TY - JOUR
AB - The representation of integral binary forms as sums of two squares is discussed and applied to establish the Manin conjecture for certain Châtelet surfaces over ℚ.
AU - de la Bretèche, Régis
AU - Timothy Browning
ID - 241
IS - 2
JF - Israel Journal of Mathematics
TI - Binary forms as sums of two squares and Châtelet surfaces
VL - 191
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The kingdom of fungi provides model organisms for biotechnology, cell biology, genetics, and life sciences in general. Only when their phylogenetic relationships are stably resolved, can individual results from fungal research be integrated into a holistic picture of biology. However, and despite recent progress, many deep relationships within the fungi remain unclear. Here, we present the first phylogenomic study of an entire eukaryotic kingdom that uses a consistency criterion to strengthen phylogenetic conclusions. We reason that branches (splits) recovered with independent data and different tree reconstruction methods are likely to reflect true evolutionary relationships. Two complementary phylogenomic data sets based on 99 fungal genomes and 109 fungal expressed sequence tag (EST) sets analyzed with four different tree reconstruction methods shed light from different angles on the fungal tree of life. Eleven additional data sets address specifically the phylogenetic position of Blastocladiomycota, Ustilaginomycotina, and Dothideomycetes, respectively. The combined evidence from the resulting trees supports the deep-level stability of the fungal groups toward a comprehensive natural system of the fungi. In addition, our analysis reveals methodologically interesting aspects. Enrichment for EST encoded data-a common practice in phylogenomic analyses-introduces a strong bias toward slowly evolving and functionally correlated genes. Consequently, the generalization of phylogenomic data sets as collections of randomly selected genes cannot be taken for granted. A thorough characterization of the data to assess possible influences on the tree reconstruction should therefore become a standard in phylogenomic analyses.
AU - Ebersberger, Ingo
AU - De Matos Simoes, Ricardo
AU - Kupczok, Anne
AU - Gube, Matthias
AU - Kothe, Erika
AU - Voigt, Kerstin
AU - Von Haeseler, Arndt
ID - 2411
IS - 5
JF - Molecular Biology and Evolution
TI - A consistent phylogenetic backbone for the fungi
VL - 29
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We investigate the first and second moments of shifted convolutions of the generalized divisor function d 3(n).
AU - Baier, Stephan
AU - Timothy Browning
AU - Marasingha, Gihan
AU - Zhao, Liangyi
ID - 242
IS - 3
JF - Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
TI - Averages of shifted convolutions of d3 (n)
VL - 55
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let P(t) ∈ ℚ[t] be an irreducible quadratic polynomial and suppose that K is a quartic extension of ℚ containing the roots of P(t). Let N K/ℚ(X) be a full norm form for the extension K/ℚ. We show that the variety P(t) =N K/ℚ(X)≠ 0 satisfies the Hasse principle and weak approximation. The proof uses analytic methods.
AU - Timothy Browning
AU - Heath-Brown, Roger
ID - 243
IS - 5
JF - Geometric and Functional Analysis
TI - Quadratic polynomials represented by norm forms
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The colored Tverberg theorem asserts that for eve;ry d and r there exists t=t(d,r) such that for every set C ⊂ ℝ d of cardinality (d + 1)t, partitioned into t-point subsets C 1, C 2,...,C d+1 (which we think of as color classes; e. g., the points of C 1 are red, the points of C 2 blue, etc.), there exist r disjoint sets R 1, R 2,...,R r⊆C that are rainbow, meaning that {pipe}R i∩C j{pipe}≤1 for every i,j, and whose convex hulls all have a common point. All known proofs of this theorem are topological. We present a geometric version of a recent beautiful proof by Blagojević, Matschke, and Ziegler, avoiding a direct use of topological methods. The purpose of this de-topologization is to make the proof more concrete and intuitive, and accessible to a wider audience.
AU - Matoušek, Jiří
AU - Martin Tancer
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2438
IS - 2
JF - Discrete & Computational Geometry
TI - A geometric proof of the colored Tverberg theorem
VL - 47
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A Monte Carlo approximation algorithm for the Tukey depth problem in high dimensions is introduced. The algorithm is a generalization of an algorithm presented by Rousseeuw and Struyf (1998) . The performance of this algorithm is studied both analytically and experimentally.
AU - Chen, Dan
AU - Morin, Pat
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2439
IS - 5
JF - Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications
TI - Absolute approximation of Tukey depth: Theory and experiments
VL - 46
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We investigate the solubility of the congruence xy ≡ 1 (mod p), where p is a prime and x, y are restricted to lie in suitable short intervals. Our work relies on a mean value theorem for incomplete Kloosterman sums.
AU - Timothy Browning
AU - Haynes, Alan K
ID - 244
IS - 2
JF - International Journal of Number Theory
TI - Incomplete kloosterman sums and multiplicative inverses in short intervals
VL - 9
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an algorithm for computing [X, Y], i.e., all homotopy classes of continuous maps X → Y, where X, Y are topological spaces given as finite simplicial complexes, Y is (d - 1)-connected for some d ≥ 2 (for example, Y can be the d-dimensional sphere S d), and dim X ≤ 2d - 2. These conditions on X, Y guarantee that [X, Y] has a natural structure of a finitely generated Abelian group, and the algorithm finds generators and relations for it. We combine several tools and ideas from homotopy theory (such as Postnikov systems, simplicial sets, and obstruction theory) with algorithmic tools from effective algebraic topology (objects with effective homology). We hope that a further extension of the methods developed here will yield an algorithm for computing, in some cases of interest, the ℤ 2-index, which is a quantity playing a prominent role in Borsuk-Ulam style applications of topology in combinatorics and geometry, e.g., in topological lower bounds for the chromatic number of a graph. In a certain range of dimensions, deciding the embeddability of a simplicial complex into ℝ d also amounts to a ℤ 2-index computation. This is the main motivation of our work. We believe that investigating the computational complexity of questions in homotopy theory and similar areas presents a fascinating research area, and we hope that our work may help bridge the cultural gap between algebraic topology and theoretical computer science.
AU - Čadek, Martin
AU - Marek Krcál
AU - Matoušek, Jiří
AU - Sergeraert, Francis
AU - Vokřínek, Lukáš
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2440
TI - Computing all maps into a sphere
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Eigenvalues associated to graphs are a well-studied subject. In particular the spectra of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian of random graphs G(n, p) are known quite precisely. We consider generalizations of these matrices to simplicial complexes of higher dimensions and study their eigenvalues for the Linial-Meshulam model X k(n, p) of random k-dimensional simplicial complexes on n vertices. We show that for p = Ω(log n/n), the eigenvalues of both, the higher-dimensional adjacency matrix and the Laplacian, are a.a.s. sharply concentrated around two values. In a second part of the paper, we discuss a possible higherdimensional analogue of the Discrete Cheeger Inequality. This fundamental inequality expresses a close relationship between the eigenvalues of a graph and its combinatorial expansion properties; in particular, spectral expansion (a large eigenvalue gap) implies edge expansion. Recently, a higher-dimensional analogue of edge expansion for simplicial complexes was introduced by Gromov, and independently by Linial, Meshulam and Wallach and by Newman and Rabinovich. It is natural to ask whether there is a higher-dimensional version of Cheeger's inequality. We show that the most straightforward version of a higher-dimensional Cheeger inequality fails: for every k > 1, there is an infinite family of k-dimensional complexes that are spectrally expanding (there is a large eigenvalue gap for the Laplacian) but not combinatorially expanding.
AU - Gundert, Anna
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2441
TI - On Laplacians of random complexes
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Constitutive endocytic recycling is a crucial mechanism allowing regulation of the activity of proteins at the plasma membrane and for rapid changes in their localization, as demonstrated in plants for PIN-FORMED (PIN) proteins, the auxin transporters. To identify novel molecular components of endocytic recycling, mainly exocytosis, we designed a PIN1-green fluorescent protein fluorescence imaging-based forward genetic screen for Arabidopsis thaliana mutants that showed increased intracellular accumulation of cargos in response to the trafficking inhibitor brefeldin A (BFA). We identified bex5 (for BFA-visualized exocytic trafficking defective), a novel dominant mutant carrying a missense mutation that disrupts a conserved sequence motif of the small GTPase, RAS GENES FROM RAT BRAINA1b. bex5 displays defects such as enhanced protein accumulation in abnormal BFA compartments, aberrant endosomes, and defective exocytosis and transcytosis. BEX5/RabA1b localizes to trans-Golgi network/early endosomes (TGN/EE) and acts on distinct trafficking processes like those regulated by GTP exchange factors on ADP-ribosylation factors GNOM-LIKE1 and HOPM INTERACTOR7/BFA-VISUALIZED ENDOCYTIC TRAFFICKING DEFECTIVE1, which regulate trafficking at the Golgi apparatus and TGN/EE, respectively. All together, this study identifies Arabidopsis BEX5/RabA1b as a novel regulator of protein trafficking from a TGN/EE compartment to the plasma membrane.
AU - Feraru, Elena
AU - Feraru, Mugurel Ioan
AU - Asaoka, Rin
AU - Paciorek, Tomasz
AU - De Rycke, Riet M
AU - Tanaka, Hirokazu
AU - Nakano, Akihiko
AU - Jirí Friml
ID - 2453
IS - 7
JF - Plant Cell
TI - BEX5/RabA1b regulates trans-Golgi network-to-plasma membrane protein trafficking in Arabidopsis
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The third EMBO Conference on Plant Molecular Biology, which focused on ‘Plant development and environmental interactions’,was held in May 2012 in Matera, Italy. Here, we review some of the topics and themes that emerged from the various contributions; namely, steering technologies, transcriptional networks and hormonal regulation, small RNAs, cell and tissue polarity, environmental control and natural variation. We intend to provide the reader who might have missed this remarkable event with a glimpse of the recent progress made in this blossoming research field.
AU - Beeckman, Tom
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 2456
IS - 20
JF - Development
TI - Plant developmental biologists meet on stairways in Matera
VL - 139
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Initiation and successive development of organs induce mechanical stresses at the cellular level. Using the tomato shoot apex, a new study now proposes that mechanical strain regulates the plasma membrane abundance of the PIN1 auxin transporter, thereby reinforcing a positive feed-back loop between growth and auxin accumulation.
AU - Li, Hongjiang
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Grunewald, Wim
ID - 2458
IS - 16
JF - Current Biology
TI - Cell polarity: Stretching prevents developmental cramps
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Coordinated, subcellular trafficking of proteins is one of the fundamental properties of the multicellular eukaryotic organisms. Trafficking involves a large diversity of compartments, pathways, cargo molecules, and vesicle-sorting events. It is also crucial in regulating the localization and, thus, the activity of various proteins, but the process is still poorly genetically defined in plants. In the past, forward genetics screens had been used to determine the function of genes by searching for a specific morphological phenotype in the organism population in which mutations had been induced chemically or by irradiation. Unfortunately, these straightforward genetic screens turned out to be limited in identifying new regulators of intracellular protein transport, because mutations affecting essential trafficking pathways often lead to lethality. In addition, the use of these approaches has been restricted by functional redundancy among trafficking regulators. Screens for mutants that rely on the observation of changes in the cellular localization or dynamics of fluorescent subcellular markers enable, at least partially, to circumvent these issues. Hence, such image-based screens provide the possibility to identify either alleles with weak effects or components of the subcellular trafficking machinery that have no strong impact on the plant growth.
AU - Zwiewka, Marta
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 2459
IS - May
JF - Frontiers in Plant Science
TI - Fluorescence imaging-based forward genetic screens to identify trafficking regulators in plants
VL - 3
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Interneurons are critical for neuronal circuit function, but how their dendritic morphologies and membrane properties influence information flow within neuronal circuits is largely unknown. We studied the spatiotemporal profile of synaptic integration and short-term plasticity in dendrites of mature cerebellar stellate cells by combining two-photon guided electrical stimulation, glutamate uncaging, electron microscopy, and modeling. Synaptic activation within thin (0.4 μm) dendrites produced somatic responses that became smaller and slower with increasing distance from the soma, sublinear subthreshold input-output relationships, and a somatodendritic gradient of short-term plasticity. Unlike most studies showing that neurons employ active dendritic mechanisms, we found that passive cable properties of thin dendrites determine the sublinear integration and plasticity gradient, which both result from large dendritic depolarizations that reduce synaptic driving force. These integrative properties allow stellate cells to act as spatiotemporal filters of synaptic input patterns, thereby biasing their output in favor of sparse presynaptic activity. Stellate cells are critical sources of inhibition in the cerebellum, but how their dendrites integrate excitatory synaptic inputs is unknown. Abrahamsson et al. show that thin dendrites and passive membrane properties of SCs promote sublinear synaptic summation and distance-dependent short-term plasticity.
AU - Abrahamsson, Therese
AU - Cathala, Laurence
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
AU - DiGregorio, David A
ID - 2474
IS - 6
JF - Neuron
TI - Thin dendrites of cerebellar interneurons confer sublinear synaptic integration and a gradient of short-term plasticity
VL - 73
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background: One of the best-characterized causative factors of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the generation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). AD subjects are at high risk of epileptic seizures accompanied by aberrant neuronal excitability, which in itself enhances Aβ generation. However, the molecular linkage between epileptic seizures and Aβ generation in AD remains unclear. Results: X11 and X11-like (X11L) gene knockout mice suffered from epileptic seizures, along with a malfunction of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide gated (HCN) channels. Genetic ablation of HCN1 in mice and HCN1 channel blockage in cultured Neuro2a (N2a) cells enhanced Aβ generation. Interestingly, HCN1 levels dramatically decreased in the temporal lobe of cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) during aging and were significantly diminished in the temporal lobe of sporadic AD patients. Conclusion: Because HCN1 associates with amyloid-β precursor protein (APP) and X11/X11L in the brain, genetic deficiency of X11/X11L may induce aberrant HCN1 distribution along with epilepsy. Moreover, the reduction in HCN1 levels in aged primates may contribute to augmented Aβ generation. Taken together, HCN1 is proposed to play an important role in the molecular linkage between epileptic seizures and Aβ generation, and in the aggravation of sporadic AD.
AU - Saito, Yuhki
AU - Inoue, Tsuyoshi
AU - Zhu, Gang
AU - Kimura, Naoki
AU - Okada, Motohiro
AU - Nishimura, Masaki
AU - Murayama, Shigeo
AU - Kaneko, Sunao
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
AU - Imoto, Keiji
AU - Suzuki, Toshiharu
ID - 2475
IS - 1
JF - Molecular Neurodegeneration
TI - Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide gated channels: A potential molecular link between epileptic seizures and Aβ generation in Alzheimer's disease
VL - 7
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Recently developed pharmacogenetic and optogenetic approaches, with their own advantages and disadvantages, have become indispensable tools in modern neuroscience. Here, we employed a previously described knock-in mouse line (GABA ARγ2 77Ilox) in which the γ2 subunit of the GABA A receptor (GABA AR) was mutated to become zolpidem insensitive (γ2 77I) and used viral vectors to swap γ2 77I with wild-type, zolpidem-sensitive γ2 subunits (γ2 77F). The verification of unaltered density and subcellular distribution of the virally introduced γ2 subunits requires their selective labelling. For this we generated six N- and six C-terminal-tagged γ2 subunits, with which cortical cultures of GABA ARγ2 -/- mice were transduced using lentiviruses. We found that the N-terminal AU1 tag resulted in excellent immunodetection and unimpaired synaptic localization. Unaltered kinetic properties of the AU1-tagged γ2 ( AU1γ2 77F) channels were demonstrated with whole-cell patch-clamp recordings of spontaneous IPSCs from cultured cells. Next, we carried out stereotaxic injections of lenti- and adeno-associated viruses containing Cre-recombinase and the AU1γ2 77F subunit (Cre-2A- AU1γ2 77F) into the neocortex of GABA ARγ2 77Ilox mice. Light microscopic immunofluorescence and electron microscopic freeze-fracture replica immunogold labelling demonstrated the efficient immunodetection of the AU1 tag and the normal enrichment of the AU1γ2 77F subunits in perisomatic GABAergic synapses. In line with this, miniature and action potential-evoked IPSCs whole-cell recorded from transduced cells had unaltered amplitudes, kinetics and restored zolpidem sensitivity. Our results obtained with a wide range of structural and functional verification methods reveal unaltered subcellular distributions and functional properties of γ2 77I and AU1γ2 77F GABA ARs in cortical pyramidal cells. This transgenic-viral pharmacogenetic approach has the advantage that it does not require any extrinsic protein that might endow some unforeseen alterations of the genetically modified cells. In addition, this virus-based approach opens up the possibility of modifying multiple cell types in distinct brain regions and performing alternative recombination-based intersectional genetic manipulations.
AU - Sümegi, Máté
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Lörincz, Andrea
AU - Eyre, Mark D
AU - Nusser, Zoltán
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
ID - 2476
IS - 7
JF - Journal of Physiology
TI - Virus-mediated swapping of zolpidem-insensitive with zolpidem-sensitive GABA A receptors in cortical pyramidal cells
VL - 590
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Dynamic activity of glia has repeatedly been demonstrated, but if such activity is independent from neuronal activity, glia would not have any role in the information processing in the brain or in the generation of animal behavior. Evidence for neurons communicating with glia is solid, but the signaling pathway leading back from glial-to-neuronal activity was often difficult to study. Here, we introduced a transgenic mouse line in which channelrhodopsin-2, a light-gated cation channel, was expressed in astrocytes. Selective photostimulation of these astrocytes in vivo triggered neuronal activation. Using slice preparations, we show that glial photostimulation leads to release of glutamate, which was sufficient to activate AMPA receptors on Purkinje cells and to induce long-term depression of parallel fiber-to-Purkinje cell synapses through activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors. In contrast to neuronal synaptic vesicular release, glial activation likely causes preferential activation of extrasynaptic receptors that appose glial membrane. Finally, we show that neuronal activation by glial stimulation can lead to perturbation of cerebellar modulated motor behavior. These findings demonstrate that glia can modulate the tone of neuronal activity and behavior. This animal model is expected to be a potentially powerful approach to study the role of glia in brain function.
AU - Sasaki, Takuya
AU - Beppu, Kaoru
AU - Tanaka, Kenji F
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
AU - Matsui, Ko
ID - 2477
IS - 50
JF - PNAS
TI - Application of an optogenetic byway for perturbing neuronal activity via glial photostimulation
VL - 109
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Visual information must be relayed through the lateral geniculate nucleus before it reaches the visual cortex. However, not all spikes created in the retina lead to postsynaptic spikes and properties of the retinogeniculate synapse contribute to this filtering. To understand the mechanisms underlying this filtering process, we conducted electrophysiology to assess the properties of signal transmission in the Long-Evans rat. We also performed SDS-digested freeze-fracture replica labeling to quantify the receptor and transporter distribution, as well as EM reconstruction to describe the 3D structure. To analyze the impact of transmitter diffusion on the activity of the receptors, simulations were integrated. We identified that a large contributor to the filtering is the marked paired-pulse depression at this synapse, which was intensified by the morphological characteristics of the contacts. The broad presynaptic and postsynaptic contact area restricts transmitter diffusion two dimensionally. Additionally, the presence of multiple closely arranged release sites invites intersynaptic spillover, which causes desensitization of AMPA receptors. The presence of AMPA receptors that slowly recover from desensitization along with the high presynaptic release probability and multivesicular release at each synapse also contribute to the depression. These features contrast with many other synapses where spatiotemporal spread of transmitter is limited by rapid transmitter clearance allowing synapses to operate more independently. We propose that the micrometer-order structure can ultimately affect the visual information processing.
AU - Budisantoso, Timotheus
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Kamasawa, Naomi
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
ID - 2514
IS - 7
JF - Journal of Neuroscience
TI - Mechanisms underlying signal filtering at a multisynapse contact
VL - 32
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We investigated the temporal and spatial expression of SK2 in the developing mouse hippocampus using molecular and biochemical techniques, quantitative immunogold electron microscopy, and electrophysiology. The mRNA encoding SK2 was expressed in the developing and adult hippocampus. Western blotting and immunohistochemistry showed that SK2 protein increased with age. This was accompanied by a shift in subcellular localization. Early in development (P5), SK2 was predominantly localized to the endoplasmic reticulum in the pyramidal cell layer. But by P30 SK2 was almost exclusively expressed in the dendrites and spines. The level of SK2 at the postsynaptic density (PSD) also increased during development. In the adult, SK2 expression on the spine plasma membrane showed a proximal-to-distal gradient. Consistent with this redistribution and gradient of SK2, the selective SK channel blocker apamin increased evoked excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) only in CA1 pyramidal neurons from mice older than P15. However, the effect of apamin on EPSPs was not different between synapses in proximal or distal stratum radiatum or stratum lacunosum-moleculare in adult. These results show a developmental increase and gradient in SK2-containing channel surface expression that underlie their influence on neurotransmission, and that may contribute to increased memory acquisition during early development.
AU - Ballesteros-Merino, Carmen
AU - Lin, Michael
AU - Wu, Wendy W
AU - Ferrándiz-Huertas, Clotilde
AU - Cabañero, María José
AU - Watanabe, Masahiko
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
AU - Maylie, James G
AU - Adelman, John P
AU - Luján, Rafael
ID - 2515
IS - 6
JF - Hippocampus
TI - Developmental profile of SK2 channel expression and function in CA1 neurons
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Left-right asymmetry of human brain function has been known for a century, although much of molecular and cellular basis of brain laterality remains to be elusive. Recent studies suggest that hippocampal CA3-CA1 excitatory synapses are asymmetrically arranged, however, the functional implication of the asymmetrical circuitry has not been studied at the behavioral level. In order to address the left-right asymmetry of hippocampal function in behaving mice, we analyzed the performance of "split-brain" mice in the Barnes maze. The "split-brain" mice received ventral hippocampal commissure and corpus callosum transection in addition to deprivation of visual input from one eye. In such mice, the hippocampus in the side of visual deprivation receives sensory-driven input. Better spatial task performance was achieved by the mice which were forced to use the right hippocampus than those which were forced to use the left hippocampus. In two-choice spatial maze, forced usage of left hippocampus resulted in a comparable performance to the right counterpart, suggesting that both hippocampal hemispheres are capable of conducting spatial learning. Therefore, the results obtained from the Barnes maze suggest that the usage of the right hippocampus improves the accuracy of spatial memory. Performance of non-spatial yet hippocampus-dependent tasks (e.g. fear conditioning) was not influenced by the laterality of the hippocampus.
AU - Shinohara, Yoshiaki
AU - Hosoya, Aki
AU - Yamasaki, Nobuyuki
AU - Ahmed, Hassan
AU - Hattori, Satoko
AU - Eguchi, Megumi
AU - Yamaguchi, Shun
AU - Miyakawa, Tsuyoshi
AU - Hirase, Hajime
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
ID - 2687
IS - 2
JF - Hippocampus
TI - Right-hemispheric dominance of spatial memory in split-brain mice
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - To gain insights into structure-function relationship of excitatory synapses, we revisit our quantitative analysis of synaptic AMPAR by highly sensitive freeze-fracture replica labeling in eight different connections. All of these connections showed linear correlation between synapse size and AMPAR number indicating a common intra-synapse-type relationship in CNS synapses. On the contrary, inter-synapse-type relationship is unexpected indicating no correlation between averages of synapse size and AMPAR number. Interestingly, connections with large average synapse size and low AMPAR density showed high variability of AMPAR number and mosaic distribution within the postsynaptic membrane. We propose an idea that these connections may quickly exhibit synaptic plasticity by modifying AMPAR density/number whereas those with high AMPAR density change their efficacy by modifying synapse size.
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
ID - 2688
IS - 3
JF - Current Opinion in Neurobiology
TI - Intra-synapse-type and inter-synapse-type relationships between synaptic size and AMPAR expression
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - R-type calcium channels (RTCCs) are well known for their role in synaptic plasticity, but little is known about their subcellular distribution across various neuronal compartments. Using subtype-specific antibodies, we characterized the regional and subcellular localization of Ca v2.3 in mice and rats at both light and electron microscopic levels. Ca v2.3 immunogold particles were found to be predominantly presynaptic in the interpeduncular nucleus, but postsynaptic in other brain regions. Serial section analysis of electron microscopic images from the hippocampal CA1 revealed a higher density of immunogold particles in the dendritic shaft plasma membrane compared with the pyramidal cell somata. However, the labeling densities were not significantly different among the apical, oblique, or basal dendrites. Immunogold particles were also observed over the plasma membrane of dendritic spines, including both synaptic and extrasynaptic sites. Individual spine heads contained <20 immunogold particles, with an average density of ~260 immunoparticles per μm 3 spine head volume, in accordance with the density of RTCCs estimated using calcium imaging (Sabatini and Svoboda, 2000). The Ca v2.3 density was variable among similar-sized spine heads and did not correlate with the density in the parent dendrite, implying that spines are individual calcium compartments operating autonomously from their parent dendrites.
AU - Parajuli, Laxmi K
AU - Nakajima, Chikako
AU - Kulik, Ákos
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Schneider, Toni
AU - Ryuichi Shigemoto
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
ID - 2689
IS - 39
JF - Journal of Neuroscience
TI - Quantitative regional and ultra structural localization of the Ca v2 3 subunit of R type calcium channel in mouse brain
VL - 32
ER -
TY - GEN
AU - László Erdös
ID - 2696
T2 - ArXiv
TI - Universality for random matrices and log-gases
ER -
TY - CONF
AU - László Erdös
ID - 2700
TI - Lecture notes on quantum Brownian motion
VL - 95
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with specifications given as Büchi (liveness) objectives. We consider the problem of computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices from where the objective can be ensured with probability 1. We study for the first time the average case complexity of the classical algorithm for computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices for MDPs with Büchi objectives. Our contributions are as follows: First, we show that for MDPs with constant out-degree the expected number of iterations is at most logarithmic and the average case running time is linear (as compared to the worst case linear number of iterations and quadratic time complexity). Second, for the average case analysis over all MDPs we show that the expected number of iterations is constant and the average case running time is linear (again as compared to the worst case linear number of iterations and quadratic time complexity). Finally we also show that given that all MDPs are equally likely, the probability that the classical algorithm requires more than constant number of iterations is exponentially small.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Joglekar, Manas
AU - Shah, Nisarg
ID - 2715
TI - Average case analysis of the classical algorithm for Markov decision processes with Büchi objectives
VL - 18
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Consider N × N Hermitian or symmetric random matrices H where the distribution of the (i, j) matrix element is given by a probability measure ν ij with a subexponential decay. Let σ ij 2 be the variance for the probability measure ν ij with the normalization property that Σ iσ i,j 2 = 1 for all j. Under essentially the only condition that c ≤ N σ ij 2 ≤ c -1 for some constant c > 0, we prove that, in the limit N → ∞, the eigenvalue spacing statistics of H in the bulk of the spectrum coincide with those of the Gaussian unitary or orthogonal ensemble (GUE or GOE). We also show that for band matrices with bandwidth M the local semicircle law holds to the energy scale M -1.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
AU - Yin, Jun
ID - 2767
IS - 1-2
JF - Probability Theory and Related Fields
TI - Bulk universality for generalized Wigner matrices
VL - 154
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a two dimensional magnetic Schrödinger operator with a spatially stationary random magnetic field. We assume that the magnetic field has a positive lower bound and that it has Fourier modes on arbitrarily short scales. We prove the Wegner estimate at arbitrary energy, i. e. we show that the averaged density of states is finite throughout the whole spectrum. We also prove Anderson localization at the bottom of the spectrum.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Hasler, David G
ID - 2768
IS - 2
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - Wegner estimate and Anderson localization for random magnetic fields
VL - 309
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present a generalization of the method of the local relaxation flow to establish the universality of local spectral statistics of a broad class of large random matrices. We show that the local distribution of the eigenvalues coincides with the local statistics of the corresponding Gaussian ensemble provided the distribution of the individual matrix element is smooth and the eigenvalues {X J} N j=1 are close to their classical location {y j} N j=1 determined by the limiting density of eigenvalues. Under the scaling where the typical distance between neighboring eigenvalues is of order 1/N, the necessary apriori estimate on the location of eigenvalues requires only to know that E|x j - γ j| 2 ≤ N-1-ε on average. This information can be obtained by well established methods for various matrix ensembles. We demonstrate the method by proving local spectral universality for sample covariance matrices.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Schlein, Benjamin
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
AU - Yin, Jun
ID - 2769
IS - 1
JF - Annales de l'institut Henri Poincare (B) Probability and Statistics
TI - The local relaxation flow approach to universality of the local statistics for random matrices
VL - 48
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Consider N×N Hermitian or symmetric random matrices H with independent entries, where the distribution of the (i,j) matrix element is given by the probability measure vij with zero expectation and with variance σ ιj 2. We assume that the variances satisfy the normalization condition Σiσij2=1 for all j and that there is a positive constant c such that c≤Nσ ιj 2 ιc -1. We further assume that the probability distributions νij have a uniform subexponential decay. We prove that the Stieltjes transform of the empirical eigenvalue distribution of H is given by the Wigner semicircle law uniformly up to the edges of the spectrum with an error of order (Nη) -1 where η is the imaginary part of the spectral parameter in the Stieltjes transform. There are three corollaries to this strong local semicircle law: (1) Rigidity of eigenvalues: If γj=γj,N denotes the classical location of the j-th eigenvalue under the semicircle law ordered in increasing order, then the j-th eigenvalue λj is close to γj in the sense that for some positive constants C, c P{double-struck}(∃j:|λ j-γ j|≥(logN) CloglogN[min(j,N-j+1)] -1/3N -2/3)≤ C exp[-(logN) cloglogN] for N large enough. (2) The proof of Dyson's conjecture (Dyson, 1962 [15]) which states that the time scale of the Dyson Brownian motion to reach local equilibrium is of order N -1 up to logarithmic corrections. (3) The edge universality holds in the sense that the probability distributions of the largest (and the smallest) eigenvalues of two generalized Wigner ensembles are the same in the large N limit provided that the second moments of the two ensembles are identical.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
AU - Yin, Jun
ID - 2770
IS - 3
JF - Advances in Mathematics
TI - Rigidity of eigenvalues of generalized Wigner matrices
VL - 229
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a magnetic Schrödinger operator in two dimensions. The magnetic field is given as the sum of a large and constant magnetic field and a random magnetic field. Moreover, we allow for an additional deterministic potential as well as a magnetic field which are both periodic. We show that the spectrum of this operator is contained in broadened bands around the Landau levels and that the edges of these bands consist of pure point spectrum with exponentially decaying eigenfunctions. The proof is based on a recent Wegner estimate obtained in Erdos and Hasler (Commun. Math. Phys., preprint, arXiv:1012.5185) and a multiscale analysis.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Hasler, David G
ID - 2771
IS - 5
JF - Journal of Statistical Physics
TI - Anderson localization at band edges for random magnetic fields
VL - 146
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the semiclassical asymptotics of the sum of negative eigenvalues of the three-dimensional Pauli operator with an external potential and a self-generated magnetic field B. We also add the field energy β ∫ B 2 and we minimize over all magnetic fields. The parameter β effectively determines the strength of the field. We consider the weak field regime with βh 2 ≥ const > 0, where h is the semiclassical parameter. For smooth potentials we prove that the semiclassical asymptotics of the total energy is given by the non-magnetic Weyl term to leading order with an error bound that is smaller by a factor h 1+e{open}, i. e. the subleading term vanishes. However for potentials with a Coulomb singularity, the subleading term does not vanish due to the non-semiclassical effect of the singularity. Combined with a multiscale technique, this refined estimate is used in the companion paper (Erdo{double acute}s et al. in Scott correction for large molecules with a self-generated magnetic field, Preprint, 2011) to prove the second order Scott correction to the ground state energy of large atoms and molecules.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Fournais, Søren
AU - Solovej, Jan P
ID - 2772
IS - 4
JF - Annales Henri Poincare
TI - Second order semiclassics with self generated magnetic fields
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Recently we proved [3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11] that the eigenvalue correlation functions of a general class of random matrices converge, weakly with respect to the energy, to the corresponding ones of Gaussian matrices. Tao and Vu [15] gave a proof that for the special case of Hermitian Wigner matrices the convergence can be strengthened to vague convergence at any fixed energy in the bulk. In this article we show that this theorem is an immediate corollary of our earlier results. Indeed, a more general form of this theorem also follows directly from our work [2].
AU - László Erdös
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
ID - 2773
JF - Electronic Journal of Probability
TI - A comment on the Wigner-Dyson-Mehta bulk universality conjecture for Wigner matrices
VL - 17
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TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a large neutral molecule with total nuclear charge Z in non-relativistic quantum mechanics with a self-generated classical electromagnetic field. To ensure stability, we assume that Zα 2 ≤ κ 0 for a sufficiently small κ 0, where α denotes the fine structure constant. We show that, in the simultaneous limit Z → ∞, α → 0 such that κ = Zα 2 is fixed, the ground state energy of the system is given by a two term expansion c 1Z 7/3 + c 2(κ) Z 2 + o(Z 2). The leading term is given by the non-magnetic Thomas-Fermi theory. Our result shows that the magnetic field affects only the second (so-called Scott) term in the expansion.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Fournais, Søren
AU - Solovej, Jan P
ID - 2774
IS - 3
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - Scott correction for large atoms and molecules in a self-generated magnetic field
VL - 312
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TY - JOUR
AB - The Wigner-Dyson-Gaudin-Mehta conjecture asserts that the local eigenvalue statistics of large random matrices exhibit universal behavior depending only on the symmetry class of the matrix ensemble. For invariant matrix models, the eigenvalue distributions are given by a log-gas with potential V and inverse temperature β = 1, 2, 4, corresponding to the orthogonal, unitary and symplectic ensembles. For β ∉ {1, 2, 4}, there is no natural random matrix ensemble behind this model, but the statistical physics interpretation of the log-gas is still valid for all β > 0. The universality conjecture for invariant ensembles asserts that the local eigenvalue statistics are independent of V. In this article, we review our recent solution to the universality conjecture for both invariant and non-invariant ensembles. We will also demonstrate that the local ergodicity of the Dyson Brownian motion is the intrinsic mechanism behind the universality. Furthermore, we review the solution of Dyson's conjecture on the local relaxation time of the Dyson Brownian motion. Related questions such as delocalization of eigenvectors and local version of Wigner's semicircle law will also be discussed.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
ID - 2775
IS - 3
JF - Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society
TI - Universality of local spectral statistics of random matrices
VL - 49
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TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the ensemble of adjacency matrices of Erdős-Rényi random graphs, i.e. graphs on N vertices where every edge is chosen independently and with probability p ≡ p(N). We rescale the matrix so that its bulk eigenvalues are of order one. Under the assumption pN≫N2/3 , we prove the universality of eigenvalue distributions both in the bulk and at the edge of the spectrum. More precisely, we prove (1) that the eigenvalue spacing of the Erdős-Rényi graph in the bulk of the spectrum has the same distribution as that of the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble; and (2) that the second largest eigenvalue of the Erdős-Rényi graph has the same distribution as the largest eigenvalue of the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble. As an application of our method, we prove the bulk universality of generalized Wigner matrices under the assumption that the matrix entries have at least 4 + ε moments.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Knowles, Antti
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
AU - Yin, Jun
ID - 2776
IS - 3
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - Spectral statistics of Erdős-Rényi graphs II: Eigenvalue spacing and the extreme eigenvalues
VL - 314
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a large neutral molecule with total nuclear charge Z in a model with self-generated classical magnetic field and where the kinetic energy of the electrons is treated relativistically. To ensure stability, we assume that Zα < 2/π, where α denotes the fine structure constant. We are interested in the ground state energy in the simultaneous limit Z → ∞, α → 0 such that κ = Zα is fixed. The leading term in the energy asymptotics is independent of κ, it is given by the Thomas-Fermi energy of order Z7/3 and it is unchanged by including the self-generated magnetic field. We prove the first correction term to this energy, the so-called Scott correction of the form S(αZ)Z2. The current paper extends the result of Solovej et al. [Commun. Pure Appl. Math.LXIII, 39-118 (2010)] on the Scott correction for relativistic molecules to include a self-generated magnetic field. Furthermore, we show that the corresponding Scott correction function S, first identified by Solovej et al. [Commun. Pure Appl. Math.LXIII, 39-118 (2010)], is unchanged by including a magnetic field. We also prove new Lieb-Thirring inequalities for the relativistic kinetic energy with magnetic fields.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Fournais, Søren
AU - Solovej, Jan P
ID - 2777
IS - 9
JF - Journal of Mathematical Physics
TI - Relativistic Scott correction in self-generated magnetic fields
VL - 53
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TY - JOUR
AB - We prove the bulk universality of the β-ensembles with non-convex regular analytic potentials for any β > 0. This removes the convexity assumption appeared in the earlier work [P. Bourgade, L. Erdös, and H.-T. Yau, Universality of general β-ensembles, preprint arXiv:0907.5605 (2011)]. The convexity condition enabled us to use the logarithmic Sobolev inequality to estimate events with small probability. The new idea is to introduce a "convexified measure" so that the local statistics are preserved under this convexification.
AU - Bourgade, Paul
AU - László Erdös
AU - Yau, Horng-Tzer
ID - 2778
IS - 9
JF - Journal of Mathematical Physics
TI - Bulk universality of general β-ensembles with non-convex potential
VL - 53
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TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a two-dimensional magnetic Schrödinger operator on a square lattice with a spatially stationary random magnetic field. We prove Anderson localization near the spectral edges. We use a new approach to establish a Wegner estimate that does not rely on the monotonicity of the energy on the random parameters.
AU - László Erdös
AU - Hasler, David G
ID - 2779
IS - 8
JF - Annales Henri Poincare
TI - Wegner estimate for random magnetic Laplacian on ℤ 2
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The Arabidopsis thaliana central cell, the companion cell of the egg, undergoes DNA demethylation before fertilization, but the targeting preferences, mechanism, and biological significance of this process remain unclear. Here, we show that active DNA demethylation mediated by the DEMETER DNA glycosylase accounts for all of the demethylation in the central cell and preferentially targets small, AT-rich, and nucleosome-depleted euchromatic transposable elements. The vegetative cell, the companion cell of sperm, also undergoes DEMETER-dependent demethylation of similar sequences, and lack of DEMETER in vegetative cells causes reduced small RNA–directed DNA methylation of transposons in sperm. Our results demonstrate that demethylation in companion cells reinforces transposon methylation in plant gametes and likely contributes to stable silencing of transposable elements across generations.
AU - Ibarra, Christian A.
AU - Feng, Xiaoqi
AU - Schoft, Vera K.
AU - Hsieh, Tzung-Fu
AU - Uzawa, Rie
AU - Rodrigues, Jessica A.
AU - Zemach, Assaf
AU - Chumak, Nina
AU - Machlicova, Adriana
AU - Nishimura, Toshiro
AU - Rojas, Denisse
AU - Fischer, Robert L.
AU - Tamaru, Hisashi
AU - Zilberman, Daniel
ID - 9451
IS - 6100
JF - Science
SN - 0036-8075
TI - Active DNA demethylation in plant companion cells reinforces transposon methylation in gametes
VL - 337
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The regulation of eukaryotic chromatin relies on interactions between many epigenetic factors, including histone modifications, DNA methylation, and the incorporation of histone variants. H2A.Z, one of the most conserved but enigmatic histone variants that is enriched at the transcriptional start sites of genes, has been implicated in a variety of chromosomal processes. Recently, we reported a genome-wide anticorrelation between H2A.Z and DNA methylation, an epigenetic hallmark of heterochromatin that has also been found in the bodies of active genes in plants and animals. Here, we investigate the basis of this anticorrelation using a novel h2a.z loss-of-function line in Arabidopsis thaliana. Through genome-wide bisulfite sequencing, we demonstrate that loss of H2A.Z in Arabidopsis has only a minor effect on the level or profile of DNA methylation in genes, and we propose that the global anticorrelation between DNA methylation and H2A.Z is primarily caused by the exclusion of H2A.Z from methylated DNA. RNA sequencing and genomic mapping of H2A.Z show that H2A.Z enrichment across gene bodies, rather than at the TSS, is correlated with lower transcription levels and higher measures of gene responsiveness. Loss of H2A.Z causes misregulation of many genes that are disproportionately associated with response to environmental and developmental stimuli. We propose that H2A.Z deposition in gene bodies promotes variability in levels and patterns of gene expression, and that a major function of genic DNA methylation is to exclude H2A.Z from constitutively expressed genes.
AU - Coleman-Derr, Devin
AU - Zilberman, Daniel
ID - 9497
IS - 10
JF - PLoS Genetics
SN - 1553-7390
TI - Deposition of histone variant H2A.Z within gene bodies regulates responsive genes
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - EMBRYONIC FLOWER1 (EMF1) is a plant-specific gene crucial to Arabidopsis vegetative development. Loss of function mutants in the EMF1 gene mimic the phenotype caused by mutations in Polycomb Group protein (PcG) genes, which encode epigenetic repressors that regulate many aspects of eukaryotic development. In Arabidopsis, Polycomb Repressor Complex 2 (PRC2), made of PcG proteins, catalyzes trimethylation of lysine 27 on histone H3 (H3K27me3) and PRC1-like proteins catalyze H2AK119 ubiquitination. Despite functional similarity to PcG proteins, EMF1 lacks sequence homology with known PcG proteins; thus, its role in the PcG mechanism is unclear. To study the EMF1 functions and its mechanism of action, we performed genome-wide mapping of EMF1 binding and H3K27me3 modification sites in Arabidopsis seedlings. The EMF1 binding pattern is similar to that of H3K27me3 modification on the chromosomal and genic level. ChIPOTLe peak finding and clustering analyses both show that the highly trimethylated genes also have high enrichment levels of EMF1 binding, termed EMF1_K27 genes. EMF1 interacts with regulatory genes, which are silenced to allow vegetative growth, and with genes specifying cell fates during growth and differentiation. H3K27me3 marks not only these genes but also some genes that are involved in endosperm development and maternal effects. Transcriptome analysis, coupled with the H3K27me3 pattern, of EMF1_K27 genes in emf1 and PRC2 mutants showed that EMF1 represses gene activities via diverse mechanisms and plays a novel role in the PcG mechanism.
AU - Kim, Sang Yeol
AU - Lee, Jungeun
AU - Eshed-Williams, Leor
AU - Zilberman, Daniel
AU - Sung, Z. Renee
ID - 9499
IS - 3
JF - PLoS Genetics
SN - 1553-7390
TI - EMF1 and PRC2 cooperate to repress key regulators of Arabidopsis development
VL - 8
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TY - JOUR
AB - Accumulating evidence points toward diverse functions for plant chromatin. Remarkable progress has been made over the last few years in elucidating the mechanisms for a number of these functions. Activity of the histone demethylase IBM1 accurately targets DNA methylation to silent repeats and transposable elements, not to genes. A genetic screen uncovered the surprising role of H2A.Z-containing nucleosomes in sensing precise differences in ambient temperature and consequent gene regulation. Precise maintenance of chromosome number is assured by a histone modification that suppresses inappropriate DNA replication and by centromeric histone H3 regulation of chromosome segregation. Histones and noncoding RNAs regulate FLOWERING LOCUS C, the expression of which quantitatively measures the duration of cold exposure, functioning as memory of winter. These findings are a testament to the power of using plants to research chromatin organization, and demonstrate examples of how chromatin functions to achieve biological accuracy, precision, and memory.
AU - Huff, Jason T.
AU - Zilberman, Daniel
ID - 9528
IS - 2
JF - Current Opinion in Genetics and Development
SN - 0959-437X
TI - Regulation of biological accuracy, precision, and memory by plant chromatin organization
VL - 22
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TY - JOUR
AB - The most well-studied function of DNA methylation in eukaryotic cells is the transcriptional silencing of genes and transposons. More recent results showed that many eukaryotes methylate the bodies of genes as well and that this methylation correlates with transcriptional activity rather than repression. The purpose of gene body methylation remains mysterious, but is potentially related to the histone variant H2A.Z. Studies in plants and animals have shown that the genome-wide distributions of H2A.Z and DNA methylation are strikingly anticorrelated. Furthermore, we and other investigators have shown that this relationship is likely to be the result of an ancient but unknown mechanism by which DNA methylation prevents the incorporation of H2A.Z. Recently, we discovered strong correlations between the presence of H2A.Z within gene bodies, the degree to which a gene's expression varies across tissue types or environmental conditions, and transcriptional misregulation in an h2a.z mutant. We propose that one basal function of gene body methylation is the establishment of constitutive expression patterns within housekeeping genes by excluding H2A.Z from their bodies.
AU - Coleman-Derr, D.
AU - Zilberman, Daniel
ID - 9535
JF - Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
SN - 0091-7451
TI - DNA methylation, H2A.Z, and the regulation of constitutive expression
VL - 77
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Motivated by recent experiments on Ba3NiSb2O 9, we investigate possible quantum spin liquid ground states for spin S=1 Heisenberg models on the triangular lattice. We use variational Monte Carlo techniques to calculate the energies of microscopic spin liquid wave functions where spin is represented by three flavors of fermionic spinon operators. These energies are compared with the energies of various competing three-sublattice ordered states. Our approach shows that the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model with biquadratic term and single-ion anisotropy does not have a low-temperature spin liquid phase. However, for an SU(3)-invariant model with sufficiently strong ring-exchange terms, we find a paired chiral quantum spin liquid with a Fermi surface of deconfined spinons that is stable against all types of ordering patterns we considered. We discuss the physics of this exotic spin liquid state in relation to the recent experiment and suggest new ways to test this scenario.
AU - Bieri, Samuel
AU - Maksym Serbyn
AU - Senthil, Todadri S
AU - Lee, Patrick
ID - 966
IS - 22
JF - Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
TI - Paired chiral spin liquid with a Fermi surface in S=1 model on the triangular lattice
VL - 86
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - Due to the omnipresent risk of epidemics, insect societies have evolved sophisticated disease defences at the individual and colony level. An intriguing yet little understood phenomenon is that social contact to pathogen-exposed individuals reduces susceptibility of previously naive nestmates to this pathogen. We tested whether such social immunisation in Lasius ants against the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae is based on active upregulation of the immune system of nestmates following contact to an infectious individual or passive protection via transfer of immune effectors among group members—that is, active versus passive immunisation. We found no evidence for involvement of passive immunisation via transfer of antimicrobials among colony members. Instead, intensive allogrooming behaviour between naive and pathogen-exposed ants before fungal conidia firmly attached to their cuticle suggested passage of the pathogen from the exposed individuals to their nestmates. By tracing fluorescence-labelled conidia we indeed detected frequent pathogen transfer to the nestmates, where they caused low-level infections as revealed by growth of small numbers of fungal colony forming units from their dissected body content. These infections rarely led to death, but instead promoted an enhanced ability to inhibit fungal growth and an active upregulation of immune genes involved in antifungal defences (defensin and prophenoloxidase, PPO). Contrarily, there was no upregulation of the gene cathepsin L, which is associated with antibacterial and antiviral defences, and we found no increased antibacterial activity of nestmates of fungus-exposed ants. This indicates that social immunisation after fungal exposure is specific, similar to recent findings for individual-level immune priming in invertebrates. Epidemiological modeling further suggests that active social immunisation is adaptive, as it leads to faster elimination of the disease and lower death rates than passive immunisation. Interestingly, humans have also utilised the protective effect of low-level infections to fight smallpox by intentional transfer of low pathogen doses (“variolation” or “inoculation”).
AU - Konrad, Matthias
AU - Vyleta, Meghan
AU - Theis, Fabian
AU - Stock, Miriam
AU - Klatt, Martina
AU - Drescher, Verena
AU - Marr, Carsten
AU - Ugelvig, Line V
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 9755
TI - Data from: Social transfer of pathogenic fungus promotes active immunisation in ant colonies
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TY - GEN
AB - To fight infectious diseases, host immune defences are employed at multiple levels. Sanitary behaviour, such as pathogen avoidance and removal, acts as a first line of defence to prevent infection [1] before activation of the physiological immune system. Insect societies have evolved a wide range of collective hygiene measures and intensive health care towards pathogen-exposed group members [2]. One of the most common behaviours is allogrooming, in which nestmates remove infectious particles from the body surfaces of exposed individuals [3]. Here we show that, in invasive garden ants, grooming of fungus-exposed brood is effective beyond the sheer mechanical removal of fungal conidiospores as it also includes chemical disinfection through the application of poison produced by the ants themselves. Formic acid is the main active component of the poison. It inhibits fungal growth of conidiospores remaining on the brood surface after grooming and also those collected in the mouth of the grooming ant. This dual function is achieved by uptake of the poison droplet into the mouth through acidopore self-grooming and subsequent application onto the infectious brood via brood grooming. This extraordinary behaviour extends current understanding of grooming and the establishment of social immunity in insect societies.
AU - Tragust, Simon
AU - Mitteregger, Barbara
AU - Barone, Vanessa
AU - Konrad, Matthias
AU - Ugelvig, Line V
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 9757
TI - Data from: Ants disinfect fungus-exposed brood by oral uptake and spread of their poison
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TY - GEN
AB - We propose a two-step procedure for estimating multiple migration rates in an approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) framework, accounting for global nuisance parameters. The approach is not limited to migration, but generally of interest for inference problems with multiple parameters and a modular structure (e.g. independent sets of demes or loci). We condition on a known, but complex demographic model of a spatially subdivided population, motivated by the reintroduction of Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) into Switzerland. In the first step, the global parameters ancestral mutation rate and male mating skew have been estimated for the whole population in Aeschbacher et al. (Genetics 2012; 192: 1027). In the second step, we estimate in this study the migration rates independently for clusters of demes putatively connected by migration. For large clusters (many migration rates), ABC faces the problem of too many summary statistics. We therefore assess by simulation if estimation per pair of demes is a valid alternative. We find that the trade-off between reduced dimensionality for the pairwise estimation on the one hand and lower accuracy due to the assumption of pairwise independence on the other depends on the number of migration rates to be inferred: the accuracy of the pairwise approach increases with the number of parameters, relative to the joint estimation approach. To distinguish between low and zero migration, we perform ABC-type model comparison between a model with migration and one without. Applying the approach to microsatellite data from Alpine ibex, we find no evidence for substantial gene flow via migration, except for one pair of demes in one direction.
AU - Aeschbacher, Simon
AU - Futschik, Andreas
AU - Beaumont, Mark
ID - 9758
TI - Data from: Approximate Bayesian computation for modular inference problems with many parameters: the example of migration rates
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TY - JOUR
AB - Nanocomposites are highly promising materials to enhance the efficiency of current thermoelectric devices. A straightforward and at the same time highly versatile and controllable approach to produce nanocomposites is the assembly of solution-processed nanocrystal building blocks. The convenience of this bottom-up approach to produce nanocomposites with homogeneous phase distributions and adjustable composition is demonstrated here by blending Ag2Te and PbTe colloidal nanocrystals to form Ag2Te–PbTe bulk nanocomposites. The thermoelectric properties of these nanocomposites are analyzed in the temperature range from 300 to 700 K. The evolution of their electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient is discussed in terms of the blend composition and the characteristics of the constituent materials.
AU - Cadavid, Doris
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Gorsse, Stéphane
AU - López, Antonio
AU - Cirera, Albert
AU - Morante, Joan
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 345
IS - 12
JF - Journal of Nanoparticle Research
TI - Bottom-up processing of thermoelectric nanocomposites from colloidal nanocrystal building blocks: The case of Ag2Te–PbTe
VL - 14
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Arrays of vertically aligned ZnO : Cl/TiO2 and ZnO : Cl/ZnxTiOy/TiO2 core–shell nanowires (NWs) were prepared by means of the combination of two solution-growth processes. First, single-crystal ZnO NWs with controlled n-type doping were grown on conducting substrates by a low-cost, high-yield and seed-free electrochemical route. These NWs were covered by a titanium oxide shell of tunable thickness mediating successive adsorption-hydrolysis-condensation steps. Using this atomic-layer growth procedure, titania shells with controlled thickness and the anatase TiO2 phase were obtained after sintering at 450 °C. Higher sintering temperatures resulted in the formation of ZnO : Cl/ZnxTiOy/TiO2 core–shell NWs by the interdiffusion of Zn and Ti ions at the ZnO–TiO2 interface. The performance of ZnO : Cl/TiO2 and ZnO : Cl/ZnxTiOy/TiO2 core–shell NWs towards photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting was investigated as a function of the titania shell thickness. Furthermore, the performance of such core–shell NWs as photoelectrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells was also characterized. The TiO2 presence at the ZnO : Cl surface promoted a two-fold increase on the produced photocurrent densities, probing their potential for PEC and optoelectronic applications. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to corroborate the lower resistance for charge transfer between the NWs and the electrolyte in the presence of the TiO2 shell.
AU - Fan, Jiandong
AU - Zamani, Reza
AU - Fábrega, Cristina
AU - Shavel, Alexey
AU - Flox, Cristina
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Andreu, Teresa
AU - López, Amtonio
AU - Arbiol, Jordi
AU - Morante, Joan
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 346
IS - 41
JF - Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
TI - Solution-growth and optoelectronic performance of ZnO : Cl/TiO2 and ZnO : Cl/ZnxTiOy/TiO2 core–shell nanowires with tunable shell thickness
VL - 45
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A synthetic route for producing Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 nanocrystals with narrow size distributions and controlled composition is presented. These nanocrystals were used to produce densely packed nanomaterials by hot-pressing. From the characterization of the thermoelectric properties of these nanomaterials, Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 is demonstrated to show excellent thermoelectric properties. A very preliminary adjustment of the nanocrystal composition has already resulted in a figure of merit of up to 0.55 at 450°C.
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Zamani, Reza
AU - Lalonde, Aaron
AU - Cadavid, Doris
AU - Li, Wenhua
AU - Shavel, Alexey
AU - Arbiol, Jordi
AU - Morante, Joan
AU - Gorsse, Stéphane
AU - Snyder, G Jeffrey
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 347
IS - 9
JF - Journal of the American Chemical Society
TI - Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 nanocrystals: Synthesis and thermoelectric properties
VL - 134
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The potential to control the composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale enable the production of nanocrystalline materials with enhanced functionalities and new applications. In the present work, we detail a novel colloidal synthesis route to prepare nanoparticles of the ternary semiconductor Cu2GeSe3 (CGSe) with nanometer-scale control over their crystal phases. We also demonstrate the structural effect on the thermoelectric properties of bottom-up-prepared CGSe nanomaterials. By careful adjustment of the nucleation and growth temperatures, pure orthorhombic CGSe nanoparticles with cationic order or polytypic CGSe nanoparticles with disordered cation positions can be produced. In this second type of nanoparticle, a high density of twins can be created to periodically change the atomic plane stacking, forming a hexagonal wurtzite CGSe phase. The high yield of the synthetic routes reported here allows the production of single-phase and multiphase CGSe nanoparticles in the gram scale, which permits characterization of the thermoelectric properties of these materials. Reduced thermal conductivities and a related 2.5-fold increase of the thermoelectric figure of merit for multiphase nanomaterials compared to pure-phase CGSe are systematically obtained. These results are discussed in terms of the density and efficiency of phonon scattering centers in both types of materials.
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Zamani, Reza
AU - Li, Wenhua
AU - Cadavid, Doris
AU - Gorse, Stéphane
AU - Katchoi, Nebll
AU - Shavel, Alexey
AU - López, Antonioo
AU - Morante, Joan
AU - Arbiol, Jordi
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 377
IS - 23
JF - Chemistry of Materials
TI - Crystallographic control at the nanoscale to enhance functionality: Polytypic Cu2GeSe3 nanoparticles as thermoelectric materials
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Hierarchical Timing Language (HTL) is a coordination language for distributed, hard real-time applications. HTL is a hierarchical extension of Giotto and, like its predecessor, based on the logical execution time (LET) paradigm of real-time programming. Giotto is compiled into code for a virtual machine, called the EmbeddedMachine (or E machine). If HTL is targeted to the E machine, then the hierarchicalprogram structure needs to be flattened; the flattening makes separatecompilation difficult, and may result in E machinecode of exponential size. In this paper, we propose a generalization of the E machine, which supports a hierarchicalprogram structure at runtime through real-time trigger mechanisms that are arranged in a tree. We present the generalized E machine, and a modular compiler for HTL that generates code of linear size. The compiler may generate code for any part of a given HTL program separately in any order.
AU - Ghosal, Arkadeb
AU - Iercan, Daniel
AU - Kirsch, Christoph
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Sangiovanni Vincentelli, Alberto
ID - 3836
IS - 2
JF - Science of Computer Programming
TI - Separate compilation of hierarchical real-time programs into linear-bounded embedded machine code
VL - 77
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this Letter we present detailed study of the density of states near defects in Bi 2Se 3. In particular, we present data on the commonly found triangular defects in this system. While we do not find any measurable quasiparticle scattering interference effects, we do find localized resonances, which can be well fitted by theory once the potential is taken to be extended to properly account for the observed defects. The data together with the fits confirm that while the local density of states around the Dirac point of the electronic spectrum at the surface is significantly disrupted near the impurity by the creation of low-energy resonance state, the Dirac point is not locally destroyed. We discuss our results in terms of the expected protected surface state of topological insulators. © 2012 American Physical Society.
AU - Alpichshev, Zhanybek
AU - Biswas, Rudro
AU - Balatsky, Alexander
AU - Analytis, James
AU - Chu, Jiunhaw
AU - Fisher, Ian
AU - Kapitulnik, Aharon
ID - 387
IS - 20
JF - Physical Review Letters
TI - STM imaging of impurity resonances on Bi 2Se 3
VL - 108
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We summarize classical and recent results about two-player games played on graphs with ω-regular objectives. These games have applications in the verification and synthesis of reactive systems. Important distinctions are whether a graph game is turn-based or concurrent; deterministic or stochastic; zero-sum or not. We cluster known results and open problems according to these classifications.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
ID - 3846
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Computer and System Sciences
TI - A survey of stochastic ω regular games
VL - 78
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present a method for recovering a temporally coherent, deforming triangle mesh with arbitrarily changing topology from an incoherent sequence of static closed surfaces. We solve this problem using the surface geometry alone, without any prior information like surface templates or velocity fields. Our system combines a proven strategy for triangle mesh improvement, a robust multi-resolution non-rigid registration routine, and a reliable technique for changing surface mesh topology. We also introduce a novel topological constraint enforcement algorithm to ensure that the output and input always have similar topology. We apply our technique to a series of diverse input data from video reconstructions, physics simulations, and artistic morphs. The structured output of our algorithm allows us to efficiently track information like colors and displacement maps, recover velocity information, and solve PDEs on the mesh as a post process.
AU - Bojsen-Hansen, Morten
AU - Li, Hao
AU - Wojtan, Christopher J
ID - 3118
IS - 4
JF - ACM Transactions on Graphics
TI - Tracking surfaces with evolving topology
VL - 31
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We describe RTblob, a high speed vision system that detects objects in cluttered scenes based on their color and shape at a speed of over 800 frames/s. Because the system is available as open-source software and relies only on off-the-shelf PC hardware components, it can provide the basis for multiple application scenarios. As an illustrative example, we show how RTblob can be used in a robotic table tennis scenario to estimate ball trajectories through 3D space simultaneously from four cameras images at a speed of 200 Hz.
AU - Lampert, Christoph
AU - Peters, Jan
ID - 3248
IS - 1
JF - Journal of Real-Time Image Processing
SN - 1861-8200
TI - Real-time detection of colored objects in multiple camera streams with off-the-shelf hardware components
VL - 7
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - It has been an open question whether the sum of finitely many isotropic Gaussian kernels in n ≥ 2 dimensions can have more modes than kernels, until in 2003 Carreira-Perpiñán and Williams exhibited n +1 isotropic Gaussian kernels in ℝ n with n + 2 modes. We give a detailed analysis of this example, showing that it has exponentially many critical points and that the resilience of the extra mode grows like √n. In addition, we exhibit finite configurations of isotropic Gaussian kernels with superlinearly many modes.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Fasy, Brittany
AU - Rote, Günter
ID - 3134
T2 - Proceedings of the twenty-eighth annual symposium on Computational geometry
TI - Add isotropic Gaussian kernels at own risk: More and more resilient modes in higher dimensions
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - HSF(C) is a tool that automates verification of safety and liveness properties for C programs. This paper describes the verification approach taken by HSF(C) and provides instructions on how to install and use the tool.
AU - Grebenshchikov, Sergey
AU - Gupta, Ashutosh
AU - Lopes, Nuno P.
AU - Popeea, Corneliu
AU - Rybalchenko, Andrey
ED - Flanagan, Cormac
ED - König, Barbara
ID - 10906
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems
TI - HSF(C): A software verifier based on Horn clauses
VL - 7214
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Multi-dimensional mean-payoff and energy games provide the mathematical foundation for the quantitative study of reactive systems, and play a central role in the emerging quantitative theory of verification and synthesis. In this work, we study the strategy synthesis problem for games with such multi-dimensional objectives along with a parity condition, a canonical way to express ω-regular conditions. While in general, the winning strategies in such games may require infinite memory, for synthesis the most relevant problem is the construction of a finite-memory winning strategy (if one exists). Our main contributions are as follows. First, we show a tight exponential bound (matching upper and lower bounds) on the memory required for finite-memory winning strategies in both multi-dimensional mean-payoff and energy games along with parity objectives. This significantly improves the triple exponential upper bound for multi energy games (without parity) that could be derived from results in literature for games on VASS (vector addition systems with states). Second, we present an optimal symbolic and incremental algorithm to compute a finite-memory winning strategy (if one exists) in such games. Finally, we give a complete characterization of when finite memory of strategies can be traded off for randomness. In particular, we show that for one-dimension mean-payoff parity games, randomized memoryless strategies are as powerful as their pure finite-memory counterparts.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Randour, Mickael
AU - Raskin, Jean-François
ED - Koutny, Maciej
ED - Ulidowski, Irek
ID - 10904
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - CONCUR 2012 - Concurrency Theory
TI - Strategy synthesis for multi-dimensional quantitative objectives
VL - 7454
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We propose a logic-based framework for automated reasoning about sequential programs manipulating singly-linked lists and arrays with unbounded data. We introduce the logic SLAD, which allows combining shape constraints, written in a fragment of Separation Logic, with data and size constraints. We address the problem of checking the entailment between SLAD formulas, which is crucial in performing pre-post condition reasoning. Although this problem is undecidable in general for SLAD, we propose a sound and powerful procedure that is able to solve this problem for a large class of formulas, beyond the capabilities of existing techniques and tools. We prove that this procedure is complete, i.e., it is actually a decision procedure for this problem, for an important fragment of SLAD including known decidable logics. We implemented this procedure and shown its preciseness and its efficiency on a significant benchmark of formulas.
AU - Bouajjani, Ahmed
AU - Dragoi, Cezara
AU - Enea, Constantin
AU - Sighireanu, Mihaela
ID - 10903
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - Automated Technology for Verification and Analysis
TI - Accurate invariant checking for programs manipulating lists and arrays with infinite data
VL - 7561
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Under physiological conditions the brain, via the purine salvage pathway, reuses the preformed purine bases hypoxanthine, derived from ATP degradation, and adenine (Ade), derived from polyamine synthesis, to restore its ATP pool. However, the massive degradation of ATP during ischemia, although providing valuable neuroprotective adenosine, results in the accumulation and loss of diffusible purine metabolites and thereby leads to a protracted reduction in the post-ischemic ATP pool size. In vivo, this may both limit the ability to deploy ATP-dependent reparative mechanisms and reduce the subsequent availability of adenosine, whilst in brain slices results in tissue with substantially lower levels of ATP than in vivo. In the present review, we describe the mechanisms by which brain tissue replenishes its ATP, how this can be improved with the clinically tolerated chemicals D-ribose and adenine, and the functional, and potential therapeutic, implications of doing so.
AU - zur Nedden, Stephanie
AU - Doney, Alexander S.
AU - Frenguelli, Bruno G.
ED - Masino, Susan
ED - Boison, Detlev
ID - 10896
SN - 9781461439028
T2 - Adenosine
TI - The double-edged sword: Gaining Adenosine at the expense of ATP. How to balance the books
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TY - JOUR
AB - The Nuclear Envelope (NE) contains over 100 different proteins that associate with nuclear components such as chromatin, the lamina and the transcription machinery. Mutations in genes encoding NE proteins have been shown to result in tissue-specific defects and disease, suggesting cell-type specific differences in NE composition and function. Consistent with these observations, recent studies have revealed unexpected functions for numerous NE associated proteins during cell differentiation and development. Here we review the latest insights into the roles played by the NE in cell differentiation, development, disease and aging, focusing primarily on inner nuclear membrane (INM) proteins and nuclear pore components.
AU - Gomez-Cavazos, J Sebastian
AU - HETZER, Martin W
ID - 11089
IS - 6
JF - Current Opinion in Cell Biology
KW - Cell Biology
SN - 0955-0674
TI - Outfits for different occasions: tissue-specific roles of Nuclear Envelope proteins
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Neoplastic cells are often characterized by specific morphological abnormalities of the nuclear envelope (NE), which have been used for cancer diagnosis for more than a century. The NE is a double phospholipid bilayer that encapsulates the nuclear genome, regulates all nuclear trafficking of RNAs and proteins and prevents the passive diffusion of macromolecules between the nucleoplasm and the cytoplasm. Whether there is a consequence to the proper functioning of the cell and loss of structural integrity of the nucleus remains unclear. Using live cell imaging, we characterize a phenomenon wherein nuclei of several proliferating human cancer cell lines become temporarily ruptured during interphase. Strikingly, NE rupturing was associated with the mislocalization of nucleoplasmic and cytoplasmic proteins and, in the most extreme cases, the entrapment of cytoplasmic organelles in the nuclear interior. In addition, we observed the formation of micronuclei-like structures during interphase and the movement of chromatin out of the nuclear space. The frequency of these NE rupturing events was higher in cells in which the nuclear lamina, a network of intermediate filaments providing mechanical support to the NE, was not properly formed. Our data uncover the existence of a NE instability that has the potential to change the genomic landscape of cancer cells.
AU - Vargas, Jesse D.
AU - Hatch, Emily M.
AU - Anderson, Daniel J.
AU - HETZER, Martin W
ID - 11091
IS - 1
JF - Nucleus
KW - Cell Biology
SN - 1949-1034
TI - Transient nuclear envelope rupturing during interphase in human cancer cells
VL - 3
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) are built from ∼30 different proteins called nucleoporins or Nups. Previous studies have shown that several Nups exhibit cell-type-specific expression and that mutations in NPC components result in tissue-specific diseases. Here we show that a specific change in NPC composition is required for both myogenic and neuronal differentiation. The transmembrane nucleoporin Nup210 is absent in proliferating myoblasts and embryonic stem cells (ESCs) but becomes expressed and incorporated into NPCs during cell differentiation. Preventing Nup210 production by RNAi blocks myogenesis and the differentiation of ESCs into neuroprogenitors. We found that the addition of Nup210 to NPCs does not affect nuclear transport but is required for the induction of genes that are essential for cell differentiation. Our results identify a single change in NPC composition as an essential step in cell differentiation and establish a role for Nup210 in gene expression regulation and cell fate determination.
AU - D'Angelo, Maximiliano A.
AU - Gomez-Cavazos, J. Sebastian
AU - Mei, Arianna
AU - Lackner, Daniel H.
AU - HETZER, Martin W
ID - 11093
IS - 2
JF - Developmental Cell
KW - Developmental Biology
KW - Cell Biology
KW - General Biochemistry
KW - Genetics and Molecular Biology
KW - Molecular Biology
SN - 1534-5807
TI - A change in nuclear pore complex composition regulates cell differentiation
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - To combat the functional decline of the proteome, cells use the process of protein turnover to replace potentially impaired polypeptides with new functional copies. We found that extremely long-lived proteins (ELLPs) did not turn over in postmitotic cells of the rat central nervous system. These ELLPs were associated with chromatin and the nuclear pore complex, the central transport channels that mediate all molecular trafficking in and out of the nucleus. The longevity of these proteins would be expected to expose them to potentially harmful metabolites, putting them at risk of accumulating damage over extended periods of time. Thus, it is possible that failure to maintain proper levels and functional integrity of ELLPs in nonproliferative cells might contribute to age-related deterioration in cell and tissue function.
AU - Savas, Jeffrey N.
AU - Toyama, Brandon H.
AU - Xu, Tao
AU - Yates, John R.
AU - HETZER, Martin W
ID - 11092
IS - 6071
JF - Science
KW - Multidisciplinary
SN - 0036-8075
TI - Extremely long-lived nuclear pore proteins in the rat brain
VL - 335
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Nuclear export of mRNAs is thought to occur exclusively through nuclear pore complexes. In this issue of Cell, Speese et al. identify an alternate pathway for mRNA export in muscle cells where ribonucleoprotein complexes involved in forming neuromuscular junctions transit the nuclear envelope by fusing with and budding through the nuclear membrane.
AU - Hatch, Emily M.
AU - HETZER, Martin W
ID - 11090
IS - 4
JF - Cell
KW - General Biochemistry
KW - Genetics and Molecular Biology
SN - 0092-8674
TI - RNP export by nuclear envelope budding
VL - 149
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Energy games belong to a class of turn-based two-player infinite-duration games played on a weighted directed graph. It is one of the rare and intriguing combinatorial problems that lie in NP ∩ co−NP, but are not known to be in P. While the existence of polynomial-time algorithms has been a major open problem for decades, there is no algorithm that solves any non-trivial subclass in polynomial time.
In this paper, we give several results based on the weight structures of the graph. First, we identify a notion of penalty and present a polynomial-time algorithm when the penalty is large. Our algorithm is the first polynomial-time algorithm on a large class of weighted graphs. It includes several counter examples that show that many previous algorithms, such as value iteration and random facet algorithms, require at least sub-exponential time. Our main technique is developing the first non-trivial approximation algorithm and showing how to convert it to an exact algorithm. Moreover, we show that in a practical case in verification where weights are clustered around a constant number of values, the energy game problem can be solved in polynomial time. We also show that the problem is still as hard as in general when the clique-width is bounded or the graph is strongly ergodic, suggesting that restricting graph structures need not help.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Monika H
AU - Krinninger, Sebastian
AU - Nanongkai, Danupon
ED - Epstein, Leah
ED - Ferragina, Paolo
ID - 10905
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - Algorithms – ESA 2012
TI - Polynomial-time algorithms for energy games with special weight structures
VL - 7501
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The Seebeck coefficients, electrical resistivities, total thermal conductivities, and magnetization are reported for temperatures between 5 and 350 K for n-type Bi0.88Sb0.12 nano-composite alloys made by Ho-doping at the 0, 1, and 3 % atomic levels. The alloys were prepared using a dc hot-pressing method, and are shown to be single phase for both Ho contents with grain sizes on the average of 900 nm. We find the parent compound has a maximum of ZT = 0.28 at 231 K, while doping 1 % Ho increases the maximum ZT to 0.31 at 221 K and the 3 % doped sample suppresses the maximum ZT = 0.24 at a temperature of 260 K.
AU - Lukas, K. C.
AU - Joshi, G.
AU - Modic, Kimberly A
AU - Ren, Z. F.
AU - Opeil, C. P.
ID - 11751
IS - 15
JF - Journal of Materials Science
SN - 0022-2461
TI - Thermoelectric properties of Ho-doped Bi0.88Sb0.12
VL - 47
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Computing the winning set for Büchi objectives in alternating games on graphs is a central problem in computer aided verification with a large number of applications. The long standing best known upper bound for solving the problem is Õ(n·m), where n is the number of vertices and m is the number of edges in the graph. We are the first to break the Õ(n·m) boundary by presenting a new technique that reduces the running time to O(n 2). This bound also leads to O(n 2) time algorithms for computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices for Büchi objectives (1) in alternating games with probabilistic transitions (improving an earlier bound of Õ(n·m)), (2) in concurrent graph games with constant actions (improving an earlier bound of O(n 3)), and (3) in Markov decision processes (improving for m > n 4/3 an earlier bound of O(min(m 1.5, m·n 2/3)). We also show that the same technique can be used to compute the maximal end-component decomposition of a graph in time O(n 2), which is an improvement over earlier bounds for m > n 4/3. Finally, we show how to maintain the winning set for Büchi objectives in alternating games under a sequence of edge insertions or a sequence of edge deletions in O(n) amortized time per operation. This is the first dynamic algorithm for this problem.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Monika H
ID - 3165
T2 - Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
TI - An O(n2) time algorithm for alternating Büchi games
ER -