@article{1611,
abstract = {Biosensors for signaling molecules allow the study of physiological processes by bringing together the fields of protein engineering, fluorescence imaging, and cell biology. Construction of genetically encoded biosensors generally relies on the availability of a binding "core" that is both specific and stable, which can then be combined with fluorescent molecules to create a sensor. However, binding proteins with the desired properties are often not available in nature and substantial improvement to sensors can be required, particularly with regard to their durability. Ancestral protein reconstruction is a powerful protein-engineering tool able to generate highly stable and functional proteins. In this work, we sought to establish the utility of ancestral protein reconstruction to biosensor development, beginning with the construction of an l-arginine biosensor. l-arginine, as the immediate precursor to nitric oxide, is an important molecule in many physiological contexts including brain function. Using a combination of ancestral reconstruction and circular permutation, we constructed a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for l-arginine (cpFLIPR). cpFLIPR displays high sensitivity and specificity, with a Kd of ∼14 μM and a maximal dynamic range of 35%. Importantly, cpFLIPR was highly robust, enabling accurate l-arginine measurement at physiological temperatures. We established that cpFLIPR is compatible with two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy and report l-arginine concentrations in brain tissue.},
author = {Whitfield, Jason and Zhang, William and Herde, Michel and Clifton, Ben and Radziejewski, Johanna and Janovjak, Harald L and Henneberger, Christian and Jackson, Colin},
journal = {Protein Science},
number = {9},
pages = {1412 -- 1422},
publisher = {Wiley},
title = {{Construction of a robust and sensitive arginine biosensor through ancestral protein reconstruction}},
doi = {10.1002/pro.2721},
volume = {24},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1614,
abstract = {GABAergic perisoma-inhibiting fast-spiking interneurons (PIIs) effectively control the activity of large neuron populations by their wide axonal arborizations. It is generally assumed that the output of one PII to its target cells is strong and rapid. Here, we show that, unexpectedly, both strength and time course of PII-mediated perisomatic inhibition change with distance between synaptically connected partners in the rodent hippocampus. Synaptic signals become weaker due to lower contact numbers and decay more slowly with distance, very likely resulting from changes in GABAA receptor subunit composition. When distance-dependent synaptic inhibition is introduced to a rhythmically active neuronal network model, randomly driven principal cell assemblies are strongly synchronized by the PIIs, leading to higher precision in principal cell spike times than in a network with uniform synaptic inhibition. },
author = {Strüber, Michael and Jonas, Peter M and Bartos, Marlene},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {4},
pages = {1220 -- 1225},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{Strength and duration of perisomatic GABAergic inhibition depend on distance between synaptically connected cells}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1412996112},
volume = {112},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1615,
abstract = {Loss-of-function mutations in the synaptic adhesion protein Neuroligin-4 are among the most common genetic abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorders, but little is known about the function of Neuroligin-4 and the consequences of its loss. We assessed synaptic and network characteristics in Neuroligin-4 knockout mice, focusing on the hippocampus as a model brain region with a critical role in cognition and memory, and found that Neuroligin-4 deletion causes subtle defects of the protein composition and function of GABAergic synapses in the hippocampal CA3 region. Interestingly, these subtle synaptic changes are accompanied by pronounced perturbations of γ-oscillatory network activity, which has been implicated in cognitive function and is altered in multiple psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our data provide important insights into the mechanisms by which Neuroligin-4-dependent GABAergic synapses may contribute to autism phenotypes and indicate new strategies for therapeutic approaches.},
author = {Hammer, Matthieu and Krueger Burg, Dilja and Tuffy, Liam and Cooper, Benjamin and Taschenberger, Holger and Goswami, Sarit and Ehrenreich, Hannelore and Jonas, Peter M and Varoqueaux, Frederique and Rhee, Jeong and Brose, Nils},
journal = {Cell Reports},
number = {3},
pages = {516 -- 523},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism}},
doi = {10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.011},
volume = {13},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1618,
abstract = {CCL19 and CCL21 are chemokines involved in the trafficking of immune cells, particularly within the lymphatic system, through activation of CCR7. Concurrent expression of PSGL-1 and CCR7 in naive T-cells enhances recruitment of these cells to secondary lymphoid organs by CCL19 and CCL21. Here the solution structure of CCL19 is reported. It contains a canonical chemokine domain. Chemical shift mapping shows the N-termini of PSGL-1 and CCR7 have overlapping binding sites for CCL19 and binding is competitive. Implications for the mechanism of PSGL-1's enhancement of resting T-cell recruitment are discussed.},
author = {Veldkamp, Christopher and Kiermaier, Eva and Gabel Eissens, Skylar and Gillitzer, Miranda and Lippner, David and Disilvio, Frank and Mueller, Casey and Wantuch, Paeton and Chaffee, Gary and Famiglietti, Michael and Zgoba, Danielle and Bailey, Asha and Bah, Yaya and Engebretson, Samantha and Graupner, David and Lackner, Emily and Larosa, Vincent and Medeiros, Tysha and Olson, Michael and Phillips, Andrew and Pyles, Harley and Richard, Amanda and Schoeller, Scott and Touzeau, Boris and Williams, Larry and Sixt, Michael K and Peterson, Francis},
journal = {Biochemistry},
number = {27},
pages = {4163 -- 4166},
publisher = {ACS},
title = {{Solution structure of CCL19 and identification of overlapping CCR7 and PSGL-1 binding sites}},
doi = {10.1021/acs.biochem.5b00560},
volume = {54},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1623,
abstract = {Background
Photosynthetic cyanobacteria are attractive for a range of biotechnological applications including biofuel production. However, due to slow growth, screening of mutant libraries using microtiter plates is not feasible.
Results
We present a method for high-throughput, single-cell analysis and sorting of genetically engineered l-lactate-producing strains of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. A microfluidic device is used to encapsulate single cells in picoliter droplets, assay the droplets for l-lactate production, and sort strains with high productivity. We demonstrate the separation of low- and high-producing reference strains, as well as enrichment of a more productive l-lactate-synthesizing population after UV-induced mutagenesis. The droplet platform also revealed population heterogeneity in photosynthetic growth and lactate production, as well as the presence of metabolically stalled cells.
Conclusions
The workflow will facilitate metabolic engineering and directed evolution studies and will be useful in studies of cyanobacteria biochemistry and physiology.
},
author = {Hammar, Petter and Angermayr, Andreas and Sjostrom, Staffan and Van Der Meer, Josefin and Hellingwerf, Klaas and Hudson, Elton and Joensson, Hakaan},
journal = {Biotechnology for Biofuels},
number = {1},
publisher = {BioMed Central},
title = {{Single-cell screening of photosynthetic growth and lactate production by cyanobacteria}},
doi = {10.1186/s13068-015-0380-2},
volume = {8},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1624,
abstract = {Population structure can facilitate evolution of cooperation. In a structured population, cooperators can form clusters which resist exploitation by defectors. Recently, it was observed that a shift update rule is an extremely strong amplifier of cooperation in a one dimensional spatial model. For the shift update rule, an individual is chosen for reproduction proportional to fecundity; the offspring is placed next to the parent; a random individual dies. Subsequently, the population is rearranged (shifted) until all individual cells are again evenly spaced out. For large population size and a one dimensional population structure, the shift update rule favors cooperation for any benefit-to-cost ratio greater than one. But every attempt to generalize shift updating to higher dimensions while maintaining its strong effect has failed. The reason is that in two dimensions the clusters are fragmented by the movements caused by rearranging the cells. Here we introduce the natural phenomenon of a repulsive force between cells of different types. After a birth and death event, the cells are being rearranged minimizing the overall energy expenditure. If the repulsive force is sufficiently high, shift becomes a strong promoter of cooperation in two dimensions.},
author = {Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Adlam, Ben and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Cellular cooperation with shift updating and repulsion}},
doi = {10.1038/srep17147},
volume = {5},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1625,
abstract = {In recent years we have seen numerous improvements on 3D scanning and tracking of human faces, greatly advancing the creation of digital doubles for film and video games. However, despite the high-resolution quality of the reconstruction approaches available, current methods are unable to capture one of the most important regions of the face - the eye region. In this work we present the first method for detailed spatio-temporal reconstruction of eyelids. Tracking and reconstructing eyelids is extremely challenging, as this region exhibits very complex and unique skin deformation where skin is folded under while opening the eye. Furthermore, eyelids are often only partially visible and obstructed due to selfocclusion and eyelashes. Our approach is to combine a geometric deformation model with image data, leveraging multi-view stereo, optical flow, contour tracking and wrinkle detection from local skin appearance. Our deformation model serves as a prior that enables reconstruction of eyelids even under strong self-occlusions caused by rolling and folding skin as the eye opens and closes. The output is a person-specific, time-varying eyelid reconstruction with anatomically plausible deformations. Our high-resolution detailed eyelids couple naturally with current facial performance capture approaches. As a result, our method can largely increase the fidelity of facial capture and the creation of digital doubles.},
author = {Bermano, Amit and Beeler, Thabo and Kozlov, Yeara and Bradley, Derek and Bickel, Bernd and Gross, Markus},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Detailed spatio-temporal reconstruction of eyelids}},
doi = {10.1145/2766924},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1626,
abstract = {This paper introduces "OmniAD," a novel data-driven pipeline to model and acquire the aerodynamics of three-dimensional rigid objects. Traditionally, aerodynamics are examined through elaborate wind tunnel experiments or expensive fluid dynamics computations, and are only measured for a small number of discrete wind directions. OmniAD allows the evaluation of aerodynamic forces, such as drag and lift, for any incoming wind direction using a novel representation based on spherical harmonics. Our datadriven technique acquires the aerodynamic properties of an object simply by capturing its falling motion using a single camera. Once model parameters are estimated, OmniAD enables realistic realtime simulation of rigid bodies, such as the tumbling and gliding of leaves, without simulating the surrounding air. In addition, we propose an intuitive user interface based on OmniAD to interactively design three-dimensional kites that actually fly. Various nontraditional kites were designed to demonstrate the physical validity of our model.},
author = {Martin, Tobias and Umetani, Nobuyuki and Bickel, Bernd},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{OmniAD: Data-driven omni-directional aerodynamics}},
doi = {10.1145/2766919},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1627,
abstract = {We present a computational tool for fabrication-oriented design of flexible rod meshes. Given a deformable surface and a set of deformed poses as input, our method automatically computes a printable rod mesh that, once manufactured, closely matches the input poses under the same boundary conditions. The core of our method is formed by an optimization scheme that adjusts the cross-sectional profiles of the rods and their rest centerline in order to best approximate the target deformations. This approach allows us to locally control the bending and stretching resistance of the surface with a single material, yielding high design flexibility and low fabrication cost.},
author = {Pérez, Jesús and Thomaszewski, Bernhard and Coros, Stelian and Bickel, Bernd and Canabal, José and Sumner, Robert and Otaduy, Miguel},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Design and fabrication of flexible rod meshes}},
doi = {10.1145/2766998},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1628,
abstract = {We propose a method for fabricating deformable objects with spatially varying elasticity using 3D printing. Using a single, relatively stiff printer material, our method designs an assembly of smallscale microstructures that have the effect of a softer material at the object scale, with properties depending on the microstructure used in each part of the object. We build on work in the area of metamaterials, using numerical optimization to design tiled microstructures with desired properties, but with the key difference that our method designs families of related structures that can be interpolated to smoothly vary the material properties over a wide range. To create an object with spatially varying elastic properties, we tile the object's interior with microstructures drawn from these families, generating a different microstructure for each cell using an efficient algorithm to select compatible structures for neighboring cells. We show results computed for both 2D and 3D objects, validating several 2D and 3D printed structures using standard material tests as well as demonstrating various example applications.},
author = {Schumacher, Christian and Bickel, Bernd and Rys, Jan and Marschner, Steve and Daraio, Chiara and Gross, Markus},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, USA},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Microstructures to control elasticity in 3D printing}},
doi = {10.1145/2766926},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1630,
abstract = {We present a method to learn and propagate shape placements in 2D polygonal scenes from a few examples provided by a user. The placement of a shape is modeled as an oriented bounding box. Simple geometric relationships between this bounding box and nearby scene polygons define a feature set for the placement. The feature sets of all example placements are then used to learn a probabilistic model over all possible placements and scenes. With this model, we can generate a new set of placements with similar geometric relationships in any given scene. We introduce extensions that enable propagation and generation of shapes in 3D scenes, as well as the application of a learned modeling session to large scenes without additional user interaction. These concepts allow us to generate complex scenes with thousands of objects with relatively little user interaction.},
author = {Guerrero, Paul and Jeschke, Stefan and Wimmer, Michael and Wonka, Peter},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Learning shape placements by example}},
doi = {10.1145/2766933},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1632,
abstract = {This paper presents a liquid simulation technique that enforces the incompressibility condition using a stream function solve instead of a pressure projection. Previous methods have used stream function techniques for the simulation of detailed single-phase flows, but a formulation for liquid simulation has proved elusive in part due to the free surface boundary conditions. In this paper, we introduce a stream function approach to liquid simulations with novel boundary conditions for free surfaces, solid obstacles, and solid-fluid coupling.
Although our approach increases the dimension of the linear system necessary to enforce incompressibility, it provides interesting and surprising benefits. First, the resulting flow is guaranteed to be divergence-free regardless of the accuracy of the solve. Second, our free-surface boundary conditions guarantee divergence-free motion even in the un-simulated air phase, which enables two-phase flow simulation by only computing a single phase. We implemented this method using a variant of FLIP simulation which only samples particles within a narrow band of the liquid surface, and we illustrate the effectiveness of our method for detailed two-phase flow simulations with complex boundaries, detailed bubble interactions, and two-way solid-fluid coupling.},
author = {Ando, Ryoichi and Thuerey, Nils and Wojtan, Christopher J},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, USA},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{A stream function solver for liquid simulations}},
doi = {10.1145/2766935},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1633,
abstract = {We present a method for simulating brittle fracture under the assumptions of quasi-static linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM). Using the boundary element method (BEM) and Lagrangian crack-fronts, we produce highly detailed fracture surfaces. The computational cost of the BEM is alleviated by using a low-resolution mesh and interpolating the resulting stress intensity factors when propagating the high-resolution crack-front.
Our system produces physics-based fracture surfaces with high spatial and temporal resolution, taking spatial variation of material toughness and/or strength into account. It also allows for crack initiation to be handled separately from crack propagation, which is not only more reasonable from a physics perspective, but can also be used to control the simulation.
Separating the resolution of the crack-front from the resolution of the computational mesh increases the efficiency and therefore the amount of visual detail on the resulting fracture surfaces. The BEM also allows us to re-use previously computed blocks of the system matrix.},
author = {Hahn, David and Wojtan, Christopher J},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{High-resolution brittle fracture simulation with boundary elements}},
doi = {10.1145/2766896},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1634,
abstract = {Simulating the delightful dynamics of soap films, bubbles, and foams has traditionally required the use of a fully three-dimensional many-phase Navier-Stokes solver, even though their visual appearance is completely dominated by the thin liquid surface. We depart from earlier work on soap bubbles and foams by noting that their dynamics are naturally described by a Lagrangian vortex sheet model in which circulation is the primary variable. This leads us to derive a novel circulation-preserving surface-only discretization of foam dynamics driven by surface tension on a non-manifold triangle mesh. We represent the surface using a mesh-based multimaterial surface tracker which supports complex bubble topology changes, and evolve the surface according to the ambient air flow induced by a scalar circulation field stored on the mesh. Surface tension forces give rise to a simple update rule for circulation, even at non-manifold Plateau borders, based on a discrete measure of signed scalar mean curvature. We further incorporate vertex constraints to enable the interaction of soap films with wires. The result is a method that is at once simple, robust, and efficient, yet able to capture an array of soap films behaviors including foam rearrangement, catenoid collapse, blowing bubbles, and double bubbles being pulled apart.},
author = {Da, Fang and Batty, Christopher and Wojtan, Christopher J and Grinspun, Eitan},
location = {Los Angeles, CA, United States},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Double bubbles sans toil and trouble: discrete circulation-preserving vortex sheets for soap films and foams}},
doi = {10.1145/2767003},
volume = {34},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1635,
abstract = {We calculate a Ricci curvature lower bound for some classical examples of random walks, namely, a chain on a slice of the n-dimensional discrete cube (the so-called Bernoulli-Laplace model) and the random transposition shuffle of the symmetric group of permutations on n letters.},
author = {Erbar, Matthias and Maas, Jan and Tetali, Prasad},
journal = {Annales de la faculté des sciences de Toulouse},
number = {4},
pages = {781 -- 800},
publisher = {Univ. Paul Sabatier},
title = {{Discrete Ricci curvature bounds for Bernoulli-Laplace and random transposition models}},
doi = {10.5802/afst.1464},
volume = {24},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1636,
abstract = {Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP) is a fundamental algorithmic problem that appears in many areas of Computer Science. It can be equivalently stated as computing a homomorphism R→ΓΓ between two relational structures, e.g. between two directed graphs. Analyzing its complexity has been a prominent research direction, especially for the fixed template CSPs where the right side ΓΓ is fixed and the left side R is unconstrained.
Far fewer results are known for the hybrid setting that restricts both sides simultaneously. It assumes that R belongs to a certain class of relational structures (called a structural restriction in this paper). We study which structural restrictions are effective, i.e. there exists a fixed template ΓΓ (from a certain class of languages) for which the problem is tractable when R is restricted, and NP-hard otherwise. We provide a characterization for structural restrictions that are closed under inverse homomorphisms. The criterion is based on the chromatic number of a relational structure defined in this paper; it generalizes the standard chromatic number of a graph.
As our main tool, we use the algebraic machinery developed for fixed template CSPs. To apply it to our case, we introduce a new construction called a “lifted language”. We also give a characterization for structural restrictions corresponding to minor-closed families of graphs, extend results to certain Valued CSPs (namely conservative valued languages), and state implications for (valued) CSPs with ordered variables and for the maximum weight independent set problem on some restricted families of graphs.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Rolinek, Michal and Takhanov, Rustem},
location = {Nagoya, Japan},
pages = {566 -- 577},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Effectiveness of structural restrictions for hybrid CSPs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48971-0_48},
volume = {9472},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1637,
abstract = {An instance of the Valued Constraint Satisfaction Problem (VCSP) is given by a finite set of variables, a finite domain of labels, and a sum of functions, each function depending on a subset of the variables. Each function can take finite values specifying costs of assignments of labels to its variables or the infinite value, which indicates an infeasible assignment. The goal is to find an assignment of labels to the variables that minimizes the sum. We study, assuming that P ≠ NP, how the complexity of this very general problem depends on the set of functions allowed in the instances, the so-called constraint language. The case when all allowed functions take values in {0, ∞} corresponds to ordinary CSPs, where one deals only with the feasibility issue and there is no optimization. This case is the subject of the Algebraic CSP Dichotomy Conjecture predicting for which constraint languages CSPs are tractable (i.e. solvable in polynomial time) and for which NP-hard. The case when all allowed functions take only finite values corresponds to finite-valued CSP, where the feasibility aspect is trivial and one deals only with the optimization issue. The complexity of finite-valued CSPs was fully classified by Thapper and Zivny. An algebraic necessary condition for tractability of a general-valued CSP with a fixed constraint language was recently given by Kozik and Ochremiak. As our main result, we prove that if a constraint language satisfies this algebraic necessary condition, and the feasibility CSP (i.e. the problem of deciding whether a given instance has a feasible solution) corresponding to the VCSP with this language is tractable, then the VCSP is tractable. The algorithm is a simple combination of the assumed algorithm for the feasibility CSP and the standard LP relaxation. As a corollary, we obtain that a dichotomy for ordinary CSPs would imply a dichotomy for general-valued CSPs.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Krokhin, Andrei and Rolinek, Michal},
location = {Berkeley, CA, United States},
pages = {1246 -- 1258},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{The complexity of general-valued CSPs}},
doi = {10.1109/FOCS.2015.80},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1638,
abstract = {The mitochondrial respiratory chain, also known as the electron transport chain (ETC), is crucial to life, and energy production in the form of ATP is the main mitochondrial function. Three proton-translocating enzymes of the ETC, namely complexes I, III and IV, generate proton motive force, which in turn drives ATP synthase (complex V). The atomic structures and basic mechanisms of most respiratory complexes have previously been established, with the exception of complex I, the largest complex in the ETC. Recently, the crystal structure of the entire complex I was solved using a bacterial enzyme. The structure provided novel insights into the core architecture of the complex, the electron transfer and proton translocation pathways, as well as the mechanism that couples these two processes.},
author = {Sazanov, Leonid A},
journal = {Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology},
number = {6},
pages = {375 -- 388},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{A giant molecular proton pump: structure and mechanism of respiratory complex I}},
doi = {10.1038/nrm3997},
volume = {16},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1639,
abstract = {In this paper the optimal transport and the metamorphosis perspectives are combined. For a pair of given input images geodesic paths in the space of images are defined as minimizers of a resulting path energy. To this end, the underlying Riemannian metric measures the rate of transport cost and the rate of viscous dissipation. Furthermore, the model is capable to deal with strongly varying image contrast and explicitly allows for sources and sinks in the transport equations which are incorporated in the metric related to the metamorphosis approach by Trouvé and Younes. In the non-viscous case with source term existence of geodesic paths is proven in the space of measures. The proposed model is explored on the range from merely optimal transport to strongly dissipative dynamics. For this model a robust and effective variational time discretization of geodesic paths is proposed. This requires to minimize a discrete path energy consisting of a sum of consecutive image matching functionals. These functionals are defined on corresponding pairs of intensity functions and on associated pairwise matching deformations. Existence of time discrete geodesics is demonstrated. Furthermore, a finite element implementation is proposed and applied to instructive test cases and to real images. In the non-viscous case this is compared to the algorithm proposed by Benamou and Brenier including a discretization of the source term. Finally, the model is generalized to define discrete weighted barycentres with applications to textures and objects.},
author = {Maas, Jan and Rumpf, Martin and Schönlieb, Carola and Simon, Stefan},
journal = {ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis},
number = {6},
pages = {1745 -- 1769},
publisher = {EDP Sciences},
title = {{A generalized model for optimal transport of images including dissipation and density modulation}},
doi = {10.1051/m2an/2015043},
volume = {49},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1640,
abstract = {Auxin and cytokinin are key endogenous regulators of plant development. Although cytokinin-mediated modulation of auxin distribution is a developmentally crucial hormonal interaction, its molecular basis is largely unknown. Here we show a direct regulatory link between cytokinin signalling and the auxin transport machinery uncovering a mechanistic framework for cytokinin-auxin cross-talk. We show that the CYTOKININ RESPONSE FACTORS (CRFs), transcription factors downstream of cytokinin perception, transcriptionally control genes encoding PIN-FORMED (PIN) auxin transporters at a specific PIN CYTOKININ RESPONSE ELEMENT (PCRE) domain. Removal of this cis-regulatory element effectively uncouples PIN transcription from the CRF-mediated cytokinin regulation and attenuates plant cytokinin sensitivity. We propose that CRFs represent a missing cross-talk component that fine-tunes auxin transport capacity downstream of cytokinin signalling to control plant development.},
author = {Šimášková, Mária and O'Brien, José and Khan-Djamei, Mamoona and Van Noorden, Giel and Ötvös, Krisztina and Vieten, Anne and De Clercq, Inge and Van Haperen, Johanna and Cuesta, Candela and Hoyerová, Klára and Vanneste, Steffen and Marhavy, Peter and Wabnik, Krzysztof T and Van Breusegem, Frank and Nowack, Moritz and Murphy, Angus and Friml, Jiřĺ and Weijers, Dolf and Beeckman, Tom and Benková, Eva},
journal = {Nature Communications},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Cytokinin response factors regulate PIN-FORMED auxin transporters}},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms9717},
volume = {6},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1642,
abstract = {The Hanani-Tutte theorem is a classical result proved for the first time in the 1930s that characterizes planar graphs as graphs that admit a drawing in the plane in which every pair of edges not sharing a vertex cross an even number of times. We generalize this result to clustered graphs with two disjoint clusters, and show that a straightforward extension to flat clustered graphs with three or more disjoint clusters is not possible. For general clustered graphs we show a variant of the Hanani-Tutte theorem in the case when each cluster induces a connected subgraph. Di Battista and Frati proved that clustered planarity of embedded clustered graphs whose every face is incident to at most five vertices can be tested in polynomial time. We give a new and short proof of this result, using the matroid intersection algorithm.},
author = {Fulek, Radoslav and Kynčl, Jan and Malinovič, Igor and Pálvölgyi, Dömötör},
journal = {Electronic Journal of Combinatorics},
number = {4},
publisher = {Electronic Journal of Combinatorics},
title = {{Clustered planarity testing revisited}},
volume = {22},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1644,
abstract = {Increasing the computational complexity of evaluating a hash function, both for the honest users as well as for an adversary, is a useful technique employed for example in password-based cryptographic schemes to impede brute-force attacks, and also in so-called proofs of work (used in protocols like Bitcoin) to show that a certain amount of computation was performed by a legitimate user. A natural approach to adjust the complexity of a hash function is to iterate it c times, for some parameter c, in the hope that any query to the scheme requires c evaluations of the underlying hash function. However, results by Dodis et al. (Crypto 2012) imply that plain iteration falls short of achieving this goal, and designing schemes which provably have such a desirable property remained an open problem. This paper formalizes explicitly what it means for a given scheme to amplify the query complexity of a hash function. In the random oracle model, the goal of a secure query-complexity amplifier (QCA) scheme is captured as transforming, in the sense of indifferentiability, a random oracle allowing R queries (for the adversary) into one provably allowing only r < R queries. Turned around, this means that making r queries to the scheme requires at least R queries to the actual random oracle. Second, a new scheme, called collision-free iteration, is proposed and proven to achieve c-fold QCA for both the honest parties and the adversary, for any fixed parameter c.},
author = {Demay, Grégory and Gazi, Peter and Maurer, Ueli and Tackmann, Björn},
location = {Lugano, Switzerland},
pages = {159 -- 180},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Query-complexity amplification for random oracles}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-17470-9_10},
volume = {9063},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1645,
abstract = {Secret-key constructions are often proved secure in a model where one or more underlying components are replaced by an idealized oracle accessible to the attacker. This model gives rise to information-theoretic security analyses, and several advances have been made in this area over the last few years. This paper provides a systematic overview of what is achievable in this model, and how existing works fit into this view.},
author = {Gazi, Peter and Tessaro, Stefano},
booktitle = {2015 IEEE Information Theory Workshop},
location = {Jerusalem, Israel},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Secret-key cryptography from ideal primitives: A systematic verview}},
doi = {10.1109/ITW.2015.7133163},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1646,
abstract = {A pseudorandom function (PRF) is a keyed function F : K × X → Y where, for a random key k ∈ K, the function F(k, ·) is indistinguishable from a uniformly random function, given black-box access. A key-homomorphic PRF has the additional feature that for any keys k, k' and any input x, we have F(k+k', x) = F(k, x)⊕F(k', x) for some group operations +,⊕ on K and Y, respectively. A constrained PRF for a family of setsS ⊆ P(X) has the property that, given any key k and set S ∈ S, one can efficiently compute a “constrained” key kS that enables evaluation of F(k, x) on all inputs x ∈ S, while the values F(k, x) for x /∈ S remain pseudorandom even given kS. In this paper we construct PRFs that are simultaneously constrained and key homomorphic, where the homomorphic property holds even for constrained keys. We first show that the multilinear map-based bit-fixing and circuit-constrained PRFs of Boneh and Waters (Asiacrypt 2013) can be modified to also be keyhomomorphic. We then show that the LWE-based key-homomorphic PRFs of Banerjee and Peikert (Crypto 2014) are essentially already prefix-constrained PRFs, using a (non-obvious) definition of constrained keys and associated group operation. Moreover, the constrained keys themselves are pseudorandom, and the constraining and evaluation functions can all be computed in low depth. As an application of key-homomorphic constrained PRFs,we construct a proxy re-encryption schemewith fine-grained access control. This scheme allows storing encrypted data on an untrusted server, where each file can be encrypted relative to some attributes, so that only parties whose constrained keys match the attributes can decrypt. Moreover, the server can re-key (arbitrary subsets of) the ciphertexts without learning anything about the plaintexts, thus permitting efficient and finegrained revocation.},
author = {Banerjee, Abishek and Fuchsbauer, Georg and Peikert, Chris and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z and Stevens, Sophie},
location = {Warsaw, Poland},
pages = {31 -- 60},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Key-homomorphic constrained pseudorandom functions}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-46497-7_2},
volume = {9015},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1647,
abstract = {Round-optimal blind signatures are notoriously hard to construct in the standard model, especially in the malicious-signer model, where blindness must hold under adversarially chosen keys. This is substantiated by several impossibility results. The only construction that can be termed theoretically efficient, by Garg and Gupta (Eurocrypt’14), requires complexity leveraging, inducing an exponential security loss. We present a construction of practically efficient round-optimal blind signatures in the standard model. It is conceptually simple and builds on the recent structure-preserving signatures on equivalence classes (SPSEQ) from Asiacrypt’14. While the traditional notion of blindness follows from standard assumptions, we prove blindness under adversarially chosen keys under an interactive variant of DDH. However, we neither require non-uniform assumptions nor complexity leveraging. We then show how to extend our construction to partially blind signatures and to blind signatures on message vectors, which yield a construction of one-show anonymous credentials à la “anonymous credentials light” (CCS’13) in the standard model. Furthermore, we give the first SPS-EQ construction under noninteractive assumptions and show how SPS-EQ schemes imply conventional structure-preserving signatures, which allows us to apply optimality results for the latter to SPS-EQ.},
author = {Fuchsbauer, Georg and Hanser, Christian and Slamanig, Daniel},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, United States},
pages = {233 -- 253},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Practical round-optimal blind signatures in the standard model}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48000-7_12},
volume = {9216},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1648,
abstract = {Generalized Selective Decryption (GSD), introduced by Panjwani [TCC’07], is a game for a symmetric encryption scheme Enc that captures the difficulty of proving adaptive security of certain protocols, most notably the Logical Key Hierarchy (LKH) multicast encryption protocol. In the GSD game there are n keys k1,..., kn, which the adversary may adaptively corrupt (learn); moreover, it can ask for encryptions Encki (kj) of keys under other keys. The adversary’s task is to distinguish keys (which it cannot trivially compute) from random. Proving the hardness of GSD assuming only IND-CPA security of Enc is surprisingly hard. Using “complexity leveraging” loses a factor exponential in n, which makes the proof practically meaningless. We can think of the GSD game as building a graph on n vertices, where we add an edge i → j when the adversary asks for an encryption of kj under ki. If restricted to graphs of depth ℓ, Panjwani gave a reduction that loses only a factor exponential in ℓ (not n). To date, this is the only non-trivial result known for GSD. In this paper we give almost-polynomial reductions for large classes of graphs. Most importantly, we prove the security of the GSD game restricted to trees losing only a quasi-polynomial factor n3 log n+5. Trees are an important special case capturing real-world protocols like the LKH protocol. Our new bound improves upon Panjwani’s on some LKH variants proposed in the literature where the underlying tree is not balanced. Our proof builds on ideas from the “nested hybrids” technique recently introduced by Fuchsbauer et al. [Asiacrypt’14] for proving the adaptive security of constrained PRFs.},
author = {Fuchsbauer, Georg and Jafargholi, Zahra and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, USA},
pages = {601 -- 620},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{A quasipolynomial reduction for generalized selective decryption on trees}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-47989-6_29},
volume = {9215},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1649,
abstract = {We extend a commitment scheme based on the learning with errors over rings (RLWE) problem, and present efficient companion zeroknowledge proofs of knowledge. Our scheme maps elements from the ring (or equivalently, n elements from },
author = {Benhamouda, Fabrice and Krenn, Stephan and Lyubashevsky, Vadim and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
location = {Vienna, Austria},
pages = {305 -- 325},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Efficient zero-knowledge proofs for commitments from learning with errors over rings}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-24174-6_16},
volume = {9326},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1650,
abstract = {We consider the task of deriving a key with high HILL entropy (i.e., being computationally indistinguishable from a key with high min-entropy) from an unpredictable source.
Previous to this work, the only known way to transform unpredictability into a key that was ϵ indistinguishable from having min-entropy was via pseudorandomness, for example by Goldreich-Levin (GL) hardcore bits. This approach has the inherent limitation that from a source with k bits of unpredictability entropy one can derive a key of length (and thus HILL entropy) at most k−2log(1/ϵ) bits. In many settings, e.g. when dealing with biometric data, such a 2log(1/ϵ) bit entropy loss in not an option. Our main technical contribution is a theorem that states that in the high entropy regime, unpredictability implies HILL entropy. Concretely, any variable K with |K|−d bits of unpredictability entropy has the same amount of so called metric entropy (against real-valued, deterministic distinguishers), which is known to imply the same amount of HILL entropy. The loss in circuit size in this argument is exponential in the entropy gap d, and thus this result only applies for small d (i.e., where the size of distinguishers considered is exponential in d).
To overcome the above restriction, we investigate if it’s possible to first “condense” unpredictability entropy and make the entropy gap small. We show that any source with k bits of unpredictability can be condensed into a source of length k with k−3 bits of unpredictability entropy. Our condenser simply “abuses" the GL construction and derives a k bit key from a source with k bits of unpredicatibily. The original GL theorem implies nothing when extracting that many bits, but we show that in this regime, GL still behaves like a “condenser" for unpredictability. This result comes with two caveats (1) the loss in circuit size is exponential in k and (2) we require that the source we start with has no HILL entropy (equivalently, one can efficiently check if a guess is correct). We leave it as an intriguing open problem to overcome these restrictions or to prove they’re inherent.},
author = {Skórski, Maciej and Golovnev, Alexander and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
pages = {1046 -- 1057},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Condensed unpredictability }},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-47672-7_85},
volume = {9134},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1651,
abstract = {Cryptographic e-cash allows off-line electronic transactions between a bank, users and merchants in a secure and anonymous fashion. A plethora of e-cash constructions has been proposed in the literature; however, these traditional e-cash schemes only allow coins to be transferred once between users and merchants. Ideally, we would like users to be able to transfer coins between each other multiple times before deposit, as happens with physical cash. “Transferable” e-cash schemes are the solution to this problem. Unfortunately, the currently proposed schemes are either completely impractical or do not achieve the desirable anonymity properties without compromises, such as assuming the existence of a trusted “judge” who can trace all coins and users in the system. This paper presents the first efficient and fully anonymous transferable e-cash scheme without any trusted third parties. We start by revising the security and anonymity properties of transferable e-cash to capture issues that were previously overlooked. For our construction we use the recently proposed malleable signatures by Chase et al. to allow the secure and anonymous transfer of coins, combined with a new efficient double-spending detection mechanism. Finally, we discuss an instantiation of our construction.},
author = {Baldimtsi, Foteini and Chase, Melissa and Fuchsbauer, Georg and Kohlweiss, Markulf},
location = {Gaithersburg, MD, USA},
pages = {101 -- 124},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Anonymous transferable e-cash}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-46447-2_5},
volume = {9020},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1652,
abstract = {We develop new theoretical tools for proving lower-bounds on the (amortized) complexity of certain functions in models of parallel computation. We apply the tools to construct a class of functions with high amortized memory complexity in the parallel Random Oracle Model (pROM); a variant of the standard ROM allowing for batches of simultaneous queries. In particular we obtain a new, more robust, type of Memory-Hard Functions (MHF); a security primitive which has recently been gaining acceptance in practice as an effective means of countering brute-force attacks on security relevant functions. Along the way we also demonstrate an important shortcoming of previous definitions of MHFs and give a new definition addressing the problem. The tools we develop represent an adaptation of the powerful pebbling paradigm (initially introduced by Hewitt and Paterson [HP70] and Cook [Coo73]) to a simple and intuitive parallel setting. We define a simple pebbling game Gp over graphs which aims to abstract parallel computation in an intuitive way. As a conceptual contribution we define a measure of pebbling complexity for graphs called cumulative complexity (CC) and show how it overcomes a crucial shortcoming (in the parallel setting) exhibited by more traditional complexity measures used in the past. As a main technical contribution we give an explicit construction of a constant in-degree family of graphs whose CC in Gp approaches maximality to within a polylogarithmic factor for any graph of equal size (analogous to the graphs of Tarjan et. al. [PTC76, LT82] for sequential pebbling games). Finally, for a given graph G and related function fG, we derive a lower-bound on the amortized memory complexity of fG in the pROM in terms of the CC of G in the game Gp.},
author = {Alwen, Joel F and Serbinenko, Vladimir},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 47th annual ACM symposium on Theory of computing},
location = {Portland, OR, United States},
pages = {595 -- 603},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{High parallel complexity graphs and memory-hard functions}},
doi = {10.1145/2746539.2746622},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1654,
abstract = {HMAC and its variant NMAC are the most popular approaches to deriving a MAC (and more generally, a PRF) from a cryptographic hash function. Despite nearly two decades of research, their exact security still remains far from understood in many different contexts. Indeed, recent works have re-surfaced interest for {\em generic} attacks, i.e., attacks that treat the compression function of the underlying hash function as a black box.
Generic security can be proved in a model where the underlying compression function is modeled as a random function -- yet, to date, the question of proving tight, non-trivial bounds on the generic security of HMAC/NMAC even as a PRF remains a challenging open question.
In this paper, we ask the question of whether a small modification to HMAC and NMAC can allow us to exactly characterize the security of the resulting constructions, while only incurring little penalty with respect to efficiency. To this end, we present simple variants of NMAC and HMAC, for which we prove tight bounds on the generic PRF security, expressed in terms of numbers of construction and compression function queries necessary to break the construction. All of our constructions are obtained via a (near) {\em black-box} modification of NMAC and HMAC, which can be interpreted as an initial step of key-dependent message pre-processing.
While our focus is on PRF security, a further attractive feature of our new constructions is that they clearly defeat all recent generic attacks against properties such as state recovery and universal forgery. These exploit properties of the so-called ``functional graph'' which are not directly accessible in our new constructions. },
author = {Gazi, Peter and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z and Tessaro, Stefano},
location = {Auckland, New Zealand},
pages = {85 -- 109},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Generic security of NMAC and HMAC with input whitening}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48800-3_4},
volume = {9453},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1655,
abstract = {Quantifying behaviors of robots which were generated autonomously from task-independent objective functions is an important prerequisite for objective comparisons of algorithms and movements of animals. The temporal sequence of such a behavior can be considered as a time series and hence complexity measures developed for time series are natural candidates for its quantification. The predictive information and the excess entropy are such complexity measures. They measure the amount of information the past contains about the future and thus quantify the nonrandom structure in the temporal sequence. However, when using these measures for systems with continuous states one has to deal with the fact that their values will depend on the resolution with which the systems states are observed. For deterministic systems both measures will diverge with increasing resolution. We therefore propose a new decomposition of the excess entropy in resolution dependent and resolution independent parts and discuss how they depend on the dimensionality of the dynamics, correlations and the noise level. For the practical estimation we propose to use estimates based on the correlation integral instead of the direct estimation of the mutual information based on next neighbor statistics because the latter allows less control of the scale dependencies. Using our algorithm we are able to show how autonomous learning generates behavior of increasing complexity with increasing learning duration.},
author = {Martius, Georg S and Olbrich, Eckehard},
journal = {Entropy},
number = {10},
pages = {7266 -- 7297},
publisher = {Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute},
title = {{Quantifying emergent behavior of autonomous robots}},
doi = {10.3390/e17107266},
volume = {17},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1656,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
booktitle = {Proceedings - Symposium on Logic in Computer Science},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Nested weighted automata}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2015.72},
volume = {2015-July},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1657,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives. There exist 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 optimization with respect to both objectives at once, thus unifying the existing semantics. Precisely, the goal is to optimize the expectation while ensuring the satisfaction constraint. Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., Ensure certain probabilistic guarantee). Our main results are as follows: First, we present algorithms for the decision problems, 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. Second, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Komárková, Zuzana and Kretinsky, Jan},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
pages = {244 -- 256},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2015.32},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1658,
abstract = {Continuous-time Markov chain (CTMC) models have become a central tool for understanding the dynamics of complex reaction networks and the importance of stochasticity in the underlying biochemical processes. When such models are employed to answer questions in applications, in order to ensure that the model provides a sufficiently accurate representation of the real system, it is of vital importance that the model parameters are inferred from real measured data. This, however, is often a formidable task and all of the existing methods fail in one case or the other, usually because the underlying CTMC model is high-dimensional and computationally difficult to analyze. The parameter inference methods that tend to scale best in the dimension of the CTMC are based on so-called moment closure approximations. However, there exists a large number of different moment closure approximations and it is typically hard to say a priori which of the approximations is the most suitable for the inference procedure. Here, we propose a moment-based parameter inference method that automatically chooses the most appropriate moment closure method. Accordingly, contrary to existing methods, the user is not required to be experienced in moment closure techniques. In addition to that, our method adaptively changes the approximation during the parameter inference to ensure that always the best approximation is used, even in cases where different approximations are best in different regions of the parameter space.},
author = {Bogomolov, Sergiy and Henzinger, Thomas A and Podelski, Andreas and Ruess, Jakob and Schilling, Christian},
location = {Nantes, France},
pages = {77 -- 89},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Adaptive moment closure for parameter inference of biochemical reaction networks}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-23401-4_8},
volume = {9308},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1659,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Boker, Udi and Henzinger, Thomas A and Otop, Jan},
booktitle = {LICS},
issn = {1043-6871 },
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
pages = {750 -- 761},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{The target discounted-sum problem}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2015.74},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1660,
abstract = {We study the pattern frequency vector for runs in probabilistic Vector Addition Systems with States (pVASS). Intuitively, each configuration of a given pVASS is assigned one of finitely many patterns, and every run can thus be seen as an infinite sequence of these patterns. The pattern frequency vector assigns to each run the limit of pattern frequencies computed for longer and longer prefixes of the run. If the limit does not exist, then the vector is undefined. We show that for one-counter pVASS, the pattern frequency vector is defined and takes one of finitely many values for almost all runs. Further, these values and their associated probabilities can be approximated up to an arbitrarily small relative error in polynomial time. For stable two-counter pVASS, we show the same result, but we do not provide any upper complexity bound. As a byproduct of our study, we discover counterexamples falsifying some classical results about stochastic Petri nets published in the 80s.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Kiefer, Stefan and Kučera, Antonín and Novotny, Petr},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
pages = {44 -- 55},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Long-run average behaviour of probabilistic vector addition systems}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2015.15},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1661,
abstract = {The computation of the winning set for one-pair Streett objectives and for k-pair Streett objectives in (standard) graphs as well as in game graphs are central problems in computer-aided verification, with application to the verification of closed systems with strong fairness conditions, the verification of open systems, checking interface compatibility, well-formed ness of specifications, and the synthesis of reactive systems. We give faster algorithms for the computation of the winning set for (1) one-pair Streett objectives (aka parity-3 problem) in game graphs and (2) for k-pair Streett objectives in graphs. For both problems this represents the first improvement in asymptotic running time in 15 years.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika and Loitzenbauer, Veronika},
booktitle = {Proceedings - Symposium on Logic in Computer Science},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Improved algorithms for one-pair and k-pair Streett objectives}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2015.34},
volume = {2015-July},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1663,
abstract = {CREB-binding protein (CBP) and p300 are transcriptional coactivators involved in numerous biological processes that affect cell growth, transformation, differentiation, and development. In this study, we provide evidence of the involvement of homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2 (HIPK2) in the regulation of CBP activity. We show that HIPK2 interacts with and phosphorylates several regions of CBP. We demonstrate that serines 2361, 2363, 2371, 2376, and 2381 are responsible for the HIPK2-induced mobility shift of CBP C-terminal activation domain. Moreover, we show that HIPK2 strongly potentiates the transcriptional activity of CBP. However, our data suggest that HIPK2 activates CBP mainly by counteracting the repressive action of cell cycle regulatory domain 1 (CRD1), located between amino acids 977 and 1076, independently of CBP phosphorylation. Our findings thus highlight a complex regulation of CBP activity by HIPK2, which might be relevant for the control of specific sets of target genes involved in cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis.},
author = {Kovács, Krisztián and Steinmann, Myriam and Halfon, Olivier and Magistretti, Pierre and Cardinaux, Jean},
journal = {Cellular Signalling},
number = {11},
pages = {2252 -- 2260},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Complex regulation of CREB-binding protein by homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2}},
doi = {10.1016/j.cellsig.2015.08.001},
volume = {27},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1664,
abstract = {Over a century of research into the origin of turbulence in wall-bounded shear flows has resulted in a puzzling picture in which turbulence appears in a variety of different states competing with laminar background flow. At moderate flow speeds, turbulence is confined to localized patches; it is only at higher speeds that the entire flow becomes turbulent. The origin of the different states encountered during this transition, the front dynamics of the turbulent regions and the transformation to full turbulence have yet to be explained. By combining experiments, theory and computer simulations, here we uncover a bifurcation scenario that explains the transformation to fully turbulent pipe flow and describe the front dynamics of the different states encountered in the process. Key to resolving this problem is the interpretation of the flow as a bistable system with nonlinear propagation (advection) of turbulent fronts. These findings bridge the gap between our understanding of the onset of turbulence and fully turbulent flows.},
author = {Barkley, Dwight and Song, Baofang and Vasudevan, Mukund and Lemoult, Grégoire M and Avila, Marc and Hof, Björn},
journal = {Nature},
number = {7574},
pages = {550 -- 553},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{The rise of fully turbulent flow}},
doi = {10.1038/nature15701},
volume = {526},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1665,
abstract = {Which genetic alterations drive tumorigenesis and how they evolve over the course of disease and therapy are central questions in cancer biology. Here we identify 44 recurrently mutated genes and 11 recurrent somatic copy number variations through whole-exome sequencing of 538 chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and matched germline DNA samples, 278 of which were collected in a prospective clinical trial. These include previously unrecognized putative cancer drivers (RPS15, IKZF3), and collectively identify RNA processing and export, MYC activity, and MAPK signalling as central pathways involved in CLL. Clonality analysis of this large data set further enabled reconstruction of temporal relationships between driver events. Direct comparison between matched pre-treatment and relapse samples from 59 patients demonstrated highly frequent clonal evolution. Thus, large sequencing data sets of clinically informative samples enable the discovery of novel genes associated with cancer, the network of relationships between the driver events, and their impact on disease relapse and clinical outcome.},
author = {Landau, Dan and Tausch, Eugen and Taylor Weiner, Amaro and Stewart, Chip and Reiter, Johannes and Bahlo, Jasmin and Kluth, Sandra and Božić, Ivana and Lawrence, Michael and Böttcher, Sebastian and Carter, Scott and Cibulskis, Kristian and Mertens, Daniel and Sougnez, Carrie and Rosenberg, Mara and Hess, Julian and Edelmann, Jennifer and Kless, Sabrina and Kneba, Michael and Ritgen, Matthias and Fink, Anna and Fischer, Kirsten and Gabriel, Stacey and Lander, Eric and Nowak, Martin and Döhner, Hartmut and Hallek, Michael and Neuberg, Donna and Getz, Gad and Stilgenbauer, Stephan and Wu, Catherine},
journal = {Nature},
number = {7574},
pages = {525 -- 530},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Mutations driving CLL and their evolution in progression and relapse}},
doi = {10.1038/nature15395},
volume = {526},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1667,
abstract = {We consider parametric version of fixed-delay continuoustime Markov chains (or equivalently deterministic and stochastic Petri nets, DSPN) where fixed-delay transitions are specified by parameters, rather than concrete values. Our goal is to synthesize values of these parameters that, for a given cost function, minimise expected total cost incurred before reaching a given set of target states. We show that under mild assumptions, optimal values of parameters can be effectively approximated using translation to a Markov decision process (MDP) whose actions correspond to discretized values of these parameters. To this end we identify and overcome several interesting phenomena arising in systems with fixed delays.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Korenčiak, L'Uboš and Krčál, Jan and Novotny, Petr and Řehák, Vojtěch},
location = {Madrid, Spain},
pages = {141 -- 159},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Optimizing performance of continuous-time stochastic systems using timeout synthesis}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-22264-6_10},
volume = {9259},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1668,
abstract = {We revisit the security (as a pseudorandom permutation) of cascading-based constructions for block-cipher key-length extension. Previous works typically considered the extreme case where the adversary is given the entire codebook of the construction, the only complexity measure being the number qe of queries to the underlying ideal block cipher, representing adversary’s secret-key-independent computation. Here, we initiate a systematic study of the more natural case of an adversary restricted to adaptively learning a number qc of plaintext/ciphertext pairs that is less than the entire codebook. For any such qc, we aim to determine the highest number of block-cipher queries qe the adversary can issue without being able to successfully distinguish the construction (under a secret key) from a random permutation.
More concretely, we show the following results for key-length extension schemes using a block cipher with n-bit blocks and κ-bit keys:
Plain cascades of length ℓ=2r+1 are secure whenever qcqre≪2r(κ+n), qc≪2κ and qe≪22κ. The bound for r=1 also applies to two-key triple encryption (as used within Triple DES).
The r-round XOR-cascade is secure as long as qcqre≪2r(κ+n), matching an attack by Gaži (CRYPTO 2013).
We fully characterize the security of Gaži and Tessaro’s two-call },
author = {Gazi, Peter and Lee, Jooyoung and Seurin, Yannick and Steinberger, John and Tessaro, Stefano},
location = {Istanbul, Turkey},
pages = {319 -- 341},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Relaxing full-codebook security: A refined analysis of key-length extension schemes}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48116-5_16},
volume = {9054},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1669,
abstract = {Computational notions of entropy (a.k.a. pseudoentropy) have found many applications, including leakage-resilient cryptography, deterministic encryption or memory delegation. The most important tools to argue about pseudoentropy are chain rules, which quantify by how much (in terms of quantity and quality) the pseudoentropy of a given random variable X decreases when conditioned on some other variable Z (think for example of X as a secret key and Z as information leaked by a side-channel). In this paper we give a very simple and modular proof of the chain rule for HILL pseudoentropy, improving best known parameters. Our version allows for increasing the acceptable length of leakage in applications up to a constant factor compared to the best previous bounds. As a contribution of independent interest, we provide a comprehensive study of all known versions of the chain rule, comparing their worst-case strength and limitations.},
author = {Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z and Skórski, Maciej},
location = {Guadalajara, Mexico},
pages = {81 -- 98},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{The chain rule for HILL pseudoentropy, revisited}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-22174-8_5},
volume = {9230},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1670,
abstract = {Planning in hybrid domains poses a special challenge due to the involved mixed discrete-continuous dynamics. A recent solving approach for such domains is based on applying model checking techniques on a translation of PDDL+ planning problems to hybrid automata. However, the proposed translation is limited because must behavior is only overapproximated, and hence, processes and events are not reflected exactly. In this paper, we present the theoretical foundation of an exact PDDL+ translation. We propose a schema to convert a hybrid automaton with must transitions into an equivalent hybrid automaton featuring only may transitions.},
author = {Bogomolov, Sergiy and Magazzeni, Daniele and Minopoli, Stefano and Wehrle, Martin},
location = {Jerusalem, Israel},
pages = {42 -- 46},
publisher = {AAAI Press},
title = {{PDDL+ planning with hybrid automata: Foundations of translating must behavior}},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1671,
abstract = {This paper studies the concrete security of PRFs and MACs obtained by keying hash functions based on the sponge paradigm. One such hash function is KECCAK, selected as NIST’s new SHA-3 standard. In contrast to other approaches like HMAC, the exact security of keyed sponges is not well understood. Indeed, recent security analyses delivered concrete security bounds which are far from existing attacks. This paper aims to close this gap. We prove (nearly) exact bounds on the concrete PRF security of keyed sponges using a random permutation. These bounds are tight for the most relevant ranges of parameters, i.e., for messages of length (roughly) l ≤ min{2n/4, 2r} blocks, where n is the state size and r is the desired output length; and for l ≤ q queries (to the construction or the underlying permutation). Moreover, we also improve standard-model bounds. As an intermediate step of independent interest, we prove tight bounds on the PRF security of the truncated CBC-MAC construction, which operates as plain CBC-MAC, but only returns a prefix of the output.},
author = {Gazi, Peter and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z and Tessaro, Stefano},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, United States},
pages = {368 -- 387},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{The exact PRF security of truncation: Tight bounds for keyed sponges and truncated CBC}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-47989-6_18},
volume = {9215},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1672,
abstract = {Composable notions of incoercibility aim to forbid a coercer from using anything beyond the coerced parties’ inputs and outputs to catch them when they try to deceive him. Existing definitions are restricted to weak coercion types, and/or are not universally composable. Furthermore, they often make too strong assumptions on the knowledge of coerced parties—e.g., they assume they known the identities and/or the strategies of other coerced parties, or those of corrupted parties— which makes them unsuitable for applications of incoercibility such as e-voting, where colluding adversarial parties may attempt to coerce honest voters, e.g., by offering them money for a promised vote, and use their own view to check that the voter keeps his end of the bargain. In this work we put forward the first universally composable notion of incoercible multi-party computation, which satisfies the above intuition and does not assume collusions among coerced parties or knowledge of the corrupted set. We define natural notions of UC incoercibility corresponding to standard coercion-types, i.e., receipt-freeness and resistance to full-active coercion. Importantly, our suggested notion has the unique property that it builds on top of the well studied UC framework by Canetti instead of modifying it. This guarantees backwards compatibility, and allows us to inherit results from the rich UC literature. We then present MPC protocols which realize our notions of UC incoercibility given access to an arguably minimal setup—namely honestly generate tamper-proof hardware performing a very simple cryptographic operation—e.g., a smart card. This is, to our knowledge, the first proposed construction of an MPC protocol (for more than two parties) that is incoercibly secure and universally composable, and therefore the first construction of a universally composable receipt-free e-voting protocol.},
author = {Alwen, Joel F and Ostrovsky, Rafail and Zhou, Hongsheng and Zikas, Vassilis},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, United States},
pages = {763 -- 780},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Incoercible multi-party computation and universally composable receipt-free voting}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48000-7_37},
volume = {9216},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1673,
abstract = {When a new mutant arises in a population, there is a probability it outcompetes the residents and fixes. The structure of the population can affect this fixation probability. Suppressing population structures reduce the difference between two competing variants, while amplifying population structures enhance the difference. Suppressors are ubiquitous and easy to construct, but amplifiers for the large population limit are more elusive and only a few examples have been discovered. Whether or not a population structure is an amplifier of selection depends on the probability distribution for the placement of the invading mutant. First, we prove that there exist only bounded amplifiers for adversarial placement-that is, for arbitrary initial conditions. Next, we show that the Star population structure, which is known to amplify for mutants placed uniformly at random, does not amplify for mutants that arise through reproduction and are therefore placed proportional to the temperatures of the vertices. Finally, we construct population structures that amplify for all mutational events that arise through reproduction, uniformly at random, or through some combination of the two. },
author = {Adlam, Ben and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
number = {2181},
publisher = {Royal Society of London},
title = {{Amplifiers of selection}},
doi = {10.1098/rspa.2015.0114},
volume = {471},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1674,
abstract = {We consider N × N random matrices of the form H = W + V where W is a real symmetric Wigner matrix and V a random or deterministic, real, diagonal matrix whose entries are independent of W. We assume subexponential decay for the matrix entries of W and we choose V so that the eigenvalues of W and V are typically of the same order. For a large class of diagonal matrices V, we show that the rescaled distribution of the extremal eigenvalues is given by the Tracy-Widom distribution F1 in the limit of large N. Our proofs also apply to the complex Hermitian setting, i.e. when W is a complex Hermitian Wigner matrix.},
author = {Lee, Jioon and Schnelli, Kevin},
journal = {Reviews in Mathematical Physics},
number = {8},
publisher = {World Scientific Publishing},
title = {{Edge universality for deformed Wigner matrices}},
doi = {10.1142/S0129055X1550018X},
volume = {27},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1675,
abstract = {Proofs of work (PoW) have been suggested by Dwork and Naor (Crypto’92) as protection to a shared resource. The basic idea is to ask the service requestor to dedicate some non-trivial amount of computational work to every request. The original applications included prevention of spam and protection against denial of service attacks. More recently, PoWs have been used to prevent double spending in the Bitcoin digital currency system. In this work, we put forward an alternative concept for PoWs - so-called proofs of space (PoS), where a service requestor must dedicate a significant amount of disk space as opposed to computation. We construct secure PoS schemes in the random oracle model (with one additional mild assumption required for the proof to go through), using graphs with high “pebbling complexity” and Merkle hash-trees. We discuss some applications, including follow-up work where a decentralized digital currency scheme called Spacecoin is constructed that uses PoS (instead of wasteful PoW like in Bitcoin) to prevent double spending. The main technical contribution of this work is the construction of (directed, loop-free) graphs on N vertices with in-degree O(log logN) such that even if one places Θ(N) pebbles on the nodes of the graph, there’s a constant fraction of nodes that needs Θ(N) steps to be pebbled (where in every step one can put a pebble on a node if all its parents have a pebble).},
author = {Dziembowski, Stefan and Faust, Sebastian and Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z},
location = {Santa Barbara, CA, United States},
pages = {585 -- 605},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Proofs of space}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48000-7_29},
volume = {9216},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1676,
author = {Sixt, Michael K and Raz, Erez},
journal = {Current Opinion in Cell Biology},
number = {10},
pages = {4 -- 6},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Editorial overview: Cell adhesion and migration}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ceb.2015.09.004},
volume = {36},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1677,
abstract = {We consider real symmetric and complex Hermitian random matrices with the additional symmetry hxy = hN-y,N-x. The matrix elements are independent (up to the fourfold symmetry) and not necessarily identically distributed. This ensemble naturally arises as the Fourier transform of a Gaussian orthogonal ensemble. Italso occurs as the flip matrix model - an approximation of the two-dimensional Anderson model at small disorder. We show that the density of states converges to the Wigner semicircle law despite the new symmetry type. We also prove the local version of the semicircle law on the optimal scale.},
author = {Alt, Johannes},
journal = {Journal of Mathematical Physics},
number = {10},
publisher = {American Institute of Physics},
title = {{The local semicircle law for random matrices with a fourfold symmetry}},
doi = {10.1063/1.4932606},
volume = {56},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1678,
abstract = {High-throughput live-cell screens are intricate elements of systems biology studies and drug discovery pipelines. Here, we demonstrate an optogenetics-assisted method that avoids the need for chemical activators and reporters, reduces the number of operational steps and increases information content in a cell-based small-molecule screen against human protein kinases, including an orphan receptor tyrosine kinase. This blueprint for all-optical screening can be adapted to many drug targets and cellular processes.},
author = {Inglés Prieto, Álvaro and Gschaider-Reichhart, Eva and Muellner, Markus and Nowak, Matthias and Nijman, Sebastian and Grusch, Michael and Janovjak, Harald L},
journal = {Nature Chemical Biology},
number = {12},
pages = {952 -- 954},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Light-assisted small-molecule screening against protein kinases}},
doi = {10.1038/nchembio.1933},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1679,
author = {Lemoult, Grégoire M and Maier, Philipp and Hof, Björn},
journal = {Physics of Fluids},
number = {9},
publisher = {American Institute of Physics},
title = {{Taylor's Forest}},
doi = {10.1063/1.4930850},
volume = {27},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1680,
abstract = {We consider the satisfiability problem for modal logic over first-order definable classes of frames.We confirm the conjecture from Hemaspaandra and Schnoor [2008] that modal logic is decidable over classes definable by universal Horn formulae. We provide a full classification of Horn formulae with respect to the complexity of the corresponding satisfiability problem. It turns out, that except for the trivial case of inconsistent formulae, local satisfiability is eitherNP-complete or PSPACE-complete, and global satisfiability is NP-complete, PSPACE-complete, or ExpTime-complete. We also show that the finite satisfiability problem for modal logic over Horn definable classes of frames is decidable. On the negative side, we show undecidability of two related problems. First, we exhibit a simple universal three-variable formula defining the class of frames over which modal logic is undecidable. Second, we consider the satisfiability problem of bimodal logic over Horn definable classes of frames, and also present a formula leading to undecidability.},
author = {Michaliszyn, Jakub and Otop, Jan and Kieroňski, Emanuel},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Computational Logic},
number = {1},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{On the decidability of elementary modal logics}},
doi = {10.1145/2817825},
volume = {17},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1681,
abstract = {In many social situations, individuals endeavor to find the single best possible partner, but are constrained to evaluate the candidates in sequence. Examples include the search for mates, economic partnerships, or any other long-term ties where the choice to interact involves two parties. Surprisingly, however, previous theoretical work on mutual choice problems focuses on finding equilibrium solutions, while ignoring the evolutionary dynamics of decisions. Empirically, this may be of high importance, as some equilibrium solutions can never be reached unless the population undergoes radical changes and a sufficient number of individuals change their decisions simultaneously. To address this question, we apply a mutual choice sequential search problem in an evolutionary game-theoretical model that allows one to find solutions that are favored by evolution. As an example, we study the influence of sequential search on the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation. For this, we focus on the classic snowdrift game and the prisoner’s dilemma game.},
author = {Priklopil, Tadeas and Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
journal = {Games},
number = {4},
pages = {413 -- 437},
publisher = {Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute},
title = {{Evolution of decisions in population games with sequentially searching individuals}},
doi = {10.3390/g6040413},
volume = {6},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1682,
abstract = {We study the problem of robust satisfiability of systems of nonlinear equations, namely, whether for a given continuous function f:K→ ℝn on a finite simplicial complex K and α > 0, it holds that each function g: K → ℝn such that ||g - f || ∞ < α, has a root in K. Via a reduction to the extension problem of maps into a sphere, we particularly show that this problem is decidable in polynomial time for every fixed n, assuming dimK ≤ 2n - 3. This is a substantial extension of previous computational applications of topological degree and related concepts in numerical and interval analysis. Via a reverse reduction, we prove that the problem is undecidable when dim K > 2n - 2, where the threshold comes from the stable range in homotopy theory. For the lucidity of our exposition, we focus on the setting when f is simplexwise linear. Such functions can approximate general continuous functions, and thus we get approximation schemes and undecidability of the robust satisfiability in other possible settings.},
author = {Franek, Peter and Krcál, Marek},
journal = {Journal of the ACM},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Robust satisfiability of systems of equations}},
doi = {10.1145/2751524},
volume = {62},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1683,
abstract = {The 1 MDa, 45-subunit proton-pumping NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) is the largest complex of the mitochondrial electron transport chain. The molecular mechanism of complex I is central to the metabolism of cells, but has yet to be fully characterized. The last two years have seen steady progress towards this goal with the first atomic-resolution structure of the entire bacterial complex I, a 5 Å cryo-electron microscopy map of bovine mitochondrial complex I and a ∼3.8 Å resolution X-ray crystallographic study of mitochondrial complex I from yeast Yarrowia lipotytica. In this review we will discuss what we have learned from these studies and what remains to be elucidated.},
author = {Letts, Jame A and Sazanov, Leonid A},
journal = {Current Opinion in Structural Biology},
number = {8},
pages = {135 -- 145},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Gaining mass: The structure of respiratory complex I-from bacterial towards mitochondrial versions}},
doi = {10.1016/j.sbi.2015.08.008},
volume = {33},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1684,
abstract = {Many species groups, including mammals and many insects, determine sex using heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Diptera flies, which include the model Drosophila melanogaster, generally have XY sex chromosomes and a conserved karyotype consisting of six chromosomal arms (five large rods and a small dot), but superficially similar karyotypes may conceal the true extent of sex chromosome variation. Here, we use whole-genome analysis in 37 fly species belonging to 22 different families of Diptera and uncover tremendous hidden diversity in sex chromosome karyotypes among flies. We identify over a dozen different sex chromosome configurations, and the small dot chromosome is repeatedly used as the sex chromosome, which presumably reflects the ancestral karyotype of higher Diptera. However, we identify species with undifferentiated sex chromosomes, others in which a different chromosome replaced the dot as a sex chromosome or in which up to three chromosomal elements became incorporated into the sex chromosomes, and others yet with female heterogamety (ZW sex chromosomes). Transcriptome analysis shows that dosage compensation has evolved multiple times in flies, consistently through up-regulation of the single X in males. However, X chromosomes generally show a deficiency of genes with male-biased expression, possibly reflecting sex-specific selective pressures. These species thus provide a rich resource to study sex chromosome biology in a comparative manner and show that similar selective forces have shaped the unique evolution of sex chromosomes in diverse fly taxa.},
author = {Vicoso, Beatriz and Bachtrog, Doris},
journal = {PLoS Biology},
number = {4},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Numerous transitions of sex chromosomes in Diptera}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pbio.1002078},
volume = {13},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1685,
abstract = {Given a graph G cellularly embedded on a surface Σ of genus g, a cut graph is a subgraph of G such that cutting Σ along G yields a topological disk. We provide a fixed parameter tractable approximation scheme for the problem of computing the shortest cut graph, that is, for any ε > 0, we show how to compute a (1 + ε) approximation of the shortest cut graph in time f(ε, g)n3.
Our techniques first rely on the computation of a spanner for the problem using the technique of brick decompositions, to reduce the problem to the case of bounded tree-width. Then, to solve the bounded tree-width case, we introduce a variant of the surface-cut decomposition of Rué, Sau and Thilikos, which may be of independent interest.},
author = {Cohen Addad, Vincent and De Mesmay, Arnaud N},
location = {Patras, Greece},
pages = {386 -- 398},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{A fixed parameter tractable approximation scheme for the optimal cut graph of a surface}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-48350-3_33},
volume = {9294},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1106,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Isrie, Mala and Breuss, Martin and Tian, Guoling and Hansen, Andi H and Cristofoli, Francesca and Morandell, Jasmin and Kupchinsky, Zachari A and Sifrim, Alejandro and Rodriguez Rodriguez, Celia and Dapena, Elena P and Doonanco, Kurston and Leonard, Norma and Tinsa, Faten and Moortgat, Stéphanie and Ulucan, Hakan and Koparir, Erkan and Karaca, Ender and Katsanis, Nicholas and Marton, Valeria and Vermeesch, Joris R and Davis, Erica E and Cowan, Nicholas J and Keays, David and Van Esch, Hilde},
journal = {The American Journal of Human Genetics},
number = {6},
pages = {790 -- 800},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{Mutations in either TUBB or MAPRE2 cause circumferential skin creases Kunze type}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ajhg.2015.10.014},
volume = {97},
year = {2015},
}
@article{120,
abstract = {Clustering of fine particles is of crucial importance in settings ranging from the early stages of planet formation to the coagulation of industrial powders and airborne pollutants. Models of such clustering typically focus on inelastic deformation and cohesion. However, even in charge-neutral particle systems comprising grains of the same dielectric material, tribocharging can generate large amounts of net positive or negative charge on individual particles, resulting in long-range electrostatic forces. The effects of such forces on cluster formation are not well understood and have so far not been studied in situ. Here we report the first observations of individual collide-and-capture events between charged submillimetre particles, including Kepler-like orbits. Charged particles can become trapped in their mutual electrostatic energy well and aggregate via multiple bounces. This enables the initiation of clustering at relative velocities much larger than the upper limit for sticking after a head-on collision, a long-standing issue known from pre-planetary dust aggregation. Moreover, Coulomb interactions together with dielectric polarization are found to stabilize characteristic molecule-like configurations, providing new insights for the modelling of clustering dynamics in a wide range of microscopic dielectric systems, such as charged polarizable ions, biomolecules and colloids.},
author = {Lee, Victor and Waitukaitis, Scott R and Miskin, Marc and Jaeger, Heinrich},
journal = {Nature Physics},
number = {9},
pages = {733 -- 737},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Direct observation of particle interactions and clustering in charged granular streams}},
doi = {10.1038/nphys3396},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{121,
abstract = {We show that the simplest building blocks of origami-based materials - rigid, degree-four vertices - are generically multistable. The existence of two distinct branches of folding motion emerging from the flat state suggests at least bistability, but we show how nonlinearities in the folding motions allow generic vertex geometries to have as many as five stable states. In special geometries with collinear folds and symmetry, more branches emerge leading to as many as six stable states. Tuning the fold energy parameters, we show how monostability is also possible. Finally, we show how to program the stability features of a single vertex into a periodic fold tessellation. The resulting metasheets provide a previously unanticipated functionality - tunable and switchable shape and size via multistability.},
author = {Waitukaitis, Scott R and Menaut, Rémi and Chen, Bryan and Van Hecke, Martin},
journal = {APS Physics, Physical Review Letters},
number = {5},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Origami multistability: From single vertices to metasheets}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.055503},
volume = {114},
year = {2015},
}
@article{886,
abstract = {The factors that determine the tempo and mode of protein evolution continue to be a central question in molecular evolution. Traditionally, studies of protein evolution focused on the rates of amino acid substitutions. More recently, with the availability of sequence data and advanced experimental techniques, the focus of attention has shifted toward the study of evolutionary trajectories and the overall layout of protein fitness landscapes. In this review we describe the effect of epistasis on the topology of evolutionary pathways that are likely to be found in fitness landscapes and develop a simple theory to connect the number of maladapted genotypes to the topology of fitness landscapes with epistatic interactions. Finally, we review recent studies that have probed the extent of epistatic interactions and have begun to chart the fitness landscapes in protein sequence space.},
author = {Kondrashov, Dmitry A and Fyodor Kondrashov},
journal = {Trends in Genetics},
number = {1},
pages = {24 -- 33},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Topological features of rugged fitness landscapes in sequence space}},
doi = {10.1016/j.tig.2014.09.009},
volume = {31},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9017,
abstract = {MCM2 is a subunit of the replicative helicase machinery shown to interact with histones H3 and H4 during the replication process through its N-terminal domain. During replication, this interaction has been proposed to assist disassembly and assembly of nucleosomes on DNA. However, how this interaction participates in crosstalk with histone chaperones at the replication fork remains to be elucidated. Here, we solved the crystal structure of the ternary complex between the histone-binding domain of Mcm2 and the histones H3-H4 at 2.9 Å resolution. Histones H3 and H4 assemble as a tetramer in the crystal structure, but MCM2 interacts only with a single molecule of H3-H4. The latter interaction exploits binding surfaces that contact either DNA or H2B when H3-H4 dimers are incorporated in the nucleosome core particle. Upon binding of the ternary complex with the histone chaperone ASF1, the histone tetramer dissociates and both MCM2 and ASF1 interact simultaneously with the histones forming a 1:1:1:1 heteromeric complex. Thermodynamic analysis of the quaternary complex together with structural modeling support that ASF1 and MCM2 could form a chaperoning module for histones H3 and H4 protecting them from promiscuous interactions. This suggests an additional function for MCM2 outside its helicase function as a proper histone chaperone connected to the replication pathway.},
author = {Richet, Nicolas and Liu, Danni and Legrand, Pierre and Velours, Christophe and Corpet, Armelle and Gaubert, Albane and Bakail, May M and Moal-Raisin, Gwenaelle and Guerois, Raphael and Compper, Christel and Besle, Arthur and Guichard, Berengère and Almouzni, Genevieve and Ochsenbein, Françoise},
issn = {1362-4962},
journal = {Nucleic Acids Research},
number = {3},
pages = {1905--1917},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
title = {{Structural insight into how the human helicase subunit MCM2 may act as a histone chaperone together with ASF1 at the replication fork}},
doi = {10.1093/nar/gkv021},
volume = {43},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9057,
abstract = {Motility is a basic feature of living microorganisms, and how it works is often determined by environmental cues. Recent efforts have focused on developing artificial systems that can mimic microorganisms, in particular their self-propulsion. We report on the design and characterization of synthetic self-propelled particles that migrate upstream, known as positive rheotaxis. This phenomenon results from a purely physical mechanism involving the interplay between the polarity of the particles and their alignment by a viscous torque. We show quantitative agreement between experimental data and a simple model of an overdamped Brownian pendulum. The model notably predicts the existence of a stagnation point in a diverging flow. We take advantage of this property to demonstrate that our active particles can sense and predictably organize in an imposed flow. Our colloidal system represents an important step toward the realization of biomimetic microsystems with the ability to sense and respond to environmental changes.},
author = {Palacci, Jérémie A and Sacanna, Stefano and Abramian, Anaïs and Barral, Jérémie and Hanson, Kasey and Grosberg, Alexander Y. and Pine, David J. and Chaikin, Paul M.},
issn = {2375-2548},
journal = {Science Advances},
number = {4},
publisher = {American Association for the Advancement of Science },
title = {{Artificial rheotaxis}},
doi = {10.1126/sciadv.1400214},
volume = {1},
year = {2015},
}
@article{906,
abstract = {The origin and evolution of novel biochemical functions remains one of the key questions in molecular evolution. We study recently emerged methacrylate reductase function that is thought to have emerged in the last century and reported in Geobacter sulfurreducens strain AM-1. We report the sequence and study the evolution of the operon coding for the flavin-containing methacrylate reductase (Mrd) and tetraheme cytochrome (Mcc) in the genome of G. sulfurreducens AM-1. Different types of signal peptides in functionally interlinked proteins Mrd and Mcc suggest a possible complex mechanism of biogenesis for chromoproteids of the methacrylate redox system. The homologs of the Mrd and Mcc sequence found in δ-Proteobacteria and Deferribacteres are also organized into an operon and their phylogenetic distribution suggested that these two genes tend to be horizontally transferred together. Specifically, the mrd and mcc genes from G. sulfurreducens AM-1 are not monophyletic with any of the homologs found in other Geobacter genomes. The acquisition of methacrylate reductase function by G. sulfurreducens AM-1 appears linked to a horizontal gene transfer event. However, the new function of the products of mrd and mcc may have evolved either prior or subsequent to their acquisition by G. sulfurreducens AM-1.},
author = {Arkhipova, Oksana V and Meer, Margarita V and Mikoulinskaia, Galina V and Zakharova, Marina V and Galushko, Alexander S and Akimenko, Vasilii K and Fyodor Kondrashov},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {5},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Recent origin of the methacrylate redox system in Geobacter sulfurreducens AM-1 through horizontal gene transfer}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0125888},
volume = {10},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9141,
abstract = {The breaking of internal tides is believed to provide a large part of the power needed to mix the abyssal ocean and sustain the meridional overturning circulation. Both the fraction of internal tide energy that is dissipated locally and the resulting vertical mixing distribution are crucial for the ocean state, but remain poorly quantified. Here we present a first worldwide estimate of mixing due to internal tides generated at small‐scale abyssal hills. Our estimate is based on linear wave theory, a nonlinear parameterization for wave breaking and uses quasi‐global small‐scale abyssal hill bathymetry, stratification, and tidal data. We show that a large fraction of abyssal‐hill generated internal tide energy is locally dissipated over mid‐ocean ridges in the Southern Hemisphere. Significant dissipation occurs above ridge crests, and, upon rescaling by the local stratification, follows a monotonic exponential decay with height off the bottom, with a nonuniform decay scale. We however show that a substantial part of the dissipation occurs over the smoother flanks of mid‐ocean ridges, and exhibits a middepth maximum due to the interplay of wave amplitude with stratification. We link the three‐dimensional map of dissipation to abyssal hills characteristics, ocean stratification, and tidal forcing, and discuss its potential implementation in time‐evolving parameterizations for global climate models. Current tidal parameterizations only account for waves generated at large‐scale satellite‐resolved bathymetry. Our results suggest that the presence of small‐scale, mostly unresolved abyssal hills could significantly enhance the spatial inhomogeneity of tidal mixing, particularly above mid‐ocean ridges in the Southern Hemisphere.},
author = {Lefauve, Adrien and MULLER, Caroline J and Melet, Angélique},
issn = {2169-9275},
journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans},
number = {7},
pages = {4760--4777},
publisher = {American Geophysical Union},
title = {{A three-dimensional map of tidal dissipation over abyssal hills}},
doi = {10.1002/2014jc010598},
volume = {120},
year = {2015},
}
@article{924,
abstract = {This paper presents a numerical study of a Capillary Pumped Loop evaporator. A two-dimensional unsteady mathematical model of a flat evaporator is developed to simulate heat and mass transfer in unsaturated porous wick with phase change. The liquid-vapor phase change inside the porous wick is described by Langmuir's law. The governing equations are solved by the Finite Element Method. The results are presented then for a sintered nickel wick and methanol as a working fluid. The heat flux required to the transition from the all-liquid wick to the vapor-liquid wick is calculated. The dynamic and thermodynamic behavior of the working fluid in the capillary structure are discussed in this paper.},
author = {Boubaker, Riadh and Platel, Vincent and Bergès, Alexis and Bancelin, Mathieu and Hannezo, Edouard B},
journal = {Applied Thermal Engineering},
pages = {1 -- 8},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Dynamic model of heat and mass transfer in an unsaturated porous wick of capillary pumped loop}},
doi = {10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.10.009},
volume = {76},
year = {2015},
}
@article{928,
abstract = {The actomyosin cytoskeleton is a primary force-generating mechanism in morphogenesis, thus a robust spatial control of cytoskeletal positioning is essential. In this report, we demonstrate that actomyosin contractility and planar cell polarity (PCP) interact in post-mitotic Ciona notochord cells to self-assemble and reposition actomyosin rings, which play an essential role for cell elongation. Intriguingly, rings always form at the cells′ anterior edge before migrating towards the center as contractility increases, reflecting a novel dynamical property of the cortex. Our drug and genetic manipulations uncover a tug-of-war between contractility, which localizes cortical flows toward the equator and PCP, which tries to reposition them. We develop a simple model of the physical forces underlying this tug-of-war, which quantitatively reproduces our results. We thus propose a quantitative framework for dissecting the relative contribution of contractility and PCP to the self-assembly and repositioning of cytoskeletal structures, which should be applicable to other morphogenetic events.},
author = {Sehring, Ivonne and Recho, Pierre and Denker, Elsa and Kourakis, Matthew and Mathiesen, Birthe and Hannezo, Edouard B and Dong, Bo and Jiang, Di},
journal = {eLife},
publisher = {eLife Sciences Publications},
title = {{Assembly and positioning of actomyosin rings by contractility and planar cell polarity}},
doi = {10.7554/eLife.09206},
volume = {4},
year = {2015},
}
@article{929,
abstract = {An essential question of morphogenesis is how patterns arise without preexisting positional information, as inspired by Turing. In the past few years, cytoskeletal flows in the cell cortex have been identified as a key mechanism of molecular patterning at the subcellular level. Theoretical and in vitro studies have suggested that biological polymers such as actomyosin gels have the property to self-organize, but the applicability of this concept in an in vivo setting remains unclear. Here, we report that the regular spacing pattern of supracellular actin rings in the Drosophila tracheal tubule is governed by a self-organizing principle. We propose a simple biophysical model where pattern formation arises from the interplay of myosin contractility and actin turnover. We validate the hypotheses of the model using photobleaching experiments and report that the formation of actin rings is contractility dependent. Moreover, genetic and pharmacological perturbations of the physical properties of the actomyosin gel modify the spacing of the pattern, as the model predicted. In addition, our model posited a role of cortical friction in stabilizing the spacing pattern of actin rings. Consistently, genetic depletion of apical extracellular matrix caused strikingly dynamic movements of actin rings, mirroring our model prediction of a transition from steady to chaotic actin patterns at low cortical friction. Our results therefore demonstrate quantitatively that a hydrodynamical instability of the actin cortex can trigger regular pattern formation and drive morphogenesis in an in vivo setting. },
author = {Hannezo, Edouard B and Dong, Bo and Recho, Pierre and Joanny, Jean and Hayashi, Shigeo},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {28},
pages = {8620 -- 8625},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{Cortical instability drives periodic supracellular actin pattern formation in epithelial tubes}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1504762112},
volume = {112},
year = {2015},
}
@article{933,
abstract = {Although collective cell motion plays an important role, for example during wound healing, embryogenesis, or cancer progression, the fundamental rules governing this motion are still not well understood, in particular at high cell density. We study here the motion of human bronchial epithelial cells within a monolayer, over long times. We observe that, as the monolayer ages, the cells slow down monotonously, while the velocity correlation length first increases as the cells slow down but eventually decreases at the slowest motions. By comparing experiments, analytic model, and detailed particle-based simulations, we shed light on this biological amorphous solidification process, demonstrating that the observed dynamics can be explained as a consequence of the combined maturation and strengthening of cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesions. Surprisingly, the increase of cell surface density due to proliferation is only secondary in this process. This analysis is confirmed with two other cell types. The very general relations between the mean cell velocity and velocity correlation lengths, which apply for aggregates of self-propelled particles, as well as motile cells, can possibly be used to discriminate between various parameter changes in vivo, from noninvasive microscopy data.},
author = {García, Simón and Hannezo, Edouard B and Elgeti, Jens and Joanny, Jean and Silberzan, Pascal and Gov, Nir},
journal = {PNAS},
number = {50},
pages = {15314 -- 15319},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
title = {{Physics of active jamming during collective cellular motion in a monolayer}},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1510973112},
volume = {112},
year = {2015},
}
@article{981,
abstract = {The tunability of topological surface states and controllable opening of the Dirac gap are of fundamental and practical interest in the field of topological materials. In the newly discovered topological crystalline insulators (TCIs), theory predicts that the Dirac node is protected by a crystalline symmetry and that the surface state electrons can acquire a mass if this symmetry is broken. Recent studies have detected signatures of a spontaneously generated Dirac gap in TCIs; however, the mechanism of mass formation remains elusive. In this work, we present scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) measurements of the TCI Pb 1â'x Sn x Se for a wide range of alloy compositions spanning the topological and non-topological regimes. The STM topographies reveal a symmetry-breaking distortion on the surface, which imparts mass to the otherwise massless Dirac electrons-a mechanism analogous to the long sought-after Higgs mechanism in particle physics. Interestingly, the measured Dirac gap decreases on approaching the trivial phase, whereas the magnitude of the distortion remains nearly constant. Our data and calculations reveal that the penetration depth of Dirac surface states controls the magnitude of the Dirac mass. At the limit of the critical composition, the penetration depth is predicted to go to infinity, resulting in zero mass, consistent with our measurements. Finally, we discover the existence of surface states in the non-topological regime, which have the characteristics of gapped, double-branched Dirac fermions and could be exploited in realizing superconductivity in these materials.},
author = {Zeljkovic, Ilija and Okada, Yoshinori and Maksym Serbyn and Sankar, Raman and Walkup, Daniel and Zhou, Wenwen and Liu, Junwei and Chang, Guoqing and Wang, Yungjui and Hasan, Md Z and Chou, Fangcheng and Lin, Hsin and Bansil, Arun and Fu, Liang and Madhavan, Vidya},
journal = {Nature Materials},
number = {3},
pages = {318 -- 324},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Dirac mass generation from crystal symmetry breaking on the surfaces of topological crystalline insulators}},
doi = {10.1038/nmat4215},
volume = {14},
year = {2015},
}
@article{982,
abstract = {We propose a new approach to probing ergodicity and its breakdown in one-dimensional quantum manybody systems based on their response to a local perturbation. We study the distribution of matrix elements of a local operator between the system's eigenstates, finding a qualitatively different behavior in the manybody localized (MBL) and ergodic phases. To characterize how strongly a local perturbation modifies the eigenstates, we introduce the parameter g(L) = (In (Vnm/δ)) which represents the disorder-averaged ratio of a typical matrix element of a local operator V to energy level spacing δ this parameter is reminiscent of the Thouless conductance in the single-particle localization. We show that the parameter g(L) decreases with system size L in the MBL phase and grows in the ergodic phase. We surmise that the delocalization transition occurs when g(L) is independent of system size, g(L)=gc ~ 1. We illustrate our approach by studying the many-body localization transition and resolving the many-body mobility edge in a disordered one-dimensional XXZ spin-1=2 chain using exact diagonalization and time-evolving block-decimation methods. Our criterion for the MBL transition gives insights into microscopic details of transition. Its direct physical consequences, in particular, logarithmically slow transport at the transition and extensive entanglement entropy of the eigenstates, are consistent with recent renormalization-group predictions.},
author = {Maksym Serbyn and Papić, Zlatko and Abanin, Dmitry A},
journal = {Physical Review X},
number = {4},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Criterion for many-body localization-delocalization phase transition}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevX.5.041047},
volume = {5},
year = {2015},
}
@article{99,
abstract = {Quasiparticle excitations can compromise the performance of superconducting devices, causing high-frequency dissipation, decoherence in Josephson qubits, and braiding errors in proposed Majorana-based topological quantum computers. Quasiparticle dynamics have been studied in detail in metallic superconductors but remain relatively unexplored in semiconductor-superconductor structures, which are now being intensely pursued in the context of topological superconductivity. To this end, we use a system comprising a gate-confined semiconductor nanowire with an epitaxially grown superconductor layer, yielding an isolated, proximitized nanowire segment. We identify bound states in the semiconductor by means of bias spectroscopy, determine the characteristic temperatures and magnetic fields for quasiparticle excitations, and extract a parity lifetime (poisoning time) of the bound state in the semiconductor exceeding 10 ms.},
author = {Higginbotham, Andrew P and Albrecht, S M and Kiršanskas, Gediminas and Chang, W and Kuemmeth, Ferdinand and Krogstrup, Peter and Jespersen, Thomas and Nygård, Jesper and Flensberg, Karsten and Marcus, Charles},
journal = {Nature Physics},
number = {12},
pages = {1017 -- 1021},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Parity lifetime of bound states in a proximitized semiconductor nanowire}},
doi = {10.1038/nphys3461},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{388,
abstract = {We use ultrafast optical spectroscopy to observe binding of charged single-particle excitations (SE) in the magnetically frustrated Mott insulator Na2IrO3. Above the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature (TN) the system response is due to both Hubbard excitons (HE) and their constituent unpaired SE. The SE response becomes strongly suppressed immediately below TN. We argue that this increase in binding energy is due to a unique interplay between the frustrated Kitaev and the weak Heisenberg-type ordering term in the Hamiltonian, mediating an effective interaction between the spin-singlet SE. This interaction grows with distance causing the SE to become trapped in the HE, similar to quark confinement inside hadrons. This binding of charged particles, induced by magnetic ordering, is a result of a confinement-deconfinement transition of spin excitations. This observation provides evidence for spin liquid type behavior which is expected in Na2IrO3.},
author = {Alpichshev, Zhanybek and Mahmood, Fahad and Cao, Gang and Gedik, Nuh},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = {1},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Confinement deconfinement transition as an indication of spin liquid type behavior in Na2IrO3}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.017203},
volume = {114},
year = {2015},
}
@article{333,
abstract = {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. },
author = {Walter, Marc and Kravchyk, Kostiantyn and Ibáñez, Maria and Kovalenko, Maksym},
journal = {Chemistry of Materials},
number = {21},
pages = {7452 -- 7458},
publisher = {ACS},
title = {{Efficient and inexpensive sodium magnesium hybrid battery}},
doi = {10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b03531},
volume = {27},
year = {2015},
}
@article{334,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Yu, Xuelian and Liu, Jingjing and Genç, Aziz and Ibáñez, Maria and Luo, Zhishan and Shavel, Alexey and Arbiol, Jordi and Zhang, Guangjin and Zhang, Yihe and Cabot, Andreu},
journal = {Langmuir},
number = {38},
pages = {10555 -- 10561},
publisher = {American Chemical Society},
title = {{Cu2ZnSnS4–Ag2S Nanoscale p–n heterostructures as sensitizers for photoelectrochemical water splitting}},
doi = {10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02490},
volume = {31},
year = {2015},
}
@article{354,
abstract = {A simple and effective method to introduce precise amounts of doping in nanomaterials produced from the bottom-up assembly of colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) is described. The procedure takes advantage of a ligand displacement step to incorporate controlled concentrations of halide ions while removing carboxylic acids from the NP surface. Upon consolidation of the NPs into dense pellets, halide ions diffuse within the crystal structure, doping the anion sublattice and achieving n-type electrical doping. Through the characterization of the thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline PbS, we demonstrate this strategy to be effective to control charge transport properties on thermoelectric nanomaterials assembled from NP building blocks. This approach is subsequently extended to PbTexSe1-x@PbS core-shell NPs, where a significant enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit is achieved. },
author = {Ibáñez, Maria and Korkosz, Rachel and Luo, Zhishan and Riba, Pau and Cadavid, Doris and Ortega, Silvia and Cabot, Andreu and Kanatzidis, Mercouri},
journal = {Journal of the American Chemical Society},
number = {12},
pages = {4046 -- 4049},
publisher = {American Chemical Society},
title = {{Electron doping in bottom up engineered thermoelectric nanomaterials through HCl mediated ligand displacement}},
doi = {10.1021/jacs.5b00091},
volume = {137},
year = {2015},
}
@article{360,
abstract = {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. },
author = {Yu, Xuelian and Liu, Jingjing and Genç, Aziz and Ibáñez, Maria and Luo, Zhishan and Shavel, Alexey and Arbiol, Jordi and Zhang, Guangjin and Zhang, Yihe and Cabot, Andreu},
journal = {Langmuir},
number = {38},
pages = {10555 -- 10561},
publisher = {American Chemical Society},
title = {{Cu2ZnSnS4-Ag2S nanoscale p-n heterostructures as sensitizers for photoelectrochemical water splitting}},
doi = {10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02490},
volume = {31},
year = {2015},
}
@article{361,
abstract = {We report the synthesis and photocatalytic and magnetic characterization of colloidal nanoheterostructures formed by combining a Pt-based magnetic metal alloy (PtCo, PtNi) with Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS). While CZTS is one of the main candidate materials for solar energy conversion, the introduction of a Pt-based alloy on its surface strongly influences its chemical and electronic properties, ultimately determining its functionality. In this regard, up to a 15-fold increase of the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity was obtained with CZTS–PtCo when compared with CZTS. Furthermore, two times higher hydrogen evolution rates were obtained for CZTS–PtCo when compared with CZTS–Pt, in spite of the lower precious metal loading of the former. Besides, the magnetic properties of the PtCo nanoparticles attached to the CZTS nanocrystals were retained in the heterostructures, which could facilitate catalyst purification and recovery for its posterior recycling and/or reutilization.},
author = {Yu, Xuelian and An, Xiaoqiang and Genç, Aziz and Ibáñez, Maria and Arbiol, Jordi and Zhang, Yihe and Cabot, Andreu},
journal = {Journal of Physical Chemistry C},
number = {38},
pages = {21882 -- 21888},
publisher = {American Chemical Society},
title = {{Cu2ZnSnS4–PtM (M = Co, Ni) nanoheterostructures for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution}},
doi = {10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b06199},
volume = {119},
year = {2015},
}
@article{362,
abstract = {Monodisperse Pd2Sn nanorods with tuned size and aspect ratio were prepared by co-reduction of metal salts in the presence of trioctylphosphine, amine, and chloride ions. Asymmetric Pd2Sn nanostructures were achieved by the selective desorption of a surfactant mediated by chlorine ions. A preliminary evaluation of the geometry influence on catalytic properties evidenced Pd2Sn nanorods to have improved catalytic performance. In view of these results, Pd2Sn nanorods were also evaluated for water denitration. },
author = {Lu, Zhishan and Ibáñez, Maria and Antolín, Ana and Genç, Aziz and Shavel, Alexey and Contreras, Sandra and Medina, Francesc and Arbiol, Jordi and Cabot, Andreu},
journal = {Langmuir},
number = {13},
pages = {3952 -- 3957},
publisher = {American Chemical Society},
title = {{Size and aspect ratio control of Pd inf 2 inf Sn nanorods and their water denitration properties}},
doi = {10.1021/la504906q},
volume = {31},
year = {2015},
}
@phdthesis{1401,
abstract = {The human ability to recognize objects in complex scenes has driven research in the computer vision field over couple of decades. This thesis focuses on the object recognition task in images. That is, given the image, we want the computer system to be able to predict the class of the object that appears in the image. A recent succesful attempt to bridge semantic understanding of the image perceived by humans and by computers uses attribute-based models. Attributes are semantic properties of the objects shared across different categories, which humans and computers can decide on. To explore the attribute-based models we take a statistical machine learning approach, and address two key learning challenges in view of object recognition task: learning augmented attributes as mid-level discriminative feature representation, and learning with attributes as privileged information. Our main contributions are parametric and non-parametric models and algorithms to solve these frameworks. In the parametric approach, we explore an autoencoder model combined with the large margin nearest neighbor principle for mid-level feature learning, and linear support vector machines for learning with privileged information. In the non-parametric approach, we propose a supervised Indian Buffet Process for automatic augmentation of semantic attributes, and explore the Gaussian Processes classification framework for learning with privileged information. A thorough experimental analysis shows the effectiveness of the proposed models in both parametric and non-parametric views.},
author = {Sharmanska, Viktoriia},
pages = {144},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Learning with attributes for object recognition: Parametric and non-parametrics views}},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1729,
abstract = {We present a computer-aided programming approach to concurrency. The approach allows programmers to program assuming a friendly, non-preemptive scheduler, and our synthesis procedure inserts synchronization to ensure that the final program works even with a preemptive scheduler. The correctness specification is implicit, inferred from the non-preemptive behavior. Let us consider sequences of calls that the program makes to an external interface. The specification requires that any such sequence produced under a preemptive scheduler should be included in the set of such sequences produced under a non-preemptive scheduler. The solution is based on a finitary abstraction, an algorithm for bounded language inclusion modulo an independence relation, and rules for inserting synchronization. We apply the approach to device-driver programming, where the driver threads call the software interface of the device and the API provided by the operating system. Our experiments demonstrate that our synthesis method is precise and efficient, and, since it does not require explicit specifications, is more practical than the conventional approach based on user-provided assertions.},
author = {Cerny, Pavol and Clarke, Edmund and Henzinger, Thomas A and Radhakrishna, Arjun and Ryzhyk, Leonid and Samanta, Roopsha and Tarrach, Thorsten},
location = {San Francisco, CA, United States},
pages = {180 -- 197},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{From non-preemptive to preemptive scheduling using synchronization synthesis}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-21668-3_11},
volume = {9207},
year = {2015},
}
@unpublished{8183,
abstract = {We study conditions under which a finite simplicial complex $K$ can be mapped to $\mathbb R^d$ without higher-multiplicity intersections. An almost $r$-embedding is a map $f: K\to \mathbb R^d$ such that the images of any $r$
pairwise disjoint simplices of $K$ do not have a common point. We show that if $r$ is not a prime power and $d\geq 2r+1$, then there is a counterexample to the topological Tverberg conjecture, i.e., there is an almost $r$-embedding of
the $(d+1)(r-1)$-simplex in $\mathbb R^d$. This improves on previous constructions of counterexamples (for $d\geq 3r$) based on a series of papers by M. \"Ozaydin, M. Gromov, P. Blagojevi\'c, F. Frick, G. Ziegler, and the second and fourth present authors. The counterexamples are obtained by proving the following algebraic criterion in codimension 2: If $r\ge3$ and if $K$ is a finite $2(r-1)$-complex then there exists an almost $r$-embedding $K\to \mathbb R^{2r}$ if and only if there exists a general position PL map $f:K\to \mathbb R^{2r}$ such that the algebraic intersection number of the $f$-images of any $r$ pairwise disjoint simplices of $K$ is zero. This result can be restated in terms of cohomological obstructions or equivariant maps, and extends an analogous codimension 3 criterion by the second and fourth authors. As another application we classify ornaments $f:S^3 \sqcup S^3\sqcup S^3\to \mathbb R^5$ up to ornament
concordance. It follows from work of M. Freedman, V. Krushkal and P. Teichner that the analogous criterion for $r=2$ is false. We prove a lemma on singular higher-dimensional Borromean rings, yielding an elementary proof of the counterexample.},
author = {Avvakumov, Sergey and Mabillard, Isaac and Skopenkov, A. and Wagner, Uli},
booktitle = {arXiv},
title = {{Eliminating higher-multiplicity intersections, III. Codimension 2}},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1607,
abstract = {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 ϵ in time O(n⋅log(n/ϵ)) 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⋅log(|a⋅b|))=O(n⋅log(n⋅W)), when the output is ab, as compared to the previously best known algorithm with running time O(n2⋅log(n⋅W)). Third, for the minimum initial credit problem we show that (i) for general graphs the problem can be solved in O(n2⋅m) time and the associated decision problem can be solved in O(n⋅m) time, improving the previous known O(n3⋅m⋅log(n⋅W)) and O(n2⋅m) bounds, respectively; and (ii) for constant treewidth graphs we present an algorithm that requires O(n⋅logn) time, improving the previous known O(n4⋅log(n⋅W)) bound. We have implemented some of our algorithms and show that they present a significant speedup on standard benchmarks.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
location = {San Francisco, CA, USA},
pages = {140 -- 157},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Faster algorithms for quantitative verification in constant treewidth graphs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-21690-4_9},
volume = {9206},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9532,
abstract = {Genomic imprinting, an inherently epigenetic phenomenon defined by parent of origin-dependent gene expression, is observed in mammals and flowering plants. Genome-scale surveys of imprinted expression and the underlying differential epigenetic marks have led to the discovery of hundreds of imprinted plant genes and confirmed DNA and histone methylation as key regulators of plant imprinting. However, the biological roles of the vast majority of imprinted plant genes are unknown, and the evolutionary forces shaping plant imprinting remain rather opaque. Here, we review the mechanisms of plant genomic imprinting and discuss theories of imprinting evolution and biological significance in light of recent findings.},
author = {Rodrigues, Jessica A. and ZILBERMAN, Daniel},
issn = {1549-5477},
journal = {Genes and Development},
number = {24},
pages = {2517–2531},
publisher = {Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press},
title = {{Evolution and function of genomic imprinting in plants}},
doi = {10.1101/gad.269902.115},
volume = {29},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9575,
abstract = {We give several results showing that different discrete structures typically gain certain spanning substructures (in particular, Hamilton cycles) after a modest random perturbation. First, we prove that adding linearly many random edges to a dense k-uniform hypergraph ensures the (asymptotically almost sure) existence of a perfect matching or a loose Hamilton cycle. The proof involves an interesting application of Szemerédi's Regularity Lemma, which might be independently useful. We next prove that digraphs with certain strong expansion properties are pancyclic, and use this to show that adding a linear number of random edges typically makes a dense digraph pancyclic. Finally, we prove that perturbing a certain (minimum-degree-dependent) number of random edges in a tournament typically ensures the existence of multiple edge-disjoint Hamilton cycles. All our results are tight.},
author = {Krivelevich, Michael and Kwan, Matthew Alan and Sudakov, Benny},
issn = {1571-0653},
journal = {Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics},
pages = {181--187},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Cycles and matchings in randomly perturbed digraphs and hypergraphs}},
doi = {10.1016/j.endm.2015.06.027},
volume = {49},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9673,
abstract = {Current strategies of computational crystal plasticity that focus on individual atoms or dislocations are impractical for real-scale, large-strain problems even with today’s computing power. Dislocation-density based approaches are a way forward but a critical issue to address is a realistic description of the interactions between dislocations. In this paper, a new scheme for computational dynamics of dislocation-density functions is proposed, which takes full consideration of the mutual elastic interactions between dislocations based on the Hirth–Lothe formulation. Other features considered include (i) the continuity nature of the movements of dislocation densities, (ii) forest hardening, (iii) generation according to high spatial gradients in dislocation densities, and (iv) annihilation. Numerical implementation by the finite-volume method, which is well suited for flow problems with high gradients, is discussed. Numerical examples performed for a single-crystal aluminum model show typical strength anisotropy behavior comparable to experimental observations. Furthermore, a detailed case study on small-scale crystal plasticity successfully captures a number of key experimental features, including power-law relation between strength and size, low dislocation storage and jerky deformation.},
author = {Leung, H.S. and Leung, P.S.S. and Cheng, Bingqing and Ngan, A.H.W.},
issn = {0749-6419},
journal = {International Journal of Plasticity},
pages = {1--25},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{A new dislocation-density-function dynamics scheme for computational crystal plasticity by explicit consideration of dislocation elastic interactions}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ijplas.2014.09.009},
volume = {67},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9688,
abstract = {The properties of the interface between solid and melt are key to solidification and melting, as the interfacial free energy introduces a kinetic barrier to phase transitions. This makes solidification happen below the melting temperature, in out-of-equilibrium conditions at which the interfacial free energy is ill defined. Here we draw a connection between the atomistic description of a diffuse solid-liquid interface and its thermodynamic characterization. This framework resolves the ambiguities in defining the solid-liquid interfacial free energy above and below the melting temperature. In addition, we introduce a simulation protocol that allows solid-liquid interfaces to be reversibly created and destroyed at conditions relevant for experiments. We directly evaluate the value of the interfacial free energy away from the melting point for a simple but realistic atomic potential, and find a more complex temperature dependence than the constant positive slope that has been generally assumed based on phenomenological considerations and that has been used to interpret experiments. This methodology could be easily extended to the study of other phase transitions, from condensation to precipitation. Our analysis can help reconcile the textbook picture of classical nucleation theory with the growing body of atomistic studies and mesoscale models of solidification.},
author = {Cheng, Bingqing and Tribello, Gareth A. and Ceriotti, Michele},
issn = {1550-235X},
journal = {Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics},
number = {18},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Solid-liquid interfacial free energy out of equilibrium}},
doi = {10.1103/physrevb.92.180102},
volume = {92},
year = {2015},
}
@article{9684,
abstract = {The size dependence of the strength of nano- and micron-sized crystals is studied using a new simulation approach in which the dynamics of the density functions of dislocations are modeled. Since any quantity of dislocations can be represented by a density, this approach can handle large systems containing large quantities of dislocations, which may handicap discrete dislocation dynamics schemes due to the excessive computation time involved. For this reason, pillar sizes spanning a large range, from the sub-micron to micron regimes, can be simulated. The simulation results reveal the power-law relationship between strength and specimen size up to a certain size, beyond which the strength varies much more slowly with size. For specimens smaller than ~4000b, their strength is found to be controlled by the dislocation depletion condition, in which the total dislocation density remains almost constant throughout the loading process. In specimens larger than ~4000b, the initial dislocation distribution is of critical importance since the presence of dislocation entanglements is found to obstruct deformation in the neighboring regions within a distance of ~2000b. This length scale suggests that the effects of dense dislocation clusters are greater in intermediate-sized specimens (e.g. 4000b and 8000b) than in larger specimens (e.g. 16 000b), according to the weakest-link concept.},
author = {Leung, P S S and Leung, H S and Cheng, Bingqing and Ngan, A H W},
issn = {1361-651X},
journal = {Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering},
number = {3},
publisher = {IOP Publishing},
title = {{Size dependence of yield strength simulated by a dislocation-density function dynamics approach}},
doi = {10.1088/0965-0393/23/3/035001},
volume = {23},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1855,
abstract = {Summary: Declining populations of bee pollinators are a cause of concern, with major repercussions for biodiversity loss and food security. RNA viruses associated with honeybees represent a potential threat to other insect pollinators, but the extent of this threat is poorly understood. This study aims to attain a detailed understanding of the current and ongoing risk of emerging infectious disease (EID) transmission between managed and wild pollinator species across a wide range of RNA viruses. Within a structured large-scale national survey across 26 independent sites, we quantify the prevalence and pathogen loads of multiple RNA viruses in co-occurring managed honeybee (Apis mellifera) and wild bumblebee (Bombus spp.) populations. We then construct models that compare virus prevalence between wild and managed pollinators. Multiple RNA viruses associated with honeybees are widespread in sympatric wild bumblebee populations. Virus prevalence in honeybees is a significant predictor of virus prevalence in bumblebees, but we remain cautious in speculating over the principle direction of pathogen transmission. We demonstrate species-specific differences in prevalence, indicating significant variation in disease susceptibility or tolerance. Pathogen loads within individual bumblebees may be high and in the case of at least one RNA virus, prevalence is higher in wild bumblebees than in managed honeybee populations. Our findings indicate widespread transmission of RNA viruses between managed and wild bee pollinators, pointing to an interconnected network of potential disease pressures within and among pollinator species. In the context of the biodiversity crisis, our study emphasizes the importance of targeting a wide range of pathogens and defining host associations when considering potential drivers of population decline.},
author = {Mcmahon, Dino and Fürst, Matthias and Caspar, Jesicca and Theodorou, Panagiotis and Brown, Mark and Paxton, Robert},
journal = {Journal of Animal Ecology},
number = {3},
pages = {615 -- 624},
publisher = {Wiley},
title = {{A sting in the spit: Widespread cross-infection of multiple RNA viruses across wild and managed bees}},
doi = {10.1111/1365-2656.12345},
volume = {84},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1830,
abstract = {To prevent epidemics, insect societies have evolved collective disease defences that are highly effective at curing exposed individuals and limiting disease transmission to healthy group members. Grooming is an important sanitary behaviour—either performed towards oneself (self-grooming) or towards others (allogrooming)—to remove infectious agents from the body surface of exposed individuals, but at the risk of disease contraction by the groomer. We use garden ants (Lasius neglectus) and the fungal pathogen Metarhizium as a model system to study how pathogen presence affects self-grooming and allogrooming between exposed and healthy individuals. We develop an epidemiological SIS model to explore how experimentally observed grooming patterns affect disease spread within the colony, thereby providing a direct link between the expression and direction of sanitary behaviours, and their effects on colony-level epidemiology. We find that fungus-exposed ants increase self-grooming, while simultaneously decreasing allogrooming. This behavioural modulation seems universally adaptive and is predicted to contain disease spread in a great variety of host–pathogen systems. In contrast, allogrooming directed towards pathogen-exposed individuals might both increase and decrease disease risk. Our model reveals that the effect of allogrooming depends on the balance between pathogen infectiousness and efficiency of social host defences, which are likely to vary across host–pathogen systems.},
author = {Theis, Fabian and Ugelvig, Line V and Marr, Carsten and Cremer, Sylvia},
issn = {1471-2970},
journal = {Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences},
number = {1669},
publisher = {Royal Society, The},
title = {{Opposing effects of allogrooming on disease transmission in ant societies}},
doi = {10.1098/rstb.2014.0108},
volume = {370},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{9719,
abstract = {Parasitism creates selection for resistance mechanisms in host populations and is hypothesized to promote increased host evolvability. However, the influence of these traits on host evolution when parasites are no longer present is unclear. We used experimental evolution and whole-genome sequencing of Escherichia coli to determine the effects of past and present exposure to parasitic viruses (phages) on the spread of mutator alleles, resistance, and bacterial competitive fitness. We found that mutator alleles spread rapidly during adaptation to any of four different phage species, and this pattern was even more pronounced with multiple phages present simultaneously. However, hypermutability did not detectably accelerate adaptation in the absence of phages and recovery of fitness costs associated with resistance. Several lineages evolved phage resistance through elevated mucoidy, and during subsequent evolution in phage-free conditions they rapidly reverted to nonmucoid, phage-susceptible phenotypes. Genome sequencing revealed that this phenotypic reversion was achieved by additional genetic changes rather than by genotypic reversion of the initial resistance mutations. Insertion sequence (IS) elements played a key role in both the acquisition of resistance and adaptation in the absence of parasites; unlike single nucleotide polymorphisms, IS insertions were not more frequent in mutator lineages. Our results provide a genetic explanation for rapid reversion of mucoidy, a phenotype observed in other bacterial species including human pathogens. Moreover, this demonstrates that the types of genetic change underlying adaptation to fitness costs, and consequently the impact of evolvability mechanisms such as increased point-mutation rates, depend critically on the mechanism of resistance.},
author = {Wielgoss, Sébastien and Bergmiller, Tobias and Bischofberger, Anna M. and Hall, Alex R.},
publisher = {Dryad},
title = {{Data from: Adaptation to parasites and costs of parasite resistance in mutator and non-mutator bacteria}},
doi = {10.5061/dryad.cj910},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{9721,
abstract = {To prevent epidemics, insect societies have evolved collective disease defences that are highly effective at curing exposed individuals and limiting disease transmission to healthy group members. Grooming is an important sanitary behaviour—either performed towards oneself (self-grooming) or towards others (allogrooming)—to remove infectious agents from the body surface of exposed individuals, but at the risk of disease contraction by the groomer. We use garden ants (Lasius neglectus) and the fungal pathogen Metarhizium as a model system to study how pathogen presence affects self-grooming and allogrooming between exposed and healthy individuals. We develop an epidemiological SIS model to explore how experimentally observed grooming patterns affect disease spread within the colony, thereby providing a direct link between the expression and direction of sanitary behaviours, and their effects on colony-level epidemiology. We find that fungus-exposed ants increase self-grooming, while simultaneously decreasing allogrooming. This behavioural modulation seems universally adaptive and is predicted to contain disease spread in a great variety of host–pathogen systems. In contrast, allogrooming directed towards pathogen-exposed individuals might both increase and decrease disease risk. Our model reveals that the effect of allogrooming depends on the balance between pathogen infectiousness and efficiency of social host defences, which are likely to vary across host–pathogen systems.},
author = {Theis, Fabian and Ugelvig, Line V and Marr, Carsten and Cremer, Sylvia},
publisher = {Dryad},
title = {{Data from: Opposing effects of allogrooming on disease transmission in ant societies}},
doi = {10.5061/dryad.dj2bf},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1827,
abstract = {Bow-tie or hourglass structure is a common architectural feature found in many biological systems. A bow-tie in a multi-layered structure occurs when intermediate layers have much fewer components than the input and output layers. Examples include metabolism where a handful of building blocks mediate between multiple input nutrients and multiple output biomass components, and signaling networks where information from numerous receptor types passes through a small set of signaling pathways to regulate multiple output genes. Little is known, however, about how bow-tie architectures evolve. Here, we address the evolution of bow-tie architectures using simulations of multi-layered systems evolving to fulfill a given input-output goal. We find that bow-ties spontaneously evolve when the information in the evolutionary goal can be compressed. Mathematically speaking, bow-ties evolve when the rank of the input-output matrix describing the evolutionary goal is deficient. The maximal compression possible (the rank of the goal) determines the size of the narrowest part of the network—that is the bow-tie. A further requirement is that a process is active to reduce the number of links in the network, such as product-rule mutations, otherwise a non-bow-tie solution is found in the evolutionary simulations. This offers a mechanism to understand a common architectural principle of biological systems, and a way to quantitate the effective rank of the goals under which they evolved.},
author = {Friedlander, Tamar and Mayo, Avraham and Tlusty, Tsvi and Alon, Uri},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {3},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Evolution of bow-tie architectures in biology}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004055},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1666,
abstract = {Evolution of gene regulation is crucial for our understanding of the phenotypic differences between species, populations and individuals. Sequence-specific binding of transcription factors to the regulatory regions on the DNA is a key regulatory mechanism that determines gene expression and hence heritable phenotypic variation. We use a biophysical model for directional selection on gene expression to estimate the rates of gain and loss of transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) in finite populations under both point and insertion/deletion mutations. Our results show that these rates are typically slow for a single TFBS in an isolated DNA region, unless the selection is extremely strong. These rates decrease drastically with increasing TFBS length or increasingly specific protein-DNA interactions, making the evolution of sites longer than ∼ 10 bp unlikely on typical eukaryotic speciation timescales. Similarly, evolution converges to the stationary distribution of binding sequences very slowly, making the equilibrium assumption questionable. The availability of longer regulatory sequences in which multiple binding sites can evolve simultaneously, the presence of “pre-sites” or partially decayed old sites in the initial sequence, and biophysical cooperativity between transcription factors, can all facilitate gain of TFBS and reconcile theoretical calculations with timescales inferred from comparative genomics.},
author = {Tugrul, Murat and Paixao, Tiago and Barton, Nicholas H and Tkacik, Gasper},
journal = {PLoS Genetics},
number = {11},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Dynamics of transcription factor binding site evolution}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pgen.1005639},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1566,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Gómez Sicilia, Àngel and Sikora, Mateusz K and Cieplak, Marek and Carrión Vázquez, Mariano},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {10},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{An exploration of the universe of polyglutamine structures}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004541},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1809,
abstract = {Background: Indirect genetic effects (IGEs) occur when genes expressed in one individual alter the expression of traits in social partners. Previous studies focused on the evolutionary consequences and evolutionary dynamics of IGEs, using equilibrium solutions to predict phenotypes in subsequent generations. However, whether or not such steady states may be reached may depend on the dynamics of interactions themselves. Results: In our study, we focus on the dynamics of social interactions and indirect genetic effects and investigate how they modify phenotypes over time. Unlike previous IGE studies, we do not analyse evolutionary dynamics; rather we consider within-individual phenotypic changes, also referred to as phenotypic plasticity. We analyse iterative interactions, when individuals interact in a series of discontinuous events, and investigate the stability of steady state solutions and the dependence on model parameters, such as population size, strength, and the nature of interactions. We show that for interactions where a feedback loop occurs, the possible parameter space of interaction strength is fairly limited, affecting the evolutionary consequences of IGEs. We discuss the implications of our results for current IGE model predictions and their limitations.},
author = {Trubenova, Barbora and Novak, Sebastian and Hager, Reinmar},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {5},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Indirect genetic effects and the dynamics of social interactions}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0126907},
volume = {10},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1793,
abstract = {We present a software platform for reconstructing and analyzing the growth of a plant root system from a time-series of 3D voxelized shapes. It aligns the shapes with each other, constructs a geometric graph representation together with the function that records the time of growth, and organizes the branches into a hierarchy that reflects the order of creation. The software includes the automatic computation of structural and dynamic traits for each root in the system enabling the quantification of growth on fine-scale. These are important advances in plant phenotyping with applications to the study of genetic and environmental influences on growth.},
author = {Symonova, Olga and Topp, Christopher and Edelsbrunner, Herbert},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {6},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{DynamicRoots: A software platform for the reconstruction and analysis of growing plant roots}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0127657},
volume = {10},
year = {2015},
}