TY - JOUR
AB - We present a hybrid intercalation battery based on a sodium/magnesium (Na/Mg) dual salt electrolyte, metallic magnesium anode, and a cathode based on FeS2 nanocrystals (NCs). Compared to lithium or sodium, metallic magnesium anode is safer due to dendrite-free electroplating and offers extremely high volumetric (3833 mAh cm-3) and gravimetric capacities (2205 mAh g-1). Na-ion cathodes, FeS2 NCs in the present study, may serve as attractive alternatives to Mg-ion cathodes due to the higher voltage of operation and fast, highly reversible insertion of Na-ions. In this proof-of-concept study, electrochemical cycling of the Na/Mg hybrid battery was characterized by high rate capability, high Coulombic efficiency of 99.8%, and high energy density. In particular, with an average discharge voltage of ∼1.1 V and a cathodic capacity of 189 mAh g-1 at a current of 200 mA g-1, the presented Mg/FeS2 hybrid battery delivers energy densities of up to 210 Wh kg-1, comparable to commercial Li-ion batteries and approximately twice as high as state-of-the-art Mg-ion batteries based on Mo6S8 cathodes. Further significant gains in the energy density are expected from the development of Na/Mg electrolytes with a broader electrochemical stability window. Fully based on Earth-abundant elements, hybrid Na-Mg batteries are highly promising for large-scale stationary energy storage.
AU - Walter, Marc
AU - Kravchyk, Kostiantyn
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Kovalenko, Maksym
ID - 333
IS - 21
JF - Chemistry of Materials
TI - Efficient and inexpensive sodium magnesium hybrid battery
VL - 27
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A cation exchange-based route was used to produce Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS)-Ag2S nanoparticles with controlled composition. We report a detailed study of the formation of such CZTS-Ag2S nanoheterostructures and of their photocatalytic properties. When compared to pure CZTS, the use of nanoscale p-n heterostructures as light absorbers for photocatalytic water splitting provides superior photocurrents. We associate this experimental fact to a higher separation efficiency of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs. We believe this and other type-II nanoheterostructures will open the door to the use of CZTS, with excellent light absorption properties and made of abundant and environmental friendly elements, to the field of photocatalysis.
AU - Yu, Xuelian
AU - Liu, Jingjing
AU - Genç, Aziz
AU - Ibáñez, Maria
AU - Luo, Zhishan
AU - Shavel, Alexey
AU - Arbiol, Jordi
AU - Zhang, Guangjin
AU - Zhang, Yihe
AU - Cabot, Andreu
ID - 334
IS - 38
JF - Langmuir
TI - Cu2ZnSnS4–Ag2S Nanoscale p–n heterostructures as sensitizers for photoelectrochemical water splitting
VL - 31
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - The fact that a disordered material is not constrained in its properties in
the same way as a crystal presents significant and yet largely untapped
potential for novel material design. However, unlike their crystalline
counterparts, disordered solids are not well understood. One of the primary
obstacles is the lack of a theoretical framework for thinking about disorder
and its relation to mechanical properties. To this end, we study an idealized
system of frictionless athermal soft spheres that, when compressed, undergoes a
jamming phase transition with diverging length scales and clean power-law
signatures. This critical point is the cornerstone of a much larger "jamming
scenario" that has the potential to provide the essential theoretical
foundation necessary for a unified understanding of the mechanics of disordered
solids. We begin by showing that jammed sphere packings have a valid linear
regime despite the presence of "contact nonlinearities." We then investigate
the critical nature of the transition, focusing on diverging length scales and
finite-size effects. Next, we argue that jamming plays the same role for
disordered solids as the perfect crystal plays for crystalline solids. Not only
can it be considered an idealized starting point for understanding disordered
materials, but it can even influence systems that have a relatively high amount
of crystalline order. The behavior of solids can thus be thought of as existing
on a spectrum, with the perfect crystal and the jamming transition at opposing
ends. Finally, we introduce a new principle wherein the contribution of an
individual bond to one global property is independent of its contribution to
another. This principle allows the different global responses of a disordered
system to be manipulated independently and provides a great deal of flexibility
in designing materials with unique, textured and tunable properties.
AU - Goodrich, Carl Peter
ID - 7779
T2 - arXiv:1510.08820
TI - Unearthing the anticrystal: Criticality in the linear response of disordered solids
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Several Hybrid Transactional Memory (HyTM) schemes have recently been proposed to complement the fast, but best-effort nature of Hardware Transactional Memory (HTM) with a slow, reliable software backup. However, the costs of providing concurrency between hardware and software transactions in HyTM are still not well understood. In this paper, we propose a general model for HyTM implementations, which captures the ability of hardware transactions to buffer memory accesses. The model allows us to formally quantify and analyze the amount of overhead (instrumentation) caused by the potential presence of software transactions.We prove that (1) it is impossible to build a strictly serializable HyTM implementation that has both uninstrumented reads and writes, even for very weak progress guarantees, and (2) the instrumentation cost incurred by a hardware transaction in any progressive opaque HyTM is linear in the size of the transaction’s data set.We further describe two implementations which exhibit optimal instrumentation costs for two different progress conditions. In sum, this paper proposes the first formal HyTM model and captures for the first time the trade-off between the degree of hardware-software TM concurrency and the amount of instrumentation overhead.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Kopinsky, Justin
AU - Kuznetsov, Petr
AU - Ravi, Srivatsan
AU - Shavit, Nir
ID - 778
TI - Inherent limitations of hybrid transactional memory
VL - 9363
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The concurrent memory reclamation problem is that of devising a way for a deallocating thread to verify that no other concurrent threads hold references to a memory block being deallocated. To date, in the absence of automatic garbage collection, there is no satisfactory solution to this problem; existing tracking methods like hazard pointers, reference counters, or epoch-based techniques like RCU, are either prohibitively expensive or require significant programming expertise, to the extent that implementing them efficiently can be worthy of a publication. None of the existing techniques are automatic or even semi-automated. In this paper, we take a new approach to concurrent memory reclamation: instead of manually tracking access to memory locations as done in techniques like hazard pointers, or restricting shared accesses to specific epoch boundaries as in RCU, our algorithm, called ThreadScan, leverages operating system signaling to automatically detect which memory locations are being accessed by concurrent threads. Initial empirical evidence shows that ThreadScan scales surprisingly well and requires negligible programming effort beyond the standard use of Malloc and Free.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Matveev, Alexander
AU - Leiserson, William
AU - Shavit, Nir
ID - 779
TI - ThreadScan: Automatic and scalable memory reclamation
VL - 2015-June
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Population protocols are networks of finite-state agents, interacting randomly, and updating their states using simple rules. Despite their extreme simplicity, these systems have been shown to cooperatively perform complex computational tasks, such as simulating register machines to compute standard arithmetic functions. The election of a unique leader agent is a key requirement in such computational constructions. Yet, the fastest currently known population protocol for electing a leader only has linear convergence time, and it has recently been shown that no population protocol using a constant number of states per node may overcome this linear bound. In this paper, we give the first population protocol for leader election with polylogarithmic convergence time, using polylogarithmic memory states per node. The protocol structure is quite simple: each node has an associated value, and is either a leader (still in contention) or a minion (following some leader). A leader keeps incrementing its value and “defeats” other leaders in one-to-one interactions, and will drop from contention and become a minion if it meets a leader with higher value. Importantly, a leader also drops out if it meets a minion with higher absolute value. While these rules are quite simple, the proof that this algorithm achieves polylogarithmic convergence time is non-trivial. In particular, the argument combines careful use of concentration inequalities with anti-concentration bounds, showing that the leaders’ values become spread apart as the execution progresses, which in turn implies that straggling leaders get quickly eliminated. We complement our analysis with empirical results, showing that our protocol converges extremely fast, even for large network sizes.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Gelashvili, Rati
ID - 780
TI - Polylogarithmic-time leader election in population protocols
VL - 9135
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Population protocols, roughly defined as systems consisting of large numbers of simple identical agents, interacting at random and updating their state following simple rules, are an important research topic at the intersection of distributed computing and biology. One of the fundamental tasks that a population protocol may solve is majority: each node starts in one of two states; the goal is for all nodes to reach a correct consensus on which of the two states was initially the majority. Despite considerable research effort, known protocols for this problem are either exact but slow (taking linear parallel time to converge), or fast but approximate (with non-zero probability of error). In this paper, we show that this trade-off between preciasion and speed is not inherent. We present a new protocol called Average and Conquer (AVC) that solves majority ex-actly in expected parallel convergence time O(log n/(sε) + log n log s), where n is the number of nodes, εn is the initial node advantage of the majority state, and s = Ω(log n log log n) is the number of states the protocol employs. This shows that the majority problem can be solved exactly in time poly-logarithmic in n, provided that the memory per node is s = Ω(1/ε + lognlog1/ε). On the negative side, we establish a lower bound of Ω(1/ε) on the expected paraallel convergence time for the case of four memory states per node, and a lower bound of Ω(logn) parallel time for protocols using any number of memory states per node.per node, and a lower bound of (log n) parallel time for protocols using any number of memory states per node.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Gelashvili, Rati
AU - Vojnović, Milan
ID - 781
TI - Fast and exact majority in population protocols
VL - 2015-July
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In this work, we consider the following random process, mo- Tivated by the analysis of lock-free concurrent algorithms under high memory contention. In each round, a new scheduling step is allocated to one of n threads, according to a distribution p = (p1; p2; : : : ; pn), where thread i is scheduled with probability pi. When some thread first reaches a set threshold of executed steps, it registers a win, completing its current operation, and resets its step count to 1. At the same time, threads whose step count was close to the threshold also get reset because of the win, but to 0 steps, being penalized for almost winning. We are interested in two questions: how often does some thread complete an operation (system latency), and how often does a specific thread complete an operation (individual latency)? We provide asymptotically tight bounds for the system and individual latency of this general concurrency pattern, for arbitrary scheduling distributions p. Surprisingly, a sim- ple characterization exists: in expectation, the system will complete a new operation every Θ(1/p 2) steps, while thread i will complete a new operation every Θ(1/2=p i ) steps. The proof is interesting in its own right, as it requires a careful analysis of how the higher norms of the vector p inuence the thread step counts and latencies in this random process. Our result offers a simple connection between the scheduling distribution and the average performance of concurrent algorithms, which has several applications.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Sauerwald, Thomas
AU - Vojnović, Milan
ID - 782
TI - Lock-Free algorithms under stochastic schedulers
VL - 2015-July
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The problem of electing a leader from among n contenders is one of the fundamental questions in distributed computing. In its simplest formulation, the task is as follows: given n processors, all participants must eventually return a win or lose indication, such that a single contender may win. Despite a considerable amount of work on leader election, the following question is still open: can we elect a leader in an asynchronous fault-prone system faster than just running a Θ(log n)-time tournament, against a strong adaptive adversary? In this paper, we answer this question in the affirmative, improving on a decades-old upper bound. We introduce two new algorithmic ideas to reduce the time complexity of electing a leader to O(log∗ n), using O(n2) point-to-point messages. A non-trivial application of our algorithm is a new upper bound for the tight renaming problem, assigning n items to the n participants in expected O(log2 n) time and O(n2) messages. We complement our results with lower bound of Ω(n2) messages for solving these two problems, closing the question of their message complexity.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Gelashvili, Rati
AU - Vladu, Adrian
ID - 783
TI - How to elect a leader faster than a tournament
VL - 2015-July
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We demonstrate an optical switch design that can scale up to a thousand ports with high per-port bandwidth (25 Gbps+) and low switching latency (40 ns). Our design uses a broadcast and select architecture, based on a passive star coupler and fast tunable transceivers. In addition we employ time division multiplexing to achieve very low switching latency. Our demo shows the feasibility of the switch data plane using a small testbed, comprising two transmitters and a receiver, connected through a star coupler.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Ballani, Hitesh
AU - Costa, Paolo
AU - Funnell, Adam
AU - Benjamin, Joshua
AU - Watts, Philip
AU - Thomsen, Benn
ID - 784
SN - 978-1-4503-3542-3
TI - A high-radix, low-latency optical switch for data centers
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Glycoinositolphosphoceramides (GIPCs) are complex sphingolipids present at the plasma membrane of various eukaryotes with the important exception of mammals. In fungi, these glycosphingolipids commonly contain an alpha-mannose residue (Man) linked at position 2 of the inositol. However, several pathogenic fungi additionally synthesize zwitterionic GIPCs carrying an alpha-glucosamine residue (GlcN) at this position. In the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus, the GlcNalpha1,2IPC core (where IPC is inositolphosphoceramide) is elongated to Manalpha1,3Manalpha1,6GlcNalpha1,2IPC, which is the most abundant GIPC synthesized by this fungus. In this study, we identified an A. fumigatus N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase, named GntA, and demonstrate its involvement in the initiation of zwitterionic GIPC biosynthesis. Targeted deletion of the gene encoding GntA in A. fumigatus resulted in complete absence of zwitterionic GIPC; a phenotype that could be reverted by episomal expression of GntA in the mutant. The N-acetylhexosaminyltransferase activity of GntA was substantiated by production of N-acetylhexosamine-IPC in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae upon GntA expression. Using an in vitro assay, GntA was furthermore shown to use UDP-N-acetylglucosamine as donor substrate to generate a glycolipid product resistant to saponification and to digestion by phosphatidylinositol-phospholipase C as expected for GlcNAcalpha1,2IPC. Finally, as the enzymes involved in mannosylation of IPC, GntA was localized to the Golgi apparatus, the site of IPC synthesis.
AU - Engel, Jakob
AU - Schmalhorst, Philipp S
AU - Kruger, Anke
AU - Muller, Christina
AU - Buettner, Falk
AU - Routier, Françoise
ID - 802
IS - 12
JF - Glycobiology
TI - Characterization of an N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase involved in Aspergillus fumigatus zwitterionic glycoinositolphosphoceramide biosynthesis
VL - 25
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) assembly proceeds in two stages. First, the 55 kilodalton viral Gag polyprotein assembles into a hexameric protein lattice at the plasma membrane of the infected cell, inducing budding and release of an immature particle. Second, Gag is cleaved by the viral protease, leading to internal rearrangement of the virus into the mature, infectious form. Immature and mature HIV-1 particles are heterogeneous in size and morphology, preventing high-resolution analysis of their protein arrangement in situ by conventional structural biology methods. Here we apply cryo-electron tomography and sub-tomogram averaging methods to resolve the structure of the capsid lattice within intact immature HIV-1 particles at subnanometre resolution, allowing unambiguous positioning of all Î±-helices. The resulting model reveals tertiary and quaternary structural interactions that mediate HIV-1 assembly. Strikingly, these interactions differ from those predicted by the current model based on in vitro-assembled arrays of Gag-derived proteins from Mason-Pfizer monkey virus. To validate this difference, we solve the structure of the capsid lattice within intact immature Mason-Pfizer monkey virus particles. Comparison with the immature HIV-1 structure reveals that retroviral capsid proteins, while having conserved tertiary structures, adopt different quaternary arrangements during virus assembly. The approach demonstrated here should be applicable to determine structures of other proteins at subnanometre resolution within heterogeneous environments.
AU - Florian Schur
AU - Hagen, Wim J
AU - Rumlová, Michaela
AU - Ruml, Tomáš
AU - Müller B
AU - Kraüsslich, Hans Georg
AU - Briggs, John A
ID - 814
IS - 7535
JF - Nature
TI - Structure of the immature HIV-1 capsid in intact virus particles at 8.8 Å resolution
VL - 517
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The polyprotein Gag is the primary structural component of retroviruses. Gag consists of independently folded domains connected by flexible linkers. Interactions between the conserved capsid (CA) domains of Gag mediate formation of hexameric protein lattices that drive assembly of immature virus particles. Proteolytic cleavage of Gag by the viral protease (PR) is required for maturation of retroviruses from an immature form into an infectious form. Within the assembled Gag lattices of HIV-1 and Mason- Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV), the C-terminal domain of CA adopts similar quaternary arrangements, while the N-terminal domain of CA is packed in very different manners. Here, we have used cryo-electron tomography and subtomogram averaging to study in vitro-assembled, immature virus-like Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) Gag particles and have determined the structure of CA and the surrounding regions to a resolution of ~8 Å. We found that the C-terminal domain of RSV CA is arranged similarly to HIV-1 and M-PMV, whereas the N-terminal domain of CA adopts a novel arrangement in which the upstream p10 domain folds back into the CA lattice. In this position the cleavage site between CA and p10 appears to be inaccessible to PR. Below CA, an extended density is consistent with the presence of a six-helix bundle formed by the spacer-peptide region. We have also assessed the affect of lattice assembly on proteolytic processing by exogenous PR. The cleavage between p10 and CA is indeed inhibited in the assembled lattice, a finding consistent with structural regulation of proteolytic maturation.
AU - Schur, Florian
AU - Dick, Robert
AU - Hagen, Wim
AU - Vogt, Volker
AU - Briggs, John
ID - 815
IS - 20
JF - Journal of Virology
TI - The structure of immature virus like Rous sarcoma virus gag particles reveals a structural role for the p10 domain in assembly
VL - 89
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Einhorn, Lukas
AU - Fazekas, Judit
AU - Muhr, Martina
AU - Schoos, Alexandra
AU - Oida, Kumiko
AU - Singer, Josef
AU - Panakova, Lucia
AU - Manzano-Szalai, Krisztina
AU - Jensen-Jarolim, Erika
ID - 8242
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
SN - 0091-6749
TI - Generation of recombinant FcεRIα of dog, cat and horse for component-resolved allergy diagnosis in veterinary patients
VL - 135
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Plants maintain capacity to form new organs such as leaves, flowers, lateral shoots and roots throughout their postembryonic lifetime. Lateral roots (LRs) originate from a few pericycle cells that acquire attributes of founder cells (FCs), undergo series of anticlinal divisions, and give rise to a few short initial cells. After initiation, coordinated cell division and differentiation occur, giving rise to lateral root primordia (LRP). Primordia continue to grow, emerge through the cortex and epidermal layers of the primary root, and finally a new apical meristem is established taking over the responsibility for growth of mature lateral roots [for detailed description of the individual stages of lateral root organogenesis see Malamy and Benfey (1997)]. To examine this highly dynamic developmental process and to investigate a role of various hormonal, genetic and environmental factors in the regulation of lateral root organogenesis, the real time imaging based analyses represent extremely powerful tools (Laskowski et al., 2008; De Smet et al., 2012; Marhavy et al., 2013 and 2014). Herein, we describe a protocol for real time lateral root primordia (LRP) analysis, which enables the monitoring of an onset of the specific gene expression and subcellular protein localization during primordia organogenesis, as well as the evaluation of the impact of genetic and environmental perturbations on LRP organogenesis.
AU - Peter Marhavy
AU - Eva Benková
ID - 832
IS - 8
JF - Bio-protocol
TI - Real time analysis of lateral root organogenesis in arabidopsis
VL - 5
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The large majority of three-dimensional structures of biological macromolecules have been determined by X-ray diffraction of crystalline samples. High-resolution structure determination crucially depends on the homogeneity of the protein crystal. Overall ‘rocking’ motion of molecules in the crystal is expected to influence diffraction quality, and such motion may therefore affect the process of solving crystal structures. Yet, so far overall molecular motion has not directly been observed in protein crystals, and the timescale of such dynamics remains unclear. Here we use solid-state NMR, X-ray diffraction methods and μs-long molecular dynamics simulations to directly characterize the rigid-body motion of a protein in different crystal forms. For ubiquitin crystals investigated in this study we determine the range of possible correlation times of rocking motion, 0.1–100 μs. The amplitude of rocking varies from one crystal form to another and is correlated with the resolution obtainable in X-ray diffraction experiments.
AU - Ma, Peixiang
AU - Xue, Yi
AU - Coquelle, Nicolas
AU - Haller, Jens D.
AU - Yuwen, Tairan
AU - Ayala, Isabel
AU - Mikhailovskii, Oleg
AU - Willbold, Dieter
AU - Colletier, Jacques-Philippe
AU - Skrynnikov, Nikolai R.
AU - Schanda, Paul
ID - 8456
JF - Nature Communications
KW - General Biochemistry
KW - Genetics and Molecular Biology
KW - General Physics and Astronomy
KW - General Chemistry
SN - 2041-1723
TI - Observing the overall rocking motion of a protein in a crystal
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We review recent advances in methodologies to study microseconds‐to‐milliseconds exchange processes in biological molecules using magic‐angle spinning solid‐state nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS ssNMR) spectroscopy. The particularities of MAS ssNMR, as compared to solution‐state NMR, are elucidated using numerical simulations and experimental data. These simulations reveal the potential of MAS NMR to provide detailed insight into short‐lived conformations of biological molecules. Recent studies of conformational exchange dynamics in microcrystalline ubiquitin are discussed.
AU - Ma, Peixiang
AU - Schanda, Paul
ID - 8457
IS - 3
JF - eMagRes
SN - 9780470034590
TI - Conformational exchange processes in biological systems: Detection by solid-state NMR
VL - 4
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The nature of factors governing the tempo and mode of protein evolution is a fundamental issue in evolutionary biology. Specifically, whether or not interactions between different sites, or epistasis, are important in directing the course of evolution became one of the central questions. Several recent reports have scrutinized patterns of long-term protein evolution claiming them to be compatible only with an epistatic fitness landscape. However, these claims have not yet been substantiated with a formal model of protein evolution. Here, we formulate a simple covarion-like model of protein evolution focusing on the rate at which the fitness impact of amino acids at a site changes with time. We then apply the model to the data on convergent and divergent protein evolution to test whether or not the incorporation of epistatic interactions is necessary to explain the data. We find that convergent evolution cannot be explained without the incorporation of epistasis and the rate at which an amino acid state switches from being acceptable at a site to being deleterious is faster than the rate of amino acid substitution. Specifically, for proteins that have persisted in modern prokaryotic organisms since the last universal common ancestor for one amino acid substitution approximately ten amino acid states switch from being accessible to being deleterious, or vice versa. Thus, molecular evolution can only be perceived in the context of rapid turnover of which amino acids are available for evolution.
AU - Usmanova, Dinara
AU - Ferretti, Luca
AU - Povolotskaya, Inna
AU - Vlasov, Peter
AU - Kondrashov, Fyodor
ID - 848
IS - 2
JF - Molecular Biology and Evolution
TI - A model of substitution trajectories in sequence space and long-term protein evolution
VL - 32
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this note, we consider the dynamics associated to a perturbation of an integrable Hamiltonian system in action-angle coordinates in any number of degrees of freedom and we prove the following result of ``micro-diffusion'': under generic assumptions on $ h$ and $ f$, there exists an orbit of the system for which the drift of its action variables is at least of order $ \sqrt {\varepsilon }$, after a time of order $ \sqrt {\varepsilon }^{-1}$. The assumptions, which are essentially minimal, are that there exists a resonant point for $ h$ and that the corresponding averaged perturbation is non-constant. The conclusions, although very weak when compared to usual instability phenomena, are also essentially optimal within this setting.
AU - Bounemoura, Abed
AU - Kaloshin, Vadim
ID - 8495
IS - 4
JF - Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society
SN - 0002-9939
TI - A note on micro-instability for Hamiltonian systems close to integrable
VL - 144
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In the present note we announce a proof of a strong form of Arnold diffusion for smooth convex Hamiltonian systems. Let ${\mathbb T}^2$ be a 2-dimensional torus and B2 be the unit ball around the origin in ${\mathbb R}^2$ . Fix ρ > 0. Our main result says that for a 'generic' time-periodic perturbation of an integrable system of two degrees of freedom $H_0(p)+\varepsilon H_1(\theta,p,t),\quad \ \theta\in {\mathbb T}^2,\ p\in B^2,\ t\in {\mathbb T}={\mathbb R}/{\mathbb Z}$ , with a strictly convex H0, there exists a ρ-dense orbit (θε, pε, t)(t) in ${\mathbb T}^2 \times B^2 \times {\mathbb T}$ , namely, a ρ-neighborhood of the orbit contains ${\mathbb T}^2 \times B^2 \times {\mathbb T}$ .
Our proof is a combination of geometric and variational methods. The fundamental elements of the construction are the usage of crumpled normally hyperbolic invariant cylinders from [9], flower and simple normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds from [36] as well as their kissing property at a strong double resonance. This allows us to build a 'connected' net of three-dimensional normally hyperbolic invariant manifolds. To construct diffusing orbits along this net we employ a version of the Mather variational method [41] equipped with weak KAM theory [28], proposed by Bernard in [7].
AU - Kaloshin, Vadim
AU - Zhang, K
ID - 8498
IS - 8
JF - Nonlinearity
KW - Mathematical Physics
KW - General Physics and Astronomy
KW - Applied Mathematics
KW - Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
SN - 0951-7715
TI - Arnold diffusion for smooth convex systems of two and a half degrees of freedom
VL - 28
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the cubic defocusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation in the two dimensional torus. Fix s>1. Recently Colliander, Keel, Staffilani, Tao and Takaoka proved the existence of solutions with s-Sobolev norm growing in time.
We establish the existence of solutions with polynomial time estimates. More exactly, there is c>0 such that for any K≫1 we find a solution u and a time T such that ∥u(T)∥Hs≥K∥u(0)∥Hs. Moreover, the time T satisfies the polynomial bound 0=2 players for an infinite number of rounds, where in every round, each player simultaneously and independently of the other players chooses an action, whereafter the successor state is determined by a probability distribution given by the current state and the chosen actions. We consider reachability objectives that given a target set of states require that some state in the target set is visited, and the dual safety objectives that given a target set require that only states in the target set are visited. We are interested in the complexity of stationary strategies measured by their patience, which is defined as the inverse of the smallest non-zero probability employed.
Our main results are as follows: We show that in two-player zero-sum concurrent stochastic games (with reachability objective for one player and the complementary safety objective for the other player): (i) the optimal bound on the patience of optimal and epsilon-optimal strategies, for both players is doubly exponential; and (ii) even in games with a single non-absorbing state exponential (in the number of actions) patience is necessary. In general we study the class of non-zero-sum games admitting epsilon-Nash equilibria. We show that if there is at least one player with reachability objective, then doubly-exponential patience is needed in general for epsilon-Nash equilibrium strategies, whereas in contrast if all players have safety objectives, then the optimal bound on patience for epsilon-Nash equilibrium strategies is only exponential.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Hansen, Kristoffer
ID - 5431
SN - 2664-1690
TI - The patience of concurrent stochastic games with safety and reachability objectives
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - Evolution occurs in populations of reproducing individuals. The structure of the population affects the outcome of the evolutionary process. Evolutionary graph theory is a powerful approach to study this phenomenon. There are two graphs. The interaction graph specifies who interacts with whom in the context of evolution.The replacement graph specifies who competes with whom for reproduction.
The vertices of the two graphs are the same, and each vertex corresponds to an individual of the population. A key quantity is the fixation probability of a new mutant. It is defined as the probability that a newly introduced mutant (on a single vertex) generates a lineage of offspring which eventually takes over the entire population of resident individuals. The basic computational questions are as follows: (i) the qualitative question asks whether the fixation probability is positive; and (ii) the quantitative approximation question asks for an approximation of the fixation probability.
Our main results are:
(1) We show that the qualitative question is NP-complete and the quantitative approximation question is #P-hard in the special case when the interaction and the replacement graphs coincide and even with the restriction that the resident individuals do not reproduce (which corresponds to an invading population taking over an empty structure).
(2) We show that in general the qualitative question is PSPACE-complete and the quantitative approximation question is PSPACE-hard and can be solved in exponential time.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 5432
SN - 2664-1690
TI - The complexity of evolutionary games on graphs
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - DEC-POMDPs extend POMDPs to a multi-agent setting, where several agents operate in an uncertain environment independently to achieve a joint objective. DEC-POMDPs have been studied with finite-horizon and infinite-horizon discounted-sum objectives, and there exist solvers both for exact and approximate solutions. In this work we consider Goal-DEC-POMDPs, where given a set of target states, the objective is to ensure that the target set is reached with minimal cost. We consider the indefinite-horizon (infinite-horizon with either discounted-sum, or undiscounted-sum, where absorbing goal states have zero-cost) problem. We present a new method to solve the problem that extends methods for finite-horizon DEC- POMDPs and the RTDP-Bel approach for POMDPs. We present experimental results on several examples, and show our approach presents promising results.
AU - Anonymous, 1
AU - Anonymous, 2
ID - 5434
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Optimal cost indefinite-horizon reachability in goal DEC-POMDPs
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TY - GEN
AB - We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives.
There have been two different views: (i) the expectation semantics, where the goal is to optimize the expected mean-payoff objective, and (ii) the satisfaction semantics, where the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the mean-payoff value stays above a given vector.
We consider the problem where the goal is to optimize the expectation under the constraint that the satisfaction semantics is ensured, and thus consider a generalization that unifies the existing semantics. Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., ensures certain probabilistic guarantee).
Our main results are algorithms for the decision problem which are always polynomial in the size of the MDP.
We also show that an approximation of the Pareto-curve can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the MDP, and the approximation factor, but exponential in the number of dimensions. Finally, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Komarkova, Zuzana
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
ID - 5435
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes
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TY - GEN
AB - Recently there has been a significant effort to handle quantitative properties in formal verification and synthesis. While weighted automata over finite and infinite words provide a natural and flexible framework to express quantitative properties, perhaps surprisingly, some basic system properties such as average response time cannot be expressed using weighted automata, nor in any other know decidable formalism. In this work, we introduce nested weighted automata as a natural extension of weighted automata which makes it possible to express important quantitative properties such as average response time.
In nested weighted automata, a master automaton spins off and collects results from weighted slave automata, each of which computes a quantity along a finite portion of an infinite word. Nested weighted automata can be viewed as the quantitative analogue of monitor automata, which are used in run-time verification. We establish an almost complete decidability picture for the basic decision problems about nested weighted automata, and illustrate their applicability in several domains. In particular, nested weighted automata can be used to decide average response time properties.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 5436
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Nested weighted automata
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TY - GEN
AB - We consider the core algorithmic problems related to verification of systems with respect to three classical quantitative properties, namely, the mean-payoff property, the ratio property, and the minimum initial credit for energy property.
The algorithmic problem given a graph and a quantitative property asks to compute the optimal value (the infimum value over all traces) from every node of the graph. We consider graphs with constant treewidth, and it is well-known that the control-flow graphs of most programs have constant treewidth. Let $n$ denote the number of nodes of a graph, $m$ the number of edges (for constant treewidth graphs $m=O(n)$) and $W$ the largest absolute value of the weights.
Our main theoretical results are as follows.
First, for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that approximates the mean-payoff value within a multiplicative factor of $\epsilon$ in time $O(n \cdot \log (n/\epsilon))$ and linear space, as compared to the classical algorithms that require quadratic time. Second, for the ratio property we present an algorithm that for constant treewidth graphs works in time $O(n \cdot \log (|a\cdot b|))=O(n\cdot\log (n\cdot W))$, when the output is $\frac{a}{b}$, as compared to the previously best known algorithm with running time $O(n^2 \cdot \log (n\cdot W))$. Third, for the minimum initial credit problem we show that (i)~for general graphs the problem can be solved in $O(n^2\cdot m)$ time and the associated decision problem can be solved in $O(n\cdot m)$ time, improving the previous known $O(n^3\cdot m\cdot \log (n\cdot W))$ and $O(n^2 \cdot m)$ bounds, respectively; and (ii)~for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that requires $O(n\cdot \log n)$ time, improving the previous known $O(n^4 \cdot \log (n \cdot W))$ bound.
We have implemented some of our algorithms and show that they present a significant speedup on standard benchmarks.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
ID - 5437
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Faster algorithms for quantitative verification in constant treewidth graphs
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TY - GEN
AB - The edit distance between two words w1, w2 is the minimal number of word operations (letter insertions, deletions, and substitutions) necessary to transform w1 to w2. The edit distance generalizes to languages L1, L2, where the edit distance is the minimal number k such that for every word from L1 there exists a word in L2 with edit distance at most k. We study the edit distance computation problem between pushdown automata and their subclasses.
The problem of computing edit distance to a pushdown automaton is undecidable, and in practice, the interesting question is to compute the edit distance from a pushdown automaton (the implementation, a standard model for programs with recursion) to a regular language (the specification). In this work, we present a complete picture of decidability and complexity for deciding whether, for a given threshold k, the edit distance from a pushdown automaton to a finite automaton is at most k.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 5438
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Edit distance for pushdown automata
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TY - GEN
AB - The target discounted-sum problem is the following: Given a rational discount factor 0 < λ < 1 and three rational values a, b, and t, does there exist a finite or an infinite sequence w ε(a, b)∗ or w ε(a, b)w, such that Σ|w| i=0 w(i)λi equals t? The problem turns out to relate to many fields of mathematics and computer science, and its decidability question is surprisingly hard to solve. We solve the finite version of the problem, and show the hardness of the infinite version, linking it to various areas and open problems in mathematics and computer science: β-expansions, discounted-sum automata, piecewise affine maps, and generalizations of the Cantor set. We provide some partial results to the infinite version, among which are solutions to its restriction to eventually-periodic sequences and to the cases that λ λ 1/2 or λ = 1/n, for every n ε N. We use our results for solving some open problems on discounted-sum automata, among which are the exact-value problem for nondeterministic automata over finite words and the universality and inclusion problems for functional automata.
AU - Boker, Udi
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 5439
SN - 2664-1690
TI - The target discounted-sum problem
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TY - GEN
AB - Evolution occurs in populations of reproducing individuals. The structure of the population affects the outcome of the evolutionary process. Evolutionary graph theory is a powerful approach to study this phenomenon. There are two graphs. The interaction graph specifies who interacts with whom for payoff in the context of evolution. The replacement graph specifies who competes with whom for reproduction. The vertices of the two graphs are the same, and each vertex corresponds to an individual of the population. The fitness (or the reproductive rate) is a non-negative number, and depends on the payoff. A key quantity is the fixation probability of a new mutant. It is defined as the probability that a newly introduced mutant (on a single vertex) generates a lineage of offspring which eventually takes over the entire population of resident individuals. The basic computational questions are as follows: (i) the qualitative question asks whether the fixation probability is positive; and (ii) the quantitative approximation question asks for an approximation of the fixation probability. Our main results are as follows: First, we consider a special case of the general problem, where the residents do not reproduce. We show that the qualitative question is NP-complete, and the quantitative approximation question is #P-complete, and the hardness results hold even in the special case where the interaction and the replacement graphs coincide. Second, we show that in general both the qualitative and the quantitative approximation questions are PSPACE-complete. The PSPACE-hardness result for quantitative approximation holds even when the fitness is always positive.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 5440
SN - 2664-1690
TI - The complexity of evolutionary games on graphs
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - We study algorithmic questions for concurrent systems where the transitions are labeled from a complete, closed semiring, and path properties are algebraic with semiring operations. The algebraic path properties can model dataflow analysis problems, the shortest path problem, and many other natural problems that arise in program analysis. We consider that each component of the concurrent system is a graph with constant treewidth, a property satisfied by the controlflow graphs of most programs. We allow for multiple possible queries, which arise naturally in demand driven dataflow analysis. The study of multiple queries allows us to consider the tradeoff between the resource usage of the one-time preprocessing and for each individual query. The traditional approach constructs the product graph of all components and applies the best-known graph algorithm on the product. In this approach, even the answer to a single query requires the transitive closure (i.e., the results of all possible queries), which provides no room for tradeoff between preprocessing and query time. Our main contributions are algorithms that significantly improve the worst-case running time of the traditional approach, and provide various tradeoffs depending on the number of queries. For example, in a concurrent system of two components, the traditional approach requires hexic time in the worst case for answering one query as well as computing the transitive closure, whereas we show that with one-time preprocessing in almost cubic time, each subsequent query can be answered in at most linear time, and even the transitive closure can be computed in almost quartic time. Furthermore, we establish conditional optimality results showing that the worst-case running time of our algorithms cannot be improved without achieving major breakthroughs in graph algorithms (i.e., improving the worst-case bound for the shortest path problem in general graphs). Preliminary experimental results show that our algorithms perform favorably on several benchmarks.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Goharshady, Amir
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
ID - 5441
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Algorithms for algebraic path properties in concurrent systems of constant treewidth components
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - We study algorithmic questions for concurrent systems where the transitions are labeled from a complete, closed semiring, and path properties are algebraic with semiring operations. The algebraic path properties can model dataflow analysis problems, the shortest path problem, and many other natural properties that arise in program analysis.
We consider that each component of the concurrent system is a graph with constant treewidth, and it is known that the controlflow graphs of most programs have constant treewidth. We allow for multiple possible queries, which arise naturally in demand driven dataflow analysis problems (e.g., alias analysis). The study of multiple queries allows us to consider the tradeoff between the resource usage of the \emph{one-time} preprocessing and for \emph{each individual} query. The traditional approaches construct the product graph of all components and apply the best-known graph algorithm on the product. In the traditional approach, even the answer to a single query requires the transitive closure computation (i.e., the results of all possible queries), which provides no room for tradeoff between preprocessing and query time.
Our main contributions are algorithms that significantly improve the worst-case running time of the traditional approach, and provide various tradeoffs depending on the number of queries. For example, in a concurrent system of two components, the traditional approach requires hexic time in the worst case for answering one query as well as computing the transitive closure, whereas we show that with one-time preprocessing in almost cubic time,
each subsequent query can be answered in at most linear time, and even the transitive closure can be computed in almost quartic time. Furthermore, we establish conditional optimality results that show that the worst-case running times of our algorithms cannot be improved without achieving major breakthroughs in graph algorithms (such as improving
the worst-case bounds for the shortest path problem in general graphs whose current best-known bound has not been improved in five decades). Finally, we provide a prototype implementation of our algorithms which significantly outperforms the existing algorithmic methods on several benchmarks.
AU - Anonymous, 1
AU - Anonymous, 2
AU - Anonymous, 3
AU - Anonymous, 4
ID - 5442
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Algorithms for algebraic path properties in concurrent systems of constant treewidth components
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - POMDPs are standard models for probabilistic planning problems, where an agent interacts with an uncertain environment. We study the problem of almost-sure reachability, where given a set of target states, the question is to decide whether there is a policy to ensure that the target set is reached with probability 1 (almost-surely). While in general the problem is EXPTIME-complete, in many practical cases policies with a small amount of memory suffice. Moreover, the existing solution to the problem is explicit, which first requires to construct explicitly an exponential reduction to a belief-support MDP. In this work, we first study the existence of observation-stationary strategies, which is NP-complete, and then small-memory strategies. We present a symbolic algorithm by an efficient encoding to SAT and using a SAT solver for the problem. We report experimental results demonstrating the scalability of our symbolic (SAT-based) approach.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Chmelik, Martin
AU - Davies, Jessica
ID - 5443
SN - 2664-1690
TI - A symbolic SAT-based algorithm for almost-sure reachability with small strategies in POMDPs
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - A comprehensive understanding of the clonal evolution of cancer is critical for understanding neoplasia. Genome-wide sequencing data enables evolutionary studies at unprecedented depth. However, classical phylogenetic methods often struggle with noisy sequencing data of impure DNA samples and fail to detect subclones that have different evolutionary trajectories. We have developed a tool, called Treeomics, that allows us to reconstruct the phylogeny of a cancer with commonly available sequencing technologies. Using Bayesian inference and Integer Linear Programming, robust phylogenies consistent with the biological processes underlying cancer evolution were obtained for pancreatic, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Furthermore, Treeomics correctly identified sequencing artifacts such as those resulting from low statistical power; nearly 7% of variants were misclassified by conventional statistical methods. These artifacts can skew phylogenies by creating illusory tumor heterogeneity among distinct samples. Importantly, we show that the evolutionary trees generated with Treeomics are mathematically optimal.
AU - Reiter, Johannes
AU - Makohon-Moore, Alvin
AU - Gerold, Jeffrey
AU - Bozic, Ivana
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Iacobuzio-Donahue, Christine
AU - Vogelstein, Bert
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 5444
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Reconstructing robust phylogenies of metastatic cancers
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TY - DATA
AB - This repository contains the experimental part of the CAV 2015 publication Counterexample Explanation by Learning Small Strategies in Markov Decision Processes.
We extended the probabilistic model checker PRISM to represent strategies of Markov Decision Processes as Decision Trees.
The archive contains a java executable version of the extended tool (prism_dectree.jar) together with a few examples of the PRISM benchmark library.
To execute the program, please have a look at the README.txt, which provides instructions and further information on the archive.
The archive contains scripts that (if run often enough) reproduces the data presented in the publication.
AU - Fellner, Andreas
ID - 5549
KW - Markov Decision Process
KW - Decision Tree
KW - Probabilistic Verification
KW - Counterexample Explanation
TI - Experimental part of CAV 2015 publication: Counterexample Explanation by Learning Small Strategies in Markov Decision Processes
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present here the first integer-based algorithm for constructing a well-defined lattice sphere specified by integer radius and integer center. The algorithm evolves from a unique correspondence between the lattice points comprising the sphere and the distribution of sum of three square numbers in integer intervals. We characterize these intervals to derive a useful set of recurrences, which, in turn, aids in efficient computation. Each point of the lattice sphere is determined by resorting to only a few primitive operations in the integer domain. The symmetry of its quadraginta octants provides an added advantage by confining the computation to its prima quadraginta octant. Detailed theoretical analysis and experimental results have been furnished to demonstrate its simplicity and elegance.
AU - Biswas, Ranita
AU - Bhowmick, Partha
ID - 5804
IS - 4
JF - Theoretical Computer Science
SN - 0304-3975
TI - From prima quadraginta octant to lattice sphere through primitive integer operations
VL - 624
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Biswas, Ranita
AU - Bhowmick, Partha
ID - 5807
IS - 11
JF - Theoretical Computer Science
SN - 0304-3975
TI - On different topological classes of spherical geodesic paths and circles inZ3
VL - 605
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Biswas, Ranita
AU - Bhowmick, Partha
ID - 5808
IS - 6-8
JF - The Visual Computer
SN - 0178-2789
TI - Layer the sphere
VL - 31
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Transcription of eukaryotic protein-coding genes commences with the assembly of a conserved initiation complex, which consists of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) and the general transcription factors, at promoter DNA. After two decades of research, the structural basis of transcription initiation is emerging. Crystal structures of many components of the initiation complex have been resolved, and structural information on Pol II complexes with general transcription factors has recently been obtained. Although mechanistic details await elucidation, available data outline how Pol II cooperates with the general transcription factors to bind to and open promoter DNA, and how Pol II directs RNA synthesis and escapes from the promoter.
AU - Sainsbury, Sarah
AU - Bernecky, Carrie A
AU - Cramer, Patrick
ID - 594
IS - 3
JF - Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
TI - Structural basis of transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II
VL - 16
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Torque magnetization measurements on YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) at doping y=6.67 (p=0.12), in dc fields (B) up to 33 T and temperatures down to 4.5 K, show that weak diamagnetism persists above the extrapolated irreversibility field Hirr(T=0)≈24 T. The differential susceptibility dM/dB, however, is more rapidly suppressed for B≳16 T than expected from the properties of the low field superconducting state, and saturates at a low value for fields B≳24 T. In addition, torque measurements on a p=0.11 YBCO crystal in pulsed field up to 65 T and temperatures down to 8 K show similar behavior, with no additional features at higher fields. We offer two candidate scenarios to explain these observations: (a) superconductivity survives but is heavily suppressed at high field by competition with charge-density-wave (CDW) order; (b) static superconductivity disappears near 24 T and is followed by a region of fluctuating superconductivity, which causes dM/dB to saturate at high field. The diamagnetic signal observed above 50 T for the p=0.11 crystal at 40 K and below may be caused by changes in the normal state susceptibility rather than bulk or fluctuating superconductivity. There will be orbital (Landau) diamagnetism from electron pockets and possibly a reduction in spin susceptibility caused by the stronger three-dimensional ordered CDW.
AU - Yu, Jing Fei
AU - Ramshaw, B. J.
AU - Kokanović, I.
AU - Modic, Kimberly A
AU - Harrison, N.
AU - Day, James
AU - Liang, Ruixing
AU - Hardy, W. N.
AU - Bonn, D. A.
AU - McCollam, A.
AU - Julian, S. R.
AU - Cooper, J. R.
ID - 7070
IS - 18
JF - Physical Review B
SN - 1098-0121
TI - Magnetization of underdoped YBa2Cu3Oy above the irreversibility field
VL - 92
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The rational design of monodisperse ferroelectric nanocrystals with controlled size and shape and their organization into hierarchical structures has been a critical step for understanding the polar ordering in nanoscale ferroelectrics, as well as the design of nanocrystal-based functional materials which harness the properties of individual nanoparticles and the collective interactions between them. We report here on the synthesis and self-assembly of aggregate-free, single-crystalline titanium-based perovskite nanoparticles with controlled morphology and surface composition by using a simple, easily scalable and highly versatile colloidal route. Single-crystalline, non-aggregated BaTiO3 colloidal nanocrystals, used as a model system, have been prepared under solvothermal conditions at temperatures as low as 180 °C. The shape of the nanocrystals was tuned from spheroidal to cubic upon changing the polarity of the solvent, whereas their size was varied from 16 to 30 nm for spheres and 5 to 78 nm for cubes by changing the concentration of the precursors and the reaction time, respectively. The hydrophobic, oleic acid-passivated nanoparticles exhibit very good solubility in non-polar solvents and can be rendered dispersible in polar solvents by a simple process involving the oxidative cleavage of the double bond upon treating the nanopowders with the Lemieux–von Rudloff reagent. Lattice dynamic analysis indicated that regardless of their size, BaTiO3 nanocrystals present local disorder within the perovskite unit cell, associated with the existence of polar ordering. We also demonstrate for the first time that, in addition to being used for fabricating large area, crack-free, highly uniform films, BaTiO3 nanocubes can serve as building blocks for the design of 2D and 3D mesoscale structures, such as superlattices and superparticles. Interestingly, the type of superlattice structure (simple cubic or face centered cubic) appears to be determined by the type of solvent in which the nanocrystals were dispersed. This approach provides an excellent platform for the synthesis of other titanium-based perovskite colloidal nanocrystals with controlled chemical composition, surface structure and morphology and for their assembly into complex architectures, therefore opening the door for the design of novel mesoscale functional materials/nanocomposites with potential applications in energy conversion, data storage and the biomedical field.
AU - Caruntu, Daniela
AU - Rostamzadeh, Taha
AU - Costanzo, Tommaso
AU - Salemizadeh Parizi, Saman
AU - Caruntu, Gabriel
ID - 7456
IS - 30
JF - Nanoscale
SN - 2040-3364
TI - Solvothermal synthesis and controlled self-assembly of monodisperse titanium-based perovskite colloidal nanocrystals
VL - 7
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A new organic–inorganic ferroelectric hybrid capacitor designed by uniformly incorporating surface modified monodisperse 15 nm ferroelectric BaTiO3 nanocubes into non-polar polymer blends of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) terpolymer is described. The investigation of spatial distribution of nanofillers via a non-distractive thermal pulse method illustrates that the surface functionalization of nanocubes plays a key role in the uniform distribution of charge polarization within the polymer matrix. The discharged energy density of the nanocomposite with 30 vol% BaTiO3 nanocubes is ∼44 × 10−3 J cm−3, which is almost six times higher than that of the neat polymer. The facile processing, along with the superior mechanical and electrical properties of the BaTiO3/PMMA–ABS nanocomposites make them suitable for implementation into capacitive electrical energy storage devices.
AU - Parizi, Saman Salemizadeh
AU - Conley, Gavin
AU - Costanzo, Tommaso
AU - Howell, Bob
AU - Mellinger, Axel
AU - Caruntu, Gabriel
ID - 7457
IS - 93
JF - RSC Advances
SN - 2046-2069
TI - Fabrication of barium titanate/acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposite films for hybrid ferroelectric capacitors
VL - 5
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Currently, there is much debate on the genetic architecture of quantitative traits in wild populations. Is trait variation influenced by many genes of small effect or by a few genes of major effect? Where is additive genetic variation located in the genome? Do the same loci cause similar phenotypic variation in different populations? Great tits (Parus major) have been studied extensively in long‐term studies across Europe and consequently are considered an ecological ‘model organism’. Recently, genomic resources have been developed for the great tit, including a custom SNP chip and genetic linkage map. In this study, we used a suite of approaches to investigate the genetic architecture of eight quantitative traits in two long‐term study populations of great tits—one in the Netherlands and the other in the United Kingdom. Overall, we found little evidence for the presence of genes of large effects in either population. Instead, traits appeared to be influenced by many genes of small effect, with conservative estimates of the number of contributing loci ranging from 31 to 310. Despite concordance between population‐specific heritabilities, we found no evidence for the presence of loci having similar effects in both populations. While population‐specific genetic architectures are possible, an undetected shared architecture cannot be rejected because of limited power to map loci of small and moderate effects. This study is one of few examples of genetic architecture analysis in replicated wild populations and highlights some of the challenges and limitations researchers will face when attempting similar molecular quantitative genetic studies in free‐living populations.
AU - Santure, Anna W.
AU - Poissant, Jocelyn
AU - De Cauwer, Isabelle
AU - van Oers, Kees
AU - Robinson, Matthew Richard
AU - Quinn, John L.
AU - Groenen, Martien A. M.
AU - Visser, Marcel E.
AU - Sheldon, Ben C.
AU - Slate, Jon
ID - 7739
JF - Molecular Ecology
SN - 0962-1083
TI - Replicated analysis of the genetic architecture of quantitative traits in two wild great tit populations
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Phenotypes expressed in a social context are not only a function of the individual, but can also be shaped by the phenotypes of social partners. These social effects may play a major role in the evolution of cooperative breeding if social partners differ in the quality of care they provide and if individual carers adjust their effort in relation to that of other carers. When applying social effects models to wild study systems, it is also important to explore sources of individual plasticity that could masquerade as social effects. We studied offspring provisioning rates of parents and helpers in a wild population of long-tailed tits Aegithalos caudatus using a quantitative genetic framework to identify these social effects and partition them into genetic, permanent environment and current environment components. Controlling for other effects, individuals were consistent in their provisioning effort at a given nest, but adjusted their effort based on who was in their social group, indicating the presence of social effects. However, these social effects differed between years and social contexts, indicating a current environment effect, rather than indicating a genetic or permanent environment effect. While this study reveals the importance of examining environmental and genetic sources of social effects, the framework we present is entirely general, enabling a greater understanding of potentially important social effects within any ecological population.
AU - Adams, Mark James
AU - Robinson, Matthew Richard
AU - Mannarelli, Maria-Elena
AU - Hatchwell, Ben J.
ID - 7741
IS - 1810
JF - Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
SN - 0962-8452
TI - Social genetic and social environment effects on parental and helper care in a cooperatively breeding bird
VL - 282
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Across-nation differences in the mean values for complex traits are common1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, but the reasons for these differences are unknown. Here we find that many independent loci contribute to population genetic differences in height and body mass index (BMI) in 9,416 individuals across 14 European countries. Using discovery data on over 250,000 individuals and unbiased effect size estimates from 17,500 sibling pairs, we estimate that 24% (95% credible interval (CI) = 9%, 41%) and 8% (95% CI = 4%, 16%) of the captured additive genetic variance for height and BMI, respectively, reflect population genetic differences. Population genetic divergence differed significantly from that in a null model (height, P < 3.94 × 10−8; BMI, P < 5.95 × 10−4), and we find an among-population genetic correlation for tall and slender individuals (r = −0.80, 95% CI = −0.95, −0.60), consistent with correlated selection for both phenotypes. Observed differences in height among populations reflected the predicted genetic means (r = 0.51; P < 0.001), but environmental differences across Europe masked genetic differentiation for BMI (P < 0.58).
AU - Robinson, Matthew Richard
AU - Hemani, Gibran
AU - Medina-Gomez, Carolina
AU - Mezzavilla, Massimo
AU - Esko, Tonu
AU - Shakhbazov, Konstantin
AU - Powell, Joseph E
AU - Vinkhuyzen, Anna
AU - Berndt, Sonja I
AU - Gustafsson, Stefan
AU - Justice, Anne E
AU - Kahali, Bratati
AU - Locke, Adam E
AU - Pers, Tune H
AU - Vedantam, Sailaja
AU - Wood, Andrew R
AU - van Rheenen, Wouter
AU - Andreassen, Ole A
AU - Gasparini, Paolo
AU - Metspalu, Andres
AU - Berg, Leonard H van den
AU - Veldink, Jan H
AU - Rivadeneira, Fernando
AU - Werge, Thomas M
AU - Abecasis, Goncalo R
AU - Boomsma, Dorret I
AU - Chasman, Daniel I
AU - de Geus, Eco J C
AU - Frayling, Timothy M
AU - Hirschhorn, Joel N
AU - Hottenga, Jouke Jan
AU - Ingelsson, Erik
AU - Loos, Ruth J F
AU - Magnusson, Patrik K E
AU - Martin, Nicholas G
AU - Montgomery, Grant W
AU - North, Kari E
AU - Pedersen, Nancy L
AU - Spector, Timothy D
AU - Speliotes, Elizabeth K
AU - Goddard, Michael E
AU - Yang, Jian
AU - Visscher, Peter M
ID - 7742
IS - 11
JF - Nature Genetics
SN - 1061-4036
TI - Population genetic differentiation of height and body mass index across Europe
VL - 47
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - High-performance concurrent priority queues are essential for applications such as task scheduling and discrete event simulation. Unfortunately, even the best performing implementations do not scale past a number of threads in the single digits. This is because of the sequential bottleneck in accessing the elements at the head of the queue in order to perform a DeleteMin operation. In this paper, we present the SprayList, a scalable priority queue with relaxed ordering semantics. Starting from a non-blocking SkipList, the main innovation behind our design is that the DeleteMin operations avoid a sequential bottleneck by "spraying" themselves onto the head of the SkipList list in a coordinated fashion. The spraying is implemented using a carefully designed random walk, so that DeleteMin returns an element among the first O(plog3p) in the list, with high probability, where p is the number of threads. We prove that the running time of a DeleteMin operation is O(log3p), with high probability, independent of the size of the list. Our experiments show that the relaxed semantics allow the data structure to scale for high thread counts, comparable to a classic unordered SkipList. Furthermore, we observe that, for reasonably parallel workloads, the scalability benefits of relaxation considerably outweigh the additional work due to out-of-order execution.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Kopinsky, Justin
AU - Li, Jerry
AU - Shavit, Nir
ID - 776
TI - The SprayList: A scalable relaxed priority queue
VL - 2015-January
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce a principle unique to disordered solids wherein the contribution of any bond to one global perturbation is uncorrelated with its contribution to another. Coupled with sufficient variability in the contributions of different bonds, this “independent bond-level response” paves the way for the design of real materials with unusual and exquisitely tuned properties. To illustrate this, we choose two global perturbations: compression and shear. By applying a bond removal procedure that is both simple and experimentally relevant to remove a very small fraction of bonds, we can drive disordered spring networks to both the incompressible and completely auxetic limits of mechanical behavior.
AU - Goodrich, Carl Peter
AU - Liu, Andrea J.
AU - Nagel, Sidney R.
ID - 7765
IS - 22
JF - Physical Review Letters
SN - 0031-9007
TI - The principle of independent bond-level response: Tuning by pruning to exploit disorder for global behavior
VL - 114
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the vibrational properties near a free surface of disordered spring networks derived from jammed sphere packings. In bulk systems, without surfaces, it is well understood that such systems have a plateau in the density of vibrational modes extending down to a frequency scale ω*. This frequency is controlled by ΔZ = 〈Z〉 − 2d, the difference between the average coordination of the spheres and twice the spatial dimension, d, of the system, which vanishes at the jamming transition. In the presence of a free surface we find that there is a density of disordered vibrational modes associated with the surface that extends far below ω*. The total number of these low-frequency surface modes is controlled by ΔZ, and the profile of their decay into the bulk has two characteristic length scales, which diverge as ΔZ−1/2 and ΔZ−1 as the jamming transition is approached.
AU - Sussman, Daniel M.
AU - Goodrich, Carl Peter
AU - Liu, Andrea J.
AU - Nagel, Sidney R.
ID - 7766
IS - 14
JF - Soft Matter
SN - 1744-683X
TI - Disordered surface vibrations in jammed sphere packings
VL - 11
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present a model of soft active particles that leads to a rich array of collective behavior found also in dense biological swarms of bacteria and other unicellular organisms. Our model uses only local interactions, such as Vicsek-type nearest-neighbor alignment, short-range repulsion, and a local boundary term. Changing the relative strength of these interactions leads to migrating swarms, rotating swarms, and jammed swarms, as well as swarms that exhibit run-and-tumble motion, alternating between migration and either rotating or jammed states. Interestingly, although a migrating swarm moves slower than an individual particle, the diffusion constant can be up to three orders of magnitude larger, suggesting that collective motion can be highly advantageous, for example, when searching for food.
AU - van Drongelen, Ruben
AU - Pal, Anshuman
AU - Goodrich, Carl Peter
AU - Idema, Timon
ID - 7767
IS - 3
JF - Physical Review E
SN - 1539-3755
TI - Collective dynamics of soft active particles
VL - 91
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In many applications, the data is of rich structure that can be represented by a hypergraph, where the data items are represented by vertices and the associations among items are represented by hyperedges. Equivalently, we are given an input bipartite graph with two types of vertices: items, and associations (which we refer to as topics). We consider the problem of partitioning the set of items into a given number of components such that the maximum number of topics covered by a component is minimized. This is a clustering problem with various applications, e.g. partitioning of a set of information objects such as documents, images, and videos, and load balancing in the context of modern computation platforms.Inthis paper, we focus on the streaming computation model for this problem, in which items arrive online one at a time and each item must be assigned irrevocably to a component at its arrival time. Motivated by scalability requirements, we focus on the class of streaming computation algorithms with memory limited to be at most linear in the number of components. We show that a greedy assignment strategy is able to recover a hidden co-clustering of items under a natural set of recovery conditions. We also report results of an extensive empirical evaluation, which demonstrate that this greedy strategy yields superior performance when compared with alternative approaches.
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Iglesias, Jennifer
AU - Vojnović, Milan
ID - 777
TI - Streaming min-max hypergraph partitioning
VL - 2015-January
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The study of fluxoid states and fluxoid dynamics in mesoscopic iron-based superconducting rings is valuable for characterizing the basic properties of the superconductor, and may also provide important insight into the superconducting paring symmetry. We report the fabrications of micron-sized rings and disks from thin films of Fe(Se, Te) grown by molecular beam epitaxy. In order to study fluxoid states in rings we developed a custom-tailored version of magnetic force microscopy (MFM). This technique has a number of qualitative advantages for working with mesoscopic superconducting samples in comparison to the conventional MFM and other imaging techniques. We observed metastable fluxoid states in rings of different sizes. Thermally activated fluxoid dynamics of these states was studied and modeled. In addition, we found different regimes of interaction between Fe(Se, Te) ring and MFM tip which are explained. Possibilities of the existence of exotic vortex states and proposals for experiments to test the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter in iron based superconductors are analyzed.
AU - Polshyn, Hryhoriy
AU - Zhang, Can
AU - Naibert, Tyler
AU - Eckstein, James
AU - Budakian, Raffi
ID - 10748
IS - 1
SN - 0003-0503
T2 - APS March Meeting 2015
TI - Study of Fe (Se, Te) micron-sized rings by magnetic force microscopy
VL - 60
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Mathematical models are of fundamental importance in the understanding of complex population dynamics. For instance, they can be used to predict the population evolution starting from different initial conditions or to test how a system responds to external perturbations. For this analysis to be meaningful in real applications, however, it is of paramount importance to choose an appropriate model structure and to infer the model parameters from measured data. While many parameter inference methods are available for models based on deterministic ordinary differential equations, the same does not hold for more detailed individual-based models. Here we consider, in particular, stochastic models in which the time evolution of the species abundances is described by a continuous-time Markov chain. These models are governed by a master equation that is typically difficult to solve. Consequently, traditional inference methods that rely on iterative evaluation of parameter likelihoods are computationally intractable. The aim of this paper is to present recent advances in parameter inference for continuous-time Markov chain models, based on a moment closure approximation of the parameter likelihood, and to investigate how these results can help in understanding, and ultimately controlling, complex systems in ecology. Specifically, we illustrate through an agricultural pest case study how parameters of a stochastic individual-based model can be identified from measured data and how the resulting model can be used to solve an optimal control problem in a stochastic setting. In particular, we show how the matter of determining the optimal combination of two different pest control methods can be formulated as a chance constrained optimization problem where the control action is modeled as a state reset, leading to a hybrid system formulation.
AU - Parise, Francesca
AU - Lygeros, John
AU - Ruess, Jakob
ID - 10794
JF - Frontiers in Environmental Science
KW - General Environmental Science
SN - 2296-665X
TI - Bayesian inference for stochastic individual-based models of ecological systems: a pest control simulation study
VL - 3
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider concurrent mean-payoff games, a very well-studied class of two-player (player 1 vs player 2) zero-sum games on finite-state graphs where every transition is assigned a reward between 0 and 1, and the payoff function is the long-run average of the rewards. The value is the maximal expected payoff that player 1 can guarantee against all strategies of player 2. We consider the computation of the set of states with value 1 under finite-memory strategies for player 1, and our main results for the problem are as follows: (1) we present a polynomial-time algorithm; (2) we show that whenever there is a finite-memory strategy, there is a stationary strategy that does not need memory at all; and (3) we present an optimal bound (which is double exponential) on the patience of stationary strategies (where patience of a distribution is the inverse of the smallest positive probability and represents a complexity measure of a stationary strategy).
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
ID - 10796
IS - 1
SN - 978-161197374-7
T2 - Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
TI - The value 1 problem under finite-memory strategies for concurrent mean-payoff games
VL - 2015
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Circumferential skin creases Kunze type (CSC-KT) is a specific congenital entity with an unknown genetic cause. The disease phenotype comprises characteristic circumferential skin creases accompanied by intellectual disability, a cleft palate, short stature, and dysmorphic features. Here, we report that mutations in either MAPRE2 or TUBB underlie the genetic origin of this syndrome. MAPRE2 encodes a member of the microtubule end-binding family of proteins that bind to the guanosine triphosphate cap at growing microtubule plus ends, and TUBB encodes a β-tubulin isotype that is expressed abundantly in the developing brain. Functional analyses of the TUBB mutants show multiple defects in the chaperone-dependent tubulin heterodimer folding and assembly pathway that leads to a compromised yield of native heterodimers. The TUBB mutations also have an impact on microtubule dynamics. For MAPRE2, we show that the mutations result in enhanced MAPRE2 binding to microtubules, implying an increased dwell time at microtubule plus ends. Further, in vivo analysis of MAPRE2 mutations in a zebrafish model of craniofacial development shows that the variants most likely perturb the patterning of branchial arches, either through excessive activity (under a recessive paradigm) or through haploinsufficiency (dominant de novo paradigm). Taken together, our data add CSC-KT to the growing list of tubulinopathies and highlight how multiple inheritance paradigms can affect dosage-sensitive biological systems so as to result in the same clinical defect.
AU - Isrie, Mala
AU - Breuss, Martin
AU - Tian, Guoling
AU - Hansen, Andi H
AU - Cristofoli, Francesca
AU - Morandell, Jasmin
AU - Kupchinsky, Zachari A
AU - Sifrim, Alejandro
AU - Rodriguez Rodriguez, Celia
AU - Dapena, Elena P
AU - Doonanco, Kurston
AU - Leonard, Norma
AU - Tinsa, Faten
AU - Moortgat, Stéphanie
AU - Ulucan, Hakan
AU - Koparir, Erkan
AU - Karaca, Ender
AU - Katsanis, Nicholas
AU - Marton, Valeria
AU - Vermeesch, Joris R
AU - Davis, Erica E
AU - Cowan, Nicholas J
AU - Keays, David
AU - Van Esch, Hilde
ID - 1106
IS - 6
JF - The American Journal of Human Genetics
TI - Mutations in either TUBB or MAPRE2 cause circumferential skin creases Kunze type
VL - 97
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - This paper addresses the problem of semantic segmentation, where the possible class labels are from a predefined set. We exploit top-down guidance, i.e., the coarse localization of the objects and their class labels provided by object detectors. For each detected bounding box, figure-ground segmentation is performed and the final result is achieved by merging the figure-ground segmentations. The main idea of the proposed approach, which is presented in our preliminary work, is to reformulate the figure-ground segmentation problem as sparse reconstruction pursuing the object mask in a nonparametric manner. The latent segmentation mask should be coherent subject to sparse error caused by intra-category diversity; thus, the object mask is inferred by making use of sparse representations over the training set. To handle local spatial deformations, local patch-level masks are also considered and inferred by sparse representations over the spatially nearby patches. The sparse reconstruction coefficients and the latent mask are alternately optimized by applying the Lasso algorithm and the accelerated proximal gradient method. The proposed formulation results in a convex optimization problem; thus, the global optimal solution is achieved. In this paper, we provide theoretical analysis of the convergence and optimality. We also give an extended numerical analysis of the proposed algorithm and a comprehensive comparison with the related semantic segmentation methods on the challenging PASCAL visual object class object segmentation datasets and the Weizmann horse dataset. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm achieves a competitive performance when compared with the state of the arts.
AU - Xia, Wei
AU - Domokos, Csaba
AU - Xiong, Junjun
AU - Cheong, Loongfah
AU - Yan, Shuicheng
ID - 1533
IS - 8
JF - IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
TI - Segmentation over detection via optimal sparse reconstructions
VL - 25
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - PIN proteins are auxin export carriers that direct intercellular auxin flow and in turn regulate many aspects of plant growth and development including responses to environmental changes. The Arabidopsis R2R3-MYB transcription factor FOUR LIPS (FLP) and its paralogue MYB88 regulate terminal divisions during stomatal development, as well as female reproductive development and stress responses. Here we show that FLP and MYB88 act redundantly but differentially in regulating the transcription of PIN3 and PIN7 in gravity-sensing cells of primary and lateral roots. On the one hand, FLP is involved in responses to gravity stimulation in primary roots, whereas on the other, FLP and MYB88 function complementarily in establishing the gravitropic set-point angles of lateral roots. Our results support a model in which FLP and MYB88 expression specifically determines the temporal-spatial patterns of PIN3 and PIN7 transcription that are closely associated with their preferential functions during root responses to gravity.
AU - Wang, Hongzhe
AU - Yang, Kezhen
AU - Zou, Junjie
AU - Zhu, Lingling
AU - Xie, Zidian
AU - Morita, Miyoterao
AU - Tasaka, Masao
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Grotewold, Erich
AU - Beeckman, Tom
AU - Vanneste, Steffen
AU - Sack, Fred
AU - Le, Jie
ID - 1534
JF - Nature Communications
TI - Transcriptional regulation of PIN genes by FOUR LIPS and MYB88 during Arabidopsis root gravitropism
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Neuronal and neuroendocrine L-type calcium channels (Cav1.2, Cav1.3) open readily at relatively low membrane potentials and allow Ca2+ to enter the cells near resting potentials. In this way, Cav1.2 and Cav1.3 shape the action potential waveform, contribute to gene expression, synaptic plasticity, neuronal differentiation, hormone secretion and pacemaker activity. In the chromaffin cells (CCs) of the adrenal medulla, Cav1.3 is highly expressed and is shown to support most of the pacemaking current that sustains action potential (AP) firings and part of the catecholamine secretion. Cav1.3 forms Ca2+-nanodomains with the fast inactivating BK channels and drives the resting SK currents. These latter set the inter-spike interval duration between consecutive spikes during spontaneous firing and the rate of spike adaptation during sustained depolarizations. Cav1.3 plays also a primary role in the switch from “tonic” to “burst” firing that occurs in mouse CCs when either the availability of voltage-gated Na channels (Nav) is reduced or the β2 subunit featuring the fast inactivating BK channels is deleted. Here, we discuss the functional role of these “neuronlike” firing modes in CCs and how Cav1.3 contributes to them. The open issue is to understand how these novel firing patterns are adapted to regulate the quantity of circulating catecholamines during resting condition or in response to acute and chronic stress.
AU - Vandael, David H
AU - Marcantoni, Andrea
AU - Carbone, Emilio
ID - 1535
IS - 2
JF - Current Molecular Pharmacology
TI - Cav1.3 channels as key regulators of neuron-like firings and catecholamine release in chromaffin cells
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Strigolactones, first discovered as germination stimulants for parasitic weeds [1], are carotenoid-derived phytohormones that play major roles in inhibiting lateral bud outgrowth and promoting plant-mycorrhizal symbiosis [2-4]. Furthermore, strigolactones are involved in the regulation of lateral and adventitious root development, root cell division [5, 6], secondary growth [7], and leaf senescence [8]. Recently, we discovered the strigolactone transporter Petunia axillaris PLEIOTROPIC DRUG RESISTANCE 1 (PaPDR1), which is required for efficient mycorrhizal colonization and inhibition of lateral bud outgrowth [9]. However, how strigolactones are transported through the plant remained unknown. Here we show that PaPDR1 exhibits a cell-type-specific asymmetric localization in different root tissues. In root tips, PaPDR1 is co-expressed with the strigolactone biosynthetic gene DAD1 (CCD8), and it is localized at the apical membrane of root hypodermal cells, presumably mediating the shootward transport of strigolactone. Above the root tip, in the hypodermal passage cells that form gates for the entry of mycorrhizal fungi, PaPDR1 is present in the outer-lateral membrane, compatible with its postulated function as strigolactone exporter from root to soil. Transport studies are in line with our localization studies since (1) a papdr1 mutant displays impaired transport of strigolactones out of the root tip to the shoot as well as into the rhizosphere and (2) DAD1 expression and PIN1/PIN2 levels change in plants deregulated for PDR1 expression, suggestive of variations in endogenous strigolactone contents. In conclusion, our results indicate that the polar localizations of PaPDR1 mediate directional shootward strigolactone transport as well as localized exudation into the soil.
AU - Sasse, Joëlle
AU - Simon, Sibu
AU - Gübeli, Christian
AU - Liu, Guowei
AU - Cheng, Xi
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Bouwmeester, Harro
AU - Martinoia, Enrico
AU - Borghi, Lorenzo
ID - 1536
IS - 5
JF - Current Biology
TI - Asymmetric localizations of the ABC transporter PaPDR1 trace paths of directional strigolactone transport
VL - 25
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - 3D amoeboid cell migration is central to many developmental and disease-related processes such as cancer metastasis. Here, we identify a unique prototypic amoeboid cell migration mode in early zebrafish embryos, termed stable-bleb migration. Stable-bleb cells display an invariant polarized balloon-like shape with exceptional migration speed and persistence. Progenitor cells can be reversibly transformed into stable-bleb cells irrespective of their primary fate and motile characteristics by increasing myosin II activity through biochemical or mechanical stimuli. Using a combination of theory and experiments, we show that, in stable-bleb cells, cortical contractility fluctuations trigger a stochastic switch into amoeboid motility, and a positive feedback between cortical flows and gradients in contractility maintains stable-bleb cell polarization. We further show that rearward cortical flows drive stable-bleb cell migration in various adhesive and non-adhesive environments, unraveling a highly versatile amoeboid migration phenotype.
AU - Ruprecht, Verena
AU - Wieser, Stefan
AU - Callan Jones, Andrew
AU - Smutny, Michael
AU - Morita, Hitoshi
AU - Sako, Keisuke
AU - Barone, Vanessa
AU - Ritsch Marte, Monika
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Voituriez, Raphaël
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
ID - 1537
IS - 4
JF - Cell
TI - Cortical contractility triggers a stochastic switch to fast amoeboid cell motility
VL - 160
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Systems biology rests on the idea that biological complexity can be better unraveled through the interplay of modeling and experimentation. However, the success of this approach depends critically on the informativeness of the chosen experiments, which is usually unknown a priori. Here, we propose a systematic scheme based on iterations of optimal experiment design, flow cytometry experiments, and Bayesian parameter inference to guide the discovery process in the case of stochastic biochemical reaction networks. To illustrate the benefit of our methodology, we apply it to the characterization of an engineered light-inducible gene expression circuit in yeast and compare the performance of the resulting model with models identified from nonoptimal experiments. In particular, we compare the parameter posterior distributions and the precision to which the outcome of future experiments can be predicted. Moreover, we illustrate how the identified stochastic model can be used to determine light induction patterns that make either the average amount of protein or the variability in a population of cells follow a desired profile. Our results show that optimal experiment design allows one to derive models that are accurate enough to precisely predict and regulate the protein expression in heterogeneous cell populations over extended periods of time.
AU - Ruess, Jakob
AU - Parise, Francesca
AU - Milias Argeitis, Andreas
AU - Khammash, Mustafa
AU - Lygeros, John
ID - 1538
IS - 26
JF - PNAS
TI - Iterative experiment design guides the characterization of a light-inducible gene expression circuit
VL - 112
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Many stochastic models of biochemical reaction networks contain some chemical species for which the number of molecules that are present in the system can only be finite (for instance due to conservation laws), but also other species that can be present in arbitrarily large amounts. The prime example of such networks are models of gene expression, which typically contain a small and finite number of possible states for the promoter but an infinite number of possible states for the amount of mRNA and protein. One of the main approaches to analyze such models is through the use of equations for the time evolution of moments of the chemical species. Recently, a new approach based on conditional moments of the species with infinite state space given all the different possible states of the finite species has been proposed. It was argued that this approach allows one to capture more details about the full underlying probability distribution with a smaller number of equations. Here, I show that the result that less moments provide more information can only stem from an unnecessarily complicated description of the system in the classical formulation. The foundation of this argument will be the derivation of moment equations that describe the complete probability distribution over the finite state space but only low-order moments over the infinite state space. I will show that the number of equations that is needed is always less than what was previously claimed and always less than the number of conditional moment equations up to the same order. To support these arguments, a symbolic algorithm is provided that can be used to derive minimal systems of unconditional moment equations for models with partially finite state space.
AU - Ruess, Jakob
ID - 1539
IS - 24
JF - Journal of Chemical Physics
TI - Minimal moment equations for stochastic models of biochemical reaction networks with partially finite state space
VL - 143
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Plant sexual reproduction involves highly structured and specialized organs: stamens (male) and gynoecia (female, containing ovules). These organs synchronously develop within protective flower buds, until anthesis, via tightly coordinated mechanisms that are essential for effective fertilization and production of viable seeds. The phytohormone auxin is one of the key endogenous signalling molecules controlling initiation and development of these, and other, plant organs. In particular, its uneven distribution, resulting from tightly controlled production, metabolism and directional transport, is an important morphogenic factor. In this review we discuss how developmentally controlled and localized auxin biosynthesis and transport contribute to the coordinated development of plants' reproductive organs, and their fertilized derivatives (embryos) via the regulation of auxin levels and distribution within and around them. Current understanding of the links between de novo local auxin biosynthesis, auxin transport and/or signalling is presented to highlight the importance of the non-cell autonomous action of auxin production on development and morphogenesis of reproductive organs and embryos. An overview of transcription factor families, which spatiotemporally define local auxin production by controlling key auxin biosynthetic enzymes, is also presented.
AU - Robert, Hélène
AU - Crhák Khaitová, Lucie
AU - Mroue, Souad
AU - Benková, Eva
ID - 1540
IS - 16
JF - Journal of Experimental Botany
TI - The importance of localized auxin production for morphogenesis of reproductive organs and embryos in Arabidopsis
VL - 66
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present XSpeed a parallel state-space exploration algorithm for continuous systems with linear dynamics and nondeterministic inputs. The motivation of having parallel algorithms is to exploit the computational power of multi-core processors to speed-up performance. The parallelization is achieved on two fronts. First, we propose a parallel implementation of the support function algorithm by sampling functions in parallel. Second, we propose a parallel state-space exploration by slicing the time horizon and computing the reachable states in the time slices in parallel. The second method can be however applied only to a class of linear systems with invertible dynamics and fixed input. A GP-GPU implementation is also presented following a lazy evaluation strategy on support functions. The parallel algorithms are implemented in the tool XSpeed. We evaluated the performance on two benchmarks including an 28 dimension Helicopter model. Comparison with the sequential counterpart shows a maximum speed-up of almost 7× on a 6 core, 12 thread Intel Xeon CPU E5-2420 processor. Our GP-GPU implementation shows a maximum speed-up of 12× over the sequential implementation and 53× over SpaceEx (LGG scenario), the state of the art tool for reachability analysis of linear hybrid systems. Experiments illustrate that our parallel algorithm with time slicing not only speeds-up performance but also improves precision.
AU - Ray, Rajarshi
AU - Gurung, Amit
AU - Das, Binayak
AU - Bartocci, Ezio
AU - Bogomolov, Sergiy
AU - Grosu, Radu
ID - 1541
TI - XSpeed: Accelerating reachability analysis on multi-core processors
VL - 9434
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The theory of population genetics and evolutionary computation have been evolving separately for nearly 30 years. Many results have been independently obtained in both fields and many others are unique to its respective field. We aim to bridge this gap by developing a unifying framework for evolutionary processes that allows both evolutionary algorithms and population genetics models to be cast in the same formal framework. The framework we present here decomposes the evolutionary process into its several components in order to facilitate the identification of similarities between different models. In particular, we propose a classification of evolutionary operators based on the defining properties of the different components. We cast several commonly used operators from both fields into this common framework. Using this, we map different evolutionary and genetic algorithms to different evolutionary regimes and identify candidates with the most potential for the translation of results between the fields. This provides a unified description of evolutionary processes and represents a stepping stone towards new tools and results to both fields.
AU - Paixao, Tiago
AU - Badkobeh, Golnaz
AU - Barton, Nicholas H
AU - Çörüş, Doğan
AU - Dang, Duccuong
AU - Friedrich, Tobias
AU - Lehre, Per
AU - Sudholt, Dirk
AU - Sutton, Andrew
AU - Trubenova, Barbora
ID - 1542
JF - Journal of Theoretical Biology
TI - Toward a unifying framework for evolutionary processes
VL - 383
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A plethora of diverse programmed cell death (PCD) processes has been described in living organisms. In animals and plants, different forms of PCD play crucial roles in development, immunity, and responses to the environment. While the molecular control of some animal PCD forms such as apoptosis is known in great detail, we still know comparatively little about the regulation of the diverse types of plant PCD. In part, this deficiency in molecular understanding is caused by the lack of reliable reporters to detect PCD processes. Here, we addressed this issue by using a combination of bioinformatics approaches to identify commonly regulated genes during diverse plant PCD processes in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Our results indicate that the transcriptional signatures of developmentally controlled cell death are largely distinct from the ones associated with environmentally induced cell death. Moreover, different cases of developmental PCD share a set of cell death-associated genes. Most of these genes are evolutionary conserved within the green plant lineage, arguing for an evolutionary conserved core machinery of developmental PCD. Based on this information, we established an array of specific promoter-reporter lines for developmental PCD in Arabidopsis. These PCD indicators represent a powerful resource that can be used in addition to established morphological and biochemical methods to detect and analyze PCD processes in vivo and in planta.
AU - Olvera Carrillo, Yadira
AU - Van Bel, Michiel
AU - Van Hautegem, Tom
AU - Fendrych, Matyas
AU - Huysmans, Marlies
AU - Šimášková, Mária
AU - Van Durme, Matthias
AU - Buscaill, Pierre
AU - Rivas, Susana
AU - Coll, Núria
AU - Coppens, Frederik
AU - Maere, Steven
AU - Nowack, Moritz
ID - 1543
IS - 4
JF - Plant Physiology
TI - A conserved core of programmed cell death indicator genes discriminates developmentally and environmentally induced programmed cell death in plants
VL - 169
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Cell division in prokaryotes and eukaryotes is commonly initiated by the well-controlled binding of proteins to the cytoplasmic side of the cell membrane. However, a precise characterization of the spatiotemporal dynamics of membrane-bound proteins is often difficult to achieve in vivo. Here, we present protocols for the use of supported lipid bilayers to rebuild the cytokinetic machineries of cells with greatly different dimensions: the bacterium Escherichia coli and eggs of the vertebrate Xenopus laevis. Combined with total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, these experimental setups allow for precise quantitative analyses of membrane-bound proteins. The protocols described to obtain glass-supported membranes from bacterial and vertebrate lipids can be used as starting points for other reconstitution experiments. We believe that similar biochemical assays will be instrumental to study the biochemistry and biophysics underlying a variety of complex cellular tasks, such as signaling, vesicle trafficking, and cell motility.
AU - Nguyen, Phuong
AU - Field, Christine
AU - Groen, Aaron
AU - Mitchison, Timothy
AU - Loose, Martin
ID - 1544
T2 - Building a Cell from its Components Parts
TI - Using supported bilayers to study the spatiotemporal organization of membrane-bound proteins
VL - 128
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Synaptic efficacy and precision are influenced by the coupling of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs) to vesicles. But because the topography of VGCCs and their proximity to vesicles is unknown, a quantitative understanding of the determinants of vesicular release at nanometer scale is lacking. To investigate this, we combined freeze-fracture replica immunogold labeling of Cav2.1 channels, local [Ca2+] imaging, and patch pipette perfusion of EGTA at the calyx of Held. Between postnatal day 7 and 21, VGCCs formed variable sized clusters and vesicular release became less sensitive to EGTA, whereas fixed Ca2+ buffer properties remained constant. Experimentally constrained reaction-diffusion simulations suggest that Ca2+ sensors for vesicular release are located at the perimeter of VGCC clusters (<30nm) and predict that VGCC number per cluster determines vesicular release probability without altering release time course. This "perimeter release model" provides a unifying framework accounting for developmental changes in both synaptic efficacy and time course.
AU - Nakamura, Yukihiro
AU - Harada, Harumi
AU - Kamasawa, Naomi
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Rothman, Jason
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
AU - Silver, R Angus
AU - Digregorio, David
AU - Takahashi, Tomoyuki
ID - 1546
IS - 1
JF - Neuron
TI - Nanoscale distribution of presynaptic Ca2+ channels and its impact on vesicular release during development
VL - 85
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let G be a graph on the vertex set V(G) = {x1,…,xn} with the edge set E(G), and let R = K[x1,…, xn] be the polynomial ring over a field K. Two monomial ideals are associated to G, the edge ideal I(G) generated by all monomials xixj with {xi,xj} ∈ E(G), and the vertex cover ideal IG generated by monomials ∏xi∈Cxi for all minimal vertex covers C of G. A minimal vertex cover of G is a subset C ⊂ V(G) such that each edge has at least one vertex in C and no proper subset of C has the same property. Indeed, the vertex cover ideal of G is the Alexander dual of the edge ideal of G. In this paper, for an unmixed bipartite graph G we consider the lattice of vertex covers LG and we explicitly describe the minimal free resolution of the ideal associated to LG which is exactly the vertex cover ideal of G. Then we compute depth, projective dimension, regularity and extremal Betti numbers of R/I(G) in terms of the associated lattice.
AU - Mohammadi, Fatemeh
AU - Moradi, Somayeh
ID - 1547
IS - 3
JF - Bulletin of the Korean Mathematical Society
TI - Resolution of unmixed bipartite graphs
VL - 52
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Reproduction within a host and transmission to the next host are crucial for the virulence and fitness of pathogens. Nevertheless, basic knowledge about such parameters is often missing from the literature, even for well-studied bacteria, such as Bacillus thuringiensis, an endospore-forming insect pathogen, which infects its hosts via the oral route. To characterize bacterial replication success, we made use of an experimental oral infection system for the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum and developed a flow cytometric assay for the quantification of both spore ingestion by the individual beetle larvae and the resulting spore load after bacterial replication and resporulation within cadavers. On average, spore numbers increased 460-fold, showing that Bacillus thuringiensis grows and replicates successfully in insect cadavers. By inoculating cadaver-derived spores and spores from bacterial stock cultures into nutrient medium, we next investigated outgrowth characteristics of vegetative cells and found that cadaver- derived bacteria showed reduced growth compared to bacteria from the stock cultures. Interestingly, this reduced growth was a consequence of inhibited spore germination, probably originating from the host and resulting in reduced host mortality in subsequent infections by cadaver-derived spores. Nevertheless, we further showed that Bacillus thuringiensis transmission was possible via larval cannibalism when no other food was offered. These results contribute to our understanding of the ecology of Bacillus thuringiensis as an insect pathogen.
AU - Milutinovic, Barbara
AU - Höfling, Christina
AU - Futo, Momir
AU - Scharsack, Jörn
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
ID - 1548
IS - 23
JF - Applied and Environmental Microbiology
TI - Infection of Tribolium castaneum with Bacillus thuringiensis: Quantification of bacterial replication within cadavers, transmission via cannibalism, and inhibition of spore germination
VL - 81
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Nature has incorporated small photochromic molecules, colloquially termed 'photoswitches', in photoreceptor proteins to sense optical cues in photo-taxis and vision. While Nature's ability to employ light-responsive functionalities has long been recognized, it was not until recently that scientists designed, synthesized and applied synthetic photochromes to manipulate many of which open rapidly and locally in their native cell types, biological processes with the temporal and spatial resolution of light. Ion channels in particular have come to the forefront of proteins that can be put under the designer control of synthetic photochromes. Photochromic ion channel controllers are comprised of three classes, photochromic soluble ligands (PCLs), photochromic tethered ligands (PTLs) and photochromic crosslinkers (PXs), and in each class ion channel functionality is controlled through reversible changes in photochrome structure. By acting as light-dependent ion channel agonists, antagonist or modulators, photochromic controllers effectively converted a wide range of ion channels, including voltage-gated ion channels, 'leak channels', tri-, tetra- and pentameric ligand-gated ion channels, and temperaturesensitive ion channels, into man-made photoreceptors. Control by photochromes can be reversible, unlike in the case of 'caged' compounds, and non-invasive with high spatial precision, unlike pharmacology and electrical manipulation. Here, we introduce design principles of emerging photochromic molecules that act on ion channels and discuss the impact that these molecules are beginning to have on ion channel biophysics and neuronal physiology.
AU - Mckenzie, Catherine
AU - Sanchez Romero, Inmaculada
AU - Janovjak, Harald L
ID - 1549
SN - 978-1-4939-2844-6
T2 - Novel chemical tools to study ion channel biology
TI - Flipping the photoswitch: Ion channels under light control
VL - 869
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) gives rise to the majority of mouse forebrain interneurons. Here, we examine the lineage relationship among MGE-derived interneurons using a replication-defective retroviral library containing a highly diverse set of DNA barcodes. Recovering the barcodes from the mature progeny of infected progenitor cells enabled us to unambiguously determine their respective lineal relationship. We found that clonal dispersion occurs across large areas of the brain and is not restricted by anatomical divisions. As such, sibling interneurons can populate the cortex, hippocampus striatum, and globus pallidus. The majority of interneurons appeared to be generated from asymmetric divisions of MGE progenitor cells, followed by symmetric divisions within the subventricular zone. Altogether, our findings uncover that lineage relationships do not appear to determine interneuron allocation to particular regions. As such, it is likely that clonally related interneurons have considerable flexibility as to the particular forebrain circuits to which they can contribute.
AU - Mayer, Christian
AU - Jaglin, Xavier
AU - Cobbs, Lucy
AU - Bandler, Rachel
AU - Streicher, Carmen
AU - Cepko, Constance
AU - Hippenmeyer, Simon
AU - Fishell, Gord
ID - 1550
IS - 5
JF - Neuron
TI - Clonally related forebrain interneurons disperse broadly across both functional areas and structural boundaries
VL - 87
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Reciprocal coevolution between host and pathogen is widely seen as a major driver of evolution and biological innovation. Yet, to date, the underlying genetic mechanisms and associated trait functions that are unique to rapid coevolutionary change are generally unknown. We here combined experimental evolution of the bacterial biocontrol agent Bacillus thuringiensis and its nematode host Caenorhabditis elegans with large-scale phenotyping, whole genome analysis, and functional genetics to demonstrate the selective benefit of pathogen virulence and the underlying toxin genes during the adaptation process. We show that: (i) high virulence was specifically favoured during pathogen–host coevolution rather than pathogen one-sided adaptation to a nonchanging host or to an environment without host; (ii) the pathogen genotype BT-679 with known nematocidal toxin genes and high virulence specifically swept to fixation in all of the independent replicate populations under coevolution but only some under one-sided adaptation; (iii) high virulence in the BT-679-dominated populations correlated with elevated copy numbers of the plasmid containing the nematocidal toxin genes; (iv) loss of virulence in a toxin-plasmid lacking BT-679 isolate was reconstituted by genetic reintroduction or external addition of the toxins.We conclude that sustained coevolution is distinct from unidirectional selection in shaping the pathogen's genome and life history characteristics. To our knowledge, this study is the first to characterize the pathogen genes involved in coevolutionary adaptation in an animal host–pathogen interaction system.
AU - El Masri, Leila
AU - Branca, Antoine
AU - Sheppard, Anna
AU - Papkou, Andrei
AU - Laehnemann, David
AU - Guenther, Patrick
AU - Prahl, Swantje
AU - Saebelfeld, Manja
AU - Hollensteiner, Jacqueline
AU - Liesegang, Heiko
AU - Brzuszkiewicz, Elzbieta
AU - Daniel, Rolf
AU - Michiels, Nico
AU - Schulte, Rebecca
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
AU - Rosenstiel, Philip
AU - Telschow, Arndt
AU - Bornberg Bauer, Erich
AU - Schulenburg, Hinrich
ID - 1551
IS - 6
JF - PLoS Biology
TI - Host–pathogen coevolution: The selective advantage of Bacillus thuringiensis virulence and its cry toxin genes
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cell movement has essential functions in development, immunity, and cancer. Various cell migration patterns have been reported, but no general rule has emerged so far. Here, we show on the basis of experimental data in vitro and in vivo that cell persistence, which quantifies the straightness of trajectories, is robustly coupled to cell migration speed. We suggest that this universal coupling constitutes a generic law of cell migration, which originates in the advection of polarity cues by an actin cytoskeleton undergoing flows at the cellular scale. Our analysis relies on a theoretical model that we validate by measuring the persistence of cells upon modulation of actin flow speeds and upon optogenetic manipulation of the binding of an actin regulator to actin filaments. Beyond the quantitative prediction of the coupling, the model yields a generic phase diagram of cellular trajectories, which recapitulates the full range of observed migration patterns.
AU - Maiuri, Paolo
AU - Rupprecht, Jean
AU - Wieser, Stefan
AU - Ruprecht, Verena
AU - Bénichou, Olivier
AU - Carpi, Nicolas
AU - Coppey, Mathieu
AU - De Beco, Simon
AU - Gov, Nir
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
AU - Lage Crespo, Carolina
AU - Lautenschlaeger, Franziska
AU - Le Berre, Maël
AU - Lennon Duménil, Ana
AU - Raab, Matthew
AU - Thiam, Hawa
AU - Piel, Matthieu
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Voituriez, Raphaël
ID - 1553
IS - 2
JF - Cell
TI - Actin flows mediate a universal coupling between cell speed and cell persistence
VL - 161
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The visualization of hormonal signaling input and output is key to understanding how multicellular development is regulated. The plant signaling molecule auxin triggers many growth and developmental responses, but current tools lack the sensitivity or precision to visualize these. We developed a set of fluorescent reporters that allow sensitive and semiquantitative readout of auxin responses at cellular resolution in Arabidopsis thaliana. These generic tools are suitable for any transformable plant species.
AU - Liao, Cheyang
AU - Smet, Wouter
AU - Brunoud, Géraldine
AU - Yoshida, Saiko
AU - Vernoux, Teva
AU - Weijers, Dolf
ID - 1554
IS - 3
JF - Nature Methods
TI - Reporters for sensitive and quantitative measurement of auxin response
VL - 12
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We show that incorporating spatial dispersal of individuals into a simple vaccination epidemic model may give rise to a model that exhibits rich dynamical behavior. Using an SIVS (susceptible-infected-vaccinated-susceptible) model as a basis, we describe the spread of an infectious disease in a population split into two regions. In each subpopulation, both forward and backward bifurcations can occur. This implies that for disconnected regions the two-patch system may admit several steady states. We consider traveling between the regions and investigate the impact of spatial dispersal of individuals on the model dynamics. We establish conditions for the existence of multiple nontrivial steady states in the system, and we study the structure of the equilibria. The mathematical analysis reveals an unusually rich dynamical behavior, not normally found in the simple epidemic models. In addition to the disease-free equilibrium, eight endemic equilibria emerge from backward transcritical and saddle-node bifurcation points, forming an interesting bifurcation diagram. Stability of steady states, their bifurcations, and the global dynamics are investigated with analytical tools, numerical simulations, and rigorous set-oriented numerical computations.
AU - Knipl, Diána
AU - Pilarczyk, Pawel
AU - Röst, Gergely
ID - 1555
IS - 2
JF - SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems
TI - Rich bifurcation structure in a two patch vaccination model
VL - 14
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The elongator complex subunit 2 (ELP2) protein, one subunit of an evolutionarily conserved histone acetyltransferase complex, has been shown to participate in leaf patterning, plant immune and abiotic stress responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here, its role in root development was explored. Compared to the wild type, the elp2 mutant exhibited an accelerated differentiation of its root stem cells and cell division was more active in its quiescent centre (QC). The key transcription factors responsible for maintaining root stem cell and QC identity, such as AP2 transcription factors PLT1 (PLETHORA1) and PLT2 (PLETHORA2), GRAS transcription factors such as SCR (SCARECROW) and SHR (SHORT ROOT) and WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX5 transcription factor WOX5, were all strongly down-regulated in the mutant. On the other hand, expression of the G2/M transition activator CYCB1 was substantially induced in elp2. The auxin efflux transporters PIN1 and PIN2 showed decreased protein levels and PIN1 also displayed mild polarity alterations in elp2, which resulted in a reduced auxin content in the root tip. Either the acetylation or methylation level of each of these genes differed between the mutant and the wild type, suggesting that the ELP2 regulation of root development involves the epigenetic modification of a range of transcription factors and other developmental regulators.
AU - Jia, Yuebin
AU - Tian, Huiyu
AU - Li, Hongjiang
AU - Yu, Qianqian
AU - Wang, Lei
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Ding, Zhaojun
ID - 1556
IS - 15
JF - Journal of Experimental Botany
TI - The Arabidopsis thaliana elongator complex subunit 2 epigenetically affects root development
VL - 66
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA)- and glycine-mediated hyperpolarizing inhibition is associated with a chloride influx that depends on the inwardly directed chloride electrochemical gradient. In neurons, the extrusion of chloride from the cytosol primarily depends on the expression of an isoform of potassium-chloride cotransporters (KCC2s). KCC2 is crucial in the regulation of the inhibitory tone of neural circuits, including pain processing neural assemblies. Thus we investigated the cellular distribution of KCC2 in neurons underlying pain processing in the superficial spinal dorsal horn of rats by using high-resolution immunocytochemical methods. We demonstrated that perikarya and dendrites widely expressed KCC2, but axon terminals proved to be negative for KCC2. In single ultrathin sections, silver deposits labeling KCC2 molecules showed different densities on the surface of dendritic profiles, some of which were negative for KCC2. In freeze fracture replicas and tissue sections double stained for the β3-subunit of GABAA receptors and KCC2, GABAA receptors were revealed on dendritic segments with high and also with low KCC2 densities. By measuring the distances between spots immunoreactive for gephyrin (a scaffolding protein of GABAA and glycine receptors) and KCC2 on the surface of neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor-immunoreactive dendrites, we found that gephyrin-immunoreactive spots were located at various distances from KCC2 cotransporters; 5.7 % of them were recovered in the middle of 4-10-μm-long dendritic segments that were free of KCC2 immunostaining. The variable local densities of KCC2 may result in variable postsynaptic potentials evoked by the activation of GABAA and glycine receptors along the dendrites of spinal neurons.
AU - Javdani, Fariba
AU - Holló, Krisztina
AU - Hegedűs, Krisztina
AU - Kis, Gréta
AU - Hegyi, Zoltán
AU - Dócs, Klaudia
AU - Kasugai, Yu
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
AU - Antal, Miklós
ID - 1557
IS - 13
JF - Journal of Comparative Neurology
TI - Differential expression patterns of K+Cl- cotransporter 2 in neurons within the superficial spinal dorsal horn of rats
VL - 523
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - CyclophilinAis a conserved peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase (PPIase) best known as the cellular receptor of the immunosuppressant cyclosporine A. Despite significant effort, evidence of developmental functions of cyclophilin A in non-plant systems has remained obscure. Mutations in a tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) cyclophilin A ortholog, DIAGEOTROPICA (DGT), have been shown to abolish the organogenesis of lateral roots; however, a mechanistic explanation of the phenotype is lacking. Here, we show that the dgt mutant lacks auxin maxima relevant to priming and specification of lateral root founder cells. DGT is expressed in shoot and root, and localizes to both the nucleus and cytoplasm during lateral root organogenesis. Mutation of ENTIRE/ IAA9, a member of the auxin-responsive Aux/IAA protein family of transcriptional repressors, partially restores the inability of dgt to initiate lateral root primordia but not the primordia outgrowth. By comparison, grafting of a wild-type scion restores the process of lateral root formation, consistent with participation of a mobile signal. Antibodies do not detect movement of the DGT protein into the dgt rootstock; however, experiments with radiolabeled auxin and an auxin-specific microelectrode demonstrate abnormal auxin fluxes. Functional studies of DGT in heterologous yeast and tobacco-leaf auxin-transport systems demonstrate that DGT negatively regulates PIN-FORMED (PIN) auxin efflux transporters by affecting their plasma membrane localization. Studies in tomato support complex effects of the dgt mutation on PIN expression level, expression domain and plasma membrane localization. Our data demonstrate that DGT regulates auxin transport in lateral root formation.
AU - Ivanchenko, Maria
AU - Zhu, Jinsheng
AU - Wang, Bangjun
AU - Medvecka, Eva
AU - Du, Yunlong
AU - Azzarello, Elisa
AU - Mancuso, Stefano
AU - Megraw, Molly
AU - Filichkin, Sergei
AU - Dubrovsky, Joseph
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Geisler, Markus
ID - 1558
IS - 4
JF - Development
TI - The cyclophilin a DIAGEOTROPICA gene affects auxin transport in both root and shoot to control lateral root formation
VL - 142
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - There are deep, yet largely unexplored, connections between computer science and biology. Both disciplines examine how information proliferates in time and space. Central results in computer science describe the complexity of algorithms that solve certain classes of problems. An algorithm is deemed efficient if it can solve a problem in polynomial time, which means the running time of the algorithm is a polynomial function of the length of the input. There are classes of harder problems for which the fastest possible algorithm requires exponential time. Another criterion is the space requirement of the algorithm. There is a crucial distinction between algorithms that can find a solution, verify a solution, or list several distinct solutions in given time and space. The complexity hierarchy that is generated in this way is the foundation of theoretical computer science. Precise complexity results can be notoriously difficult. The famous question whether polynomial time equals nondeterministic polynomial time (i.e., P = NP) is one of the hardest open problems in computer science and all of mathematics. Here, we consider simple processes of ecological and evolutionary spatial dynamics. The basic question is: What is the probability that a new invader (or a new mutant)will take over a resident population?We derive precise complexity results for a variety of scenarios. We therefore show that some fundamental questions in this area cannot be answered by simple equations (assuming that P is not equal to NP).
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 1559
IS - 51
JF - PNAS
TI - Computational complexity of ecological and evolutionary spatial dynamics
VL - 112
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Stromal cells in the subcapsular sinus of the lymph node 'decide' which cells and molecules are allowed access to the deeper parenchyma. The glycoprotein PLVAP is a crucial component of this selector function.
AU - Hons, Miroslav
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 1560
IS - 4
JF - Nature Immunology
TI - The lymph node filter revealed
VL - 16
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Replication-deficient recombinant adenoviruses are potent vectors for the efficient transient expression of exogenous genes in resting immune cells. However, most leukocytes are refractory to efficient adenoviral transduction as they lack expression of the coxsackie/adenovirus receptor (CAR). To circumvent this obstacle, we generated the R26/CAG-CARΔ1StopF (where R26 is ROSA26 and CAG is CMV early enhancer/chicken β actin promoter) knock-in mouse line. This strain allows monitoring of in situ Cre recombinase activity through expression of CARΔ1. Simultaneously, CARΔ1 expression permits selective and highly efficient adenoviral transduction of immune cell populations, such as mast cells or T cells, directly ex vivo in bulk cultures without prior cell purification or activation. Furthermore, we show that CARΔ1 expression dramatically improves adenoviral infection of in vitro differentiated conventional and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (DCs), basophils, mast cells, as well as Hoxb8-immortalized hematopoietic progenitor cells. This novel dual function mouse strain will hence be a valuable tool to rapidly dissect the function of specific genes in leukocyte physiology.
AU - Heger, Klaus
AU - Kober, Maike
AU - Rieß, David
AU - Drees, Christoph
AU - De Vries, Ingrid
AU - Bertossi, Arianna
AU - Roers, Axel
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Schmidt Supprian, Marc
ID - 1561
IS - 6
JF - European Journal of Immunology
TI - A novel Cre recombinase reporter mouse strain facilitates selective and efficient infection of primary immune cells with adenoviral vectors
VL - 45
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The plant hormone auxin is a key regulator of plant growth and development. Auxin levels are sensed and interpreted by distinct receptor systems that activate a broad range of cellular responses. The Auxin-Binding Protein1 (ABP1) that has been identified based on its ability to bind auxin with high affinity is a prime candidate for the extracellular receptor responsible for mediating a range of auxin effects, in particular, the fast non-transcriptional ones. Contradictory genetic studies suggested prominent or no importance of ABP1 in many developmental processes. However, how crucial the role of auxin binding to ABP1 is for its functions has not been addressed. Here, we show that the auxin-binding pocket of ABP1 is essential for its gain-of-function cellular and developmental roles. In total, 16 different abp1 mutants were prepared that possessed substitutions in the metal core or in the hydrophobic amino acids of the auxin-binding pocket as well as neutral mutations. Their analysis revealed that an intact auxin-binding pocket is a prerequisite for ABP1 to activate downstream components of the ABP1 signalling pathway, such as Rho of Plants (ROPs) and to mediate the clathrin association with membranes for endocytosis regulation. In planta analyses demonstrated the importance of the auxin binding pocket for all known ABP1-mediated postembryonic developmental processes, including morphology of leaf epidermal cells, root growth and root meristem activity, and vascular tissue differentiation. Taken together, these findings suggest that auxin binding to ABP1 is central to its function, supporting the role of ABP1 as auxin receptor.
AU - Grones, Peter
AU - Chen, Xu
AU - Simon, Sibu
AU - Kaufmann, Walter
AU - De Rycke, Riet
AU - Nodzyński, Tomasz
AU - Zažímalová, Eva
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 1562
IS - 16
JF - Journal of Experimental Botany
TI - Auxin-binding pocket of ABP1 is crucial for its gain-of-function cellular and developmental roles
VL - 66
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - For a given self-map $f$ of $M$, a closed smooth connected and simply-connected manifold of dimension $m\geq 4$, we provide an algorithm for estimating the values of the topological invariant $D^m_r[f]$, which equals the minimal number of $r$-periodic points in the smooth homotopy class of $f$. Our results are based on the combinatorial scheme for computing $D^m_r[f]$ introduced by G. Graff and J. Jezierski [J. Fixed Point Theory Appl. 13 (2013), 63-84]. An open-source implementation of the algorithm programmed in C++ is publicly available at {\tt http://www.pawelpilarczyk.com/combtop/}.
AU - Graff, Grzegorz
AU - Pilarczyk, Pawel
ID - 1563
IS - 1
JF - Topological Methods in Nonlinear Analysis
TI - An algorithmic approach to estimating the minimal number of periodic points for smooth self-maps of simply-connected manifolds
VL - 45
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Gilson, Matthieu
AU - Savin, Cristina
AU - Zenke, Friedemann
ID - 1564
IS - 11
JF - Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
TI - Editorial: Emergent neural computation from the interaction of different forms of plasticity
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Leptin is an adipokine produced by the adipose tissue regulating body weight through its appetite-suppressing effect. Besides being expressed in the hypothalamus and hippocampus, leptin receptors (ObRs) are also present in chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla. In the present study, we report the effect of leptin on mouse chromaffin cell (MCC) functionality, focusing on cell excitability and catecholamine secretion. Acute application of leptin (1 nm) on spontaneously firing MCCs caused a slowly developing membrane hyperpolarization followed by complete blockade of action potential (AP) firing. This inhibitory effect at rest was abolished by the BK channel blocker paxilline (1 μm), suggesting the involvement of BK potassium channels. Single-channel recordings in 'perforated microvesicles' confirmed that leptin increased BK channel open probability without altering its unitary conductance. BK channel up-regulation was associated with the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signalling cascade because the PI3K specific inhibitor wortmannin (100 nm) fully prevented BK current increase. We also tested the effect of leptin on evoked AP firing and Ca2+-driven exocytosis. Although leptin preserves well-adapted AP trains of lower frequency, APs are broader and depolarization-evoked exocytosis is increased as a result of the larger size of the ready-releasable pool and higher frequency of vesicle release. The kinetics and quantal size of single secretory events remained unaltered. Leptin had no effect on firing and secretion in db-/db- mice lacking the ObR gene, confirming its specificity. In conclusion, leptin exhibits a dual action on MCC activity. It dampens AP firing at rest but preserves AP firing and increases catecholamine secretion during sustained stimulation, highlighting the importance of the adipo-adrenal axis in the leptin-mediated increase of sympathetic tone and catecholamine release.
AU - Gavello, Daniela
AU - Vandael, David H
AU - Gosso, Sara
AU - Carbone, Emilio
AU - Carabelli, Valentina
ID - 1565
IS - 22
JF - Journal of Physiology
TI - Dual action of leptin on rest-firing and stimulated catecholamine release via phosphoinositide 3-kinase-riven BK channel up-regulation in mouse chromaffin cells
VL - 593
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Deposits of misfolded proteins in the human brain are associated with the development of many neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies show that these proteins have common traits even at the monomer level. Among them, a polyglutamine region that is present in huntingtin is known to exhibit a correlation between the length of the chain and the severity as well as the earliness of the onset of Huntington disease. Here, we apply bias exchange molecular dynamics to generate structures of polyglutamine expansions of several lengths and characterize the resulting independent conformations. We compare the properties of these conformations to those of the standard proteins, as well as to other homopolymeric tracts. We find that, similar to the previously studied polyvaline chains, the set of possible transient folds is much broader than the set of known-to-date folds, although the conformations have different structures. We show that the mechanical stability is not related to any simple geometrical characteristics of the structures. We demonstrate that long polyglutamine expansions result in higher mechanical stability than the shorter ones. They also have a longer life span and are substantially more prone to form knotted structures. The knotted region has an average length of 35 residues, similar to the typical threshold for most polyglutamine-related diseases. Similarly, changes in shape and mechanical stability appear once the total length of the peptide exceeds this threshold of 35 glutamine residues. We suggest that knotted conformers may also harm the cellular machinery and thus lead to disease.
AU - Gómez Sicilia, Àngel
AU - Sikora, Mateusz K
AU - Cieplak, Marek
AU - Carrión Vázquez, Mariano
ID - 1566
IS - 10
JF - PLoS Computational Biology
TI - An exploration of the universe of polyglutamine structures
VL - 11
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - My personal journey to the fascinating world of geometric forms started more than 30 years ago with the invention of alpha shapes in the plane. It took about 10 years before we generalized the concept to higher dimensions, we produced working software with a graphics interface for the three-dimensional case. At the same time, we added homology to the computations. Needless to say that this foreshadowed the inception of persistent homology, because it suggested the study of filtrations to capture the scale of a shape or data set. Importantly, this method has fast algorithms. The arguably most useful result on persistent homology is the stability of its diagrams under perturbations.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
ID - 1567
T2 - 23rd International Symposium
TI - Shape, homology, persistence, and stability
VL - 9411
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Aiming at the automatic diagnosis of tumors from narrow band imaging (NBI) magnifying endoscopy (ME) images of the stomach, we combine methods from image processing, computational topology, and machine learning to classify patterns into normal, tubular, vessel. Training the algorithm on a small number of images of each type, we achieve a high rate of correct classifications. The analysis of the learning algorithm reveals that a handful of geometric and topological features are responsible for the overwhelming majority of decisions.
AU - Dunaeva, Olga
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Lukyanov, Anton
AU - Machin, Michael
AU - Malkova, Daria
ID - 1568
T2 - Proceedings - 16th International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing
TI - The classification of endoscopy images with persistent homology
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TY - JOUR
AB - Spatial regulation of the plant hormone indole-3-acetic acid (IAA, or auxin) is essential for plant development. Auxin gradient establishment is mediated by polarly localized auxin transporters, including PIN-FORMED (PIN) proteins. Their localization and abundance at the plasma membrane are tightly regulated by endomembrane machinery, especially the endocytic and recycling pathways mediated by the ADP ribosylation factor guanine nucleotide exchange factor (ARF-GEF) GNOM. We assessed the role of the early secretory pathway in establishing PIN1 polarity in Arabidopsis thaliana by pharmacological and genetic approaches. We identified the compound endosidin 8 (ES8), which selectively interferes with PIN1 basal polarity without altering the polarity of apical proteins. ES8 alters the auxin distribution pattern in the root and induces a strong developmental phenotype, including reduced root length. The ARF-GEF- defective mutants gnom-like 1 ( gnl1-1) and gnom ( van7) are significantly resistant to ES8. The compound does not affect recycling or vacuolar trafficking of PIN1 but leads to its intracellular accumulation, resulting in loss of PIN1 basal polarity at the plasma membrane. Our data confirm a role for GNOM in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) - Golgi trafficking and reveal that a GNL1/GNOM-mediated early secretory pathway selectively regulates PIN1 basal polarity establishment in a manner essential for normal plant development.
AU - Doyle, Siamsa
AU - Haegera, Ash
AU - Vain, Thomas
AU - Rigala, Adeline
AU - Viotti, Corrado
AU - Łangowskaa, Małgorzata
AU - Maa, Qian
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Raikhel, Natasha
AU - Hickse, Glenn
AU - Robert, Stéphanie
ID - 1569
IS - 7
JF - PNAS
TI - An early secretory pathway mediated by gnom-like 1 and gnom is essential for basal polarity establishment in Arabidopsis thaliana
VL - 112
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Grounding autonomous behavior in the nervous system is a fundamental challenge for neuroscience. In particular, self-organized behavioral development provides more questions than answers. Are there special functional units for curiosity, motivation, and creativity? This paper argues that these features can be grounded in synaptic plasticity itself, without requiring any higher-level constructs. We propose differential extrinsic plasticity (DEP) as a new synaptic rule for self-learning systems and apply it to a number of complex robotic systems as a test case. Without specifying any purpose or goal, seemingly purposeful and adaptive rhythmic behavior is developed, displaying a certain level of sensorimotor intelligence. These surprising results require no systemspecific modifications of the DEP rule. They rather arise from the underlying mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking,which is due to the tight brain body environment coupling. The new synaptic rule is biologically plausible and would be an interesting target for neurobiological investigation. We also argue that this neuronal mechanism may have been a catalyst in natural evolution.
AU - Der, Ralf
AU - Martius, Georg S
ID - 1570
IS - 45
JF - PNAS
TI - Novel plasticity rule can explain the development of sensorimotor intelligence
VL - 112
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Epistatic interactions can frustrate and shape evolutionary change. Indeed, phenotypes may fail to evolve when essential mutations are only accessible through positive selection if they are fixed simultaneously. How environmental variability affects such constraints is poorly understood. Here, we studied genetic constraints in fixed and fluctuating environments using the Escherichia coli lac operon as a model system for genotype-environment interactions. We found that, in different fixed environments, all trajectories that were reconstructed by applying point mutations within the transcription factor-operator interface became trapped at suboptima, where no additional improvements were possible. Paradoxically, repeated switching between these same environments allows unconstrained adaptation by continuous improvements. This evolutionary mode is explained by pervasive cross-environmental tradeoffs that reposition the peaks in such a way that trapped genotypes can repeatedly climb ascending slopes and hence, escape adaptive stasis. Using a Markov approach, we developed a mathematical framework to quantify the landscape-crossing rates and show that this ratchet-like adaptive mechanism is robust in a wide spectrum of fluctuating environments. Overall, this study shows that genetic constraints can be overcome by environmental change and that crossenvironmental tradeoffs do not necessarily impede but also, can facilitate adaptive evolution. Because tradeoffs and environmental variability are ubiquitous in nature, we speculate this evolutionary mode to be of general relevance.
AU - De Vos, Marjon
AU - Dawid, Alexandre
AU - Šunderlíková, Vanda
AU - Tans, Sander
ID - 1571
IS - 48
JF - PNAS
TI - Breaking evolutionary constraint with a tradeoff ratchet
VL - 112
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the quantum ferromagnetic Heisenberg model in three dimensions, for all spins S ≥ 1/2. We rigorously prove the validity of the spin-wave approximation for the excitation spectrum, at the level of the first non-trivial contribution to the free energy at low temperatures. Our proof comes with explicit, constructive upper and lower bounds on the error term. It uses in an essential way the bosonic formulation of the model in terms of the Holstein-Primakoff representation. In this language, the model describes interacting bosons with a hard-core on-site repulsion and a nearest-neighbor attraction. This attractive interaction makes the lower bound on the free energy particularly tricky: the key idea there is to prove a differential inequality for the two-particle density, which is thereby shown to be smaller than the probability density of a suitably weighted two-particle random process on the lattice.
AU - Correggi, Michele
AU - Giuliani, Alessandro
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 1572
IS - 1
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - Validity of the spin-wave approximation for the free energy of the Heisenberg ferromagnet
VL - 339
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AB - We present a new, simpler proof of the unconditional uniqueness of solutions to the cubic Gross-Pitaevskii hierarchy in ℝ3. One of the main tools in our analysis is the quantum de Finetti theorem. Our uniqueness result is equivalent to the one established in the celebrated works of Erdos, Schlein, and Yau.
AU - Chen, Thomas
AU - Hainzl, Christian
AU - Pavlović, Nataša
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 1573
IS - 10
JF - Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
TI - Unconditional uniqueness for the cubic gross pitaevskii hierarchy via quantum de finetti
VL - 68
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