During zebrafish epiboly and Drosophila dorsal closure, cell-shape changes at the epithelial margin are of critical importance. Here evidence is provided for a conserved mechanism of local actin and myosin 2 recruitment during theses events. It was found that during epiboly of the zebrafish embryo, the movement of the outer epithelium (enveloping layer) over the yolk cell surface involves the constriction of marginal cells. This process depends on the recruitment of actin and myosin 2 within the yolk cytoplasm along the margin of the enveloping layer. Actin and myosin 2 recruitment within the yolk cytoplasm requires the Ste20-like kinase Msn1, an orthologue of Drosophila Misshapen. Similarly, in Drosophila, actin and myosin 2 localization and cell constriction at the margin of the epidermis mediate dorsal closure and are controlled by Misshapen. Thus, this study has characterized a conserved mechanism underlying coordinated cell-shape changes during epithelial morphogenesis.
AU - Köppen, Mathias
AU - Fernández, Beatriz García
AU - Carvalho,Lara
AU - Jacinto, António
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp
ID - 4184
IS - 14
JF - Development
TI - Coordinated cell-shape changes control epithelial movement in zebrafish and Drosophila
VL - 133
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TY - JOUR
AU - Harold Vladar
AU - González,J. A
ID - 4235
JF - Journal of Theoretical Biology
TI - Dynamic response of cancer under the influence of immunological activity and therapy
ER -