TY - CONF
AB - We present the first study of robustness of systems that are both timed as well as reactive (I/O). We study the behavior of such timed I/O systems in the presence of uncertain inputs and formalize their robustness using the analytic notion of Lipschitz continuity: a timed I/O system is K-(Lipschitz) robust if the perturbation in its output is at most K times the perturbation in its input. We quantify input and output perturbation using similarity functions over timed words such as the timed version of the Manhattan distance and the Skorokhod distance. We consider two models of timed I/O systems — timed transducers and asynchronous sequential circuits. We show that K-robustness of timed transducers can be decided in polynomial space under certain conditions. For asynchronous sequential circuits, we reduce K-robustness w.r.t. timed Manhattan distances to K-robustness of discrete letter-to-letter transducers and show PSpace-completeness of the problem.
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
AU - Samanta, Roopsha
ID - 1526
TI - Lipschitz robustness of timed I/O systems
VL - 9583
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) with a set of target states and an integer cost associated with every transition. The optimization objective we study asks to minimize the expected total cost of reaching a state in the target set, while ensuring that the target set is reached almost surely (with probability 1). We show that for integer costs approximating the optimal cost is undecidable. For positive costs, our results are as follows: (i) we establish matching lower and upper bounds for the optimal cost, both double exponential in the POMDP state space size; (ii) we show that the problem of approximating the optimal cost is decidable and present approximation algorithms developing on the existing algorithms for POMDPs with finite-horizon objectives. While the worst-case running time of our algorithm is double exponential, we also present efficient stopping criteria for the algorithm and show experimentally that it performs well in many examples of interest.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Chmelik, Martin
AU - Gupta, Raghav
AU - Kanodia, Ayush
ID - 1529
JF - Artificial Intelligence
TI - Optimal cost almost-sure reachability in POMDPs
VL - 234
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We provide general conditions for which bosonic quadratic Hamiltonians on Fock spaces can be diagonalized by Bogoliubov transformations. Our results cover the case when quantum systems have infinite degrees of freedom and the associated one-body kinetic and paring operators are unbounded. Our sufficient conditions are optimal in the sense that they become necessary when the relevant one-body operators commute.
AU - Nam, Phan
AU - Napiórkowski, Marcin M
AU - Solovej, Jan
ID - 1545
IS - 11
JF - Journal of Functional Analysis
TI - Diagonalization of bosonic quadratic Hamiltonians by Bogoliubov transformations
VL - 270
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Antibiotic resistance carries a fitness cost that must be overcome in order for resistance to persist over the long term. Compensatory mutations that recover the functional defects associated with resistance mutations have been argued to play a key role in overcoming the cost of resistance, but compensatory mutations are expected to be rare relative to generally beneficial mutations that increase fitness, irrespective of antibiotic resistance. Given this asymmetry, population genetics theory predicts that populations should adapt by compensatory mutations when the cost of resistance is large, whereas generally beneficial mutations should drive adaptation when the cost of resistance is small. We tested this prediction by determining the genomic mechanisms underpinning adaptation to antibiotic-free conditions in populations of the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa that carry costly antibiotic resistance mutations. Whole-genome sequencing revealed that populations founded by high-cost rifampicin-resistant mutants adapted via compensatory mutations in three genes of the RNA polymerase core enzyme, whereas populations founded by low-cost mutants adapted by generally beneficial mutations, predominantly in the quorum-sensing transcriptional regulator gene lasR. Even though the importance of compensatory evolution in maintaining resistance has been widely recognized, our study shows that the roles of general adaptation in maintaining resistance should not be underestimated and highlights the need to understand how selection at other sites in the genome influences the dynamics of resistance alleles in clinical settings.
AU - Qi, Qin
AU - Toll Riera, Macarena
AU - Heilbron, Karl
AU - Preston, Gail
AU - Maclean, R Craig
ID - 1552
IS - 1822
JF - Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences
TI - The genomic basis of adaptation to the fitness cost of rifampicin resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
VL - 283
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A modular approach to constructing cryptographic protocols leads to simple designs but often inefficient instantiations. On the other hand, ad hoc constructions may yield efficient protocols at the cost of losing conceptual simplicity. We suggest a new design paradigm, structure-preserving cryptography, that provides a way to construct modular protocols with reasonable efficiency while retaining conceptual simplicity. A cryptographic scheme over a bilinear group is called structure-preserving if its public inputs and outputs consist of elements from the bilinear groups and their consistency can be verified by evaluating pairing-product equations. As structure-preserving schemes smoothly interoperate with each other, they are useful as building blocks in modular design of cryptographic applications. This paper introduces structure-preserving commitment and signature schemes over bilinear groups with several desirable properties. The commitment schemes include homomorphic, trapdoor and length-reducing commitments to group elements, and the structure-preserving signature schemes are the first ones that yield constant-size signatures on multiple group elements. A structure-preserving signature scheme is called automorphic if the public keys lie in the message space, which cannot be achieved by compressing inputs via a cryptographic hash function, as this would destroy the mathematical structure we are trying to preserve. Automorphic signatures can be used for building certification chains underlying privacy-preserving protocols. Among a vast number of applications of structure-preserving protocols, we present an efficient round-optimal blind-signature scheme and a group signature scheme with an efficient and concurrently secure protocol for enrolling new members.
AU - Abe, Masayuki
AU - Fuchsbauer, Georg
AU - Groth, Jens
AU - Haralambiev, Kristiyan
AU - Ohkubo, Miyako
ID - 1592
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Cryptology
TI - Structure preserving signatures and commitments to group elements
VL - 29
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Chemokines are the main guidance cues directing leukocyte migration. Opposed to early assumptions, chemokines do not necessarily act as soluble cues but are often immobilized within tissues, e.g., dendritic cell migration toward lymphatic vessels is guided by a haptotactic gradient of the chemokine CCL21. Controlled assay systems to quantitatively study haptotaxis in vitro are still missing. In this chapter, we describe an in vitro haptotaxis assay optimized for the unique properties of dendritic cells. The chemokine CCL21 is immobilized in a bioactive state, using laser-assisted protein adsorption by photobleaching. The cells follow this immobilized CCL21 gradient in a haptotaxis chamber, which provides three dimensionally confined migration conditions.
AU - Schwarz, Jan
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 1597
JF - Methods in Enzymology
TI - Quantitative analysis of dendritic cell haptotaxis
VL - 570
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The addition of polysialic acid to N- and/or O-linked glycans, referred to as polysialylation, is a rare posttranslational modification that is mainly known to control the developmental plasticity of the nervous system. Here we show that CCR7, the central chemokine receptor controlling immune cell trafficking to secondary lymphatic organs, carries polysialic acid. This modification is essential for the recognition of the CCR7 ligand CCL21. As a consequence, dendritic cell trafficking is abrogated in polysialyltransferase-deficient mice, manifesting as disturbed lymph node homeostasis and unresponsiveness to inflammatory stimuli. Structure-function analysis of chemokine-receptor interactions reveals that CCL21 adopts an autoinhibited conformation, which is released upon interaction with polysialic acid. Thus, we describe a glycosylation-mediated immune cell trafficking disorder and its mechanistic basis.
AU - Kiermaier, Eva
AU - Moussion, Christine
AU - Veldkamp, Christopher
AU - Gerardy Schahn, Rita
AU - De Vries, Ingrid
AU - Williams, Larry
AU - Chaffee, Gary
AU - Phillips, Andrew
AU - Freiberger, Friedrich
AU - Imre, Richard
AU - Taleski, Deni
AU - Payne, Richard
AU - Braun, Asolina
AU - Förster, Reinhold
AU - Mechtler, Karl
AU - Mühlenhoff, Martina
AU - Volkman, Brian
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 1599
IS - 6269
JF - Science
TI - Polysialylation controls dendritic cell trafficking by regulating chemokine recognition
VL - 351
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We show that the Anderson model has a transition from localization to delocalization at exactly 2 dimensional growth rate on antitrees with normalized edge weights which are certain discrete graphs. The kinetic part has a one-dimensional structure allowing a description through transfer matrices which involve some Schur complement. For such operators we introduce the notion of having one propagating channel and extend theorems from the theory of one-dimensional Jacobi operators that relate the behavior of transfer matrices with the spectrum. These theorems are then applied to the considered model. In essence, in a certain energy region the kinetic part averages the random potentials along shells and the transfer matrices behave similar as for a one-dimensional operator with random potential of decaying variance. At d dimensional growth for d>2 this effective decay is strong enough to obtain absolutely continuous spectrum, whereas for some uniform d dimensional growth with d<2 one has pure point spectrum in this energy region. At exactly uniform 2 dimensional growth also some singular continuous spectrum appears, at least at small disorder. As a corollary we also obtain a change from singular spectrum (d≤2) to absolutely continuous spectrum (d≥3) for random operators of the type rΔdr+λ on ℤd, where r is an orthogonal radial projection, Δd the discrete adjacency operator (Laplacian) on ℤd and λ a random potential.
AU - Sadel, Christian
ID - 1608
IS - 7
JF - Annales Henri Poincare
TI - Anderson transition at 2 dimensional growth rate on antitrees and spectral theory for operators with one propagating channel
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove that whenever A is a 3-conservative relational structure with only binary and unary relations,then the algebra of polymorphisms of A either has no Taylor operation (i.e.,CSP(A)is NP-complete),or it generates an SD(∧) variety (i.e.,CSP(A)has bounded width).
AU - Kazda, Alexandr
ID - 1612
IS - 1
JF - Algebra Universalis
TI - CSP for binary conservative relational structures
VL - 75
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In the last decade, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have revolutionized the utility of human in vitro models of neurological disease. The iPS-derived and differentiated cells allow researchers to study the impact of a distinct cell type in health and disease as well as performing therapeutic drug screens on a human genetic background. In particular, clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been often failing. Two of the potential reasons are first, the species gap involved in proceeding from initial discoveries in rodent models to human studies, and second, an unsatisfying patient stratification, meaning subgrouping patients based on the disease severity due to the lack of phenotypic and genetic markers. iPS cells overcome this obstacles and will improve our understanding of disease subtypes in AD. They allow researchers conducting in depth characterization of neural cells from both familial and sporadic AD patients as well as preclinical screens on human cells.
In this review, we briefly outline the status quo of iPS cell research in neurological diseases along with the general advantages and pitfalls of these models. We summarize how genome-editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas will allow researchers to reduce the problem of genomic variability inherent to human studies, followed by recent iPS cell studies relevant to AD. We then focus on current techniques for the differentiation of iPS cells into neural cell types that are relevant to AD research. Finally, we discuss how the generation of three-dimensional cell culture systems will be important for understanding AD phenotypes in a complex cellular milieu, and how both two- and three-dimensional iPS cell models can provide platforms for drug discovery and translational studies into the treatment of AD.
AU - Mungenast, Alison
AU - Siegert, Sandra
AU - Tsai, Li
ID - 1613
JF - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
TI - Modeling Alzheimer's disease with human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells
VL - 73
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The hippocampus plays a key role in learning and memory. Previous studies suggested that the main types of principal neurons, dentate gyrus granule cells (GCs), CA3 pyramidal neurons, and CA1 pyramidal neurons, differ in their activity pattern, with sparse firing in GCs and more frequent firing in CA3 and CA1 pyramidal neurons. It has been assumed but never shown that such different activity may be caused by differential synaptic excitation. To test this hypothesis, we performed high-resolution whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in anesthetized rats in vivo. In contrast to previous in vitro data, both CA3 and CA1 pyramidal neurons fired action potentials spontaneously, with a frequency of ∼3–6 Hz, whereas GCs were silent. Furthermore, both CA3 and CA1 cells primarily fired in bursts. To determine the underlying mechanisms, we quantitatively assessed the frequency of spontaneous excitatory synaptic input, the passive membrane properties, and the active membrane characteristics. Surprisingly, GCs showed comparable synaptic excitation to CA3 and CA1 cells and the highest ratio of excitation versus hyperpolarizing inhibition. Thus, differential synaptic excitation is not responsible for differences in firing. Moreover, the three types of hippocampal neurons markedly differed in their passive properties. While GCs showed the most negative membrane potential, CA3 pyramidal neurons had the highest input resistance and the slowest membrane time constant. The three types of neurons also differed in the active membrane characteristics. GCs showed the highest action potential threshold, but displayed the largest gain of the input-output curves. In conclusion, our results reveal that differential firing of the three main types of hippocampal principal neurons in vivo is not primarily caused by differences in the characteristics of the synaptic input, but by the distinct properties of synaptic integration and input-output transformation.
AU - Kowalski, Janina
AU - Gan, Jian
AU - Jonas, Peter M
AU - Pernia-Andrade, Alejandro
ID - 1616
IS - 5
JF - Hippocampus
TI - Intrinsic membrane properties determine hippocampal differential firing pattern in vivo in anesthetized rats
VL - 26
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the discrepancy of jittered sampling sets: such a set P⊂ [0,1]d is generated for fixed m∈ℕ by partitioning [0,1]d into md axis aligned cubes of equal measure and placing a random point inside each of the N=md cubes. We prove that, for N sufficiently large, 1/10 d/N1/2+1/2d ≤EDN∗(P)≤ √d(log N) 1/2/N1/2+1/2d, where the upper bound with an unspecified constant Cd was proven earlier by Beck. Our proof makes crucial use of the sharp Dvoretzky-Kiefer-Wolfowitz inequality and a suitably taylored Bernstein inequality; we have reasons to believe that the upper bound has the sharp scaling in N. Additional heuristics suggest that jittered sampling should be able to improve known bounds on the inverse of the star-discrepancy in the regime N≳dd. We also prove a partition principle showing that every partition of [0,1]d combined with a jittered sampling construction gives rise to a set whose expected squared L2-discrepancy is smaller than that of purely random points.
AU - Pausinger, Florian
AU - Steinerberger, Stefan
ID - 1617
JF - Journal of Complexity
TI - On the discrepancy of jittered sampling
VL - 33
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer free energy functional for particles interacting via a two-body potential on a microscopic scale and in the presence of weak external fields varying on a macroscopic scale. We study the influence of the external fields on the critical temperature. We show that in the limit where the ratio between the microscopic and macroscopic scale tends to zero, the next to leading order of the critical temperature is determined by the lowest eigenvalue of the linearization of the Ginzburg–Landau equation.
AU - Frank, Rupert
AU - Hainzl, Christian
AU - Seiringer, Robert
AU - Solovej, Jan
ID - 1620
IS - 1
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - The external field dependence of the BCS critical temperature
VL - 342
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove analogues of the Lieb–Thirring and Hardy–Lieb–Thirring inequalities for many-body quantum systems with fractional kinetic operators and homogeneous interaction potentials, where no anti-symmetry on the wave functions is assumed. These many-body inequalities imply interesting one-body interpolation inequalities, and we show that the corresponding one- and many-body inequalities are actually equivalent in certain cases.
AU - Lundholm, Douglas
AU - Nam, Phan
AU - Portmann, Fabian
ID - 1622
IS - 3
JF - Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
TI - Fractional Hardy–Lieb–Thirring and related Inequalities for interacting systems
VL - 219
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Ancestral processes are fundamental to modern population genetics and spatial structure has been the subject of intense interest for many years. Despite this interest, almost nothing is known about the distribution of the locations of pedigree or genetic ancestors. Using both spatially continuous and stepping-stone models, we show that the distribution of pedigree ancestors approaches a travelling wave, for which we develop two alternative approximations. The speed and width of the wave are sensitive to the local details of the model. After a short time, genetic ancestors spread far more slowly than pedigree ancestors, ultimately diffusing out with radius ## rather than spreading at constant speed. In contrast to the wave of pedigree ancestors, the spread of genetic ancestry is insensitive to the local details of the models.
AU - Kelleher, Jerome
AU - Etheridge, Alison
AU - Véber, Amandine
AU - Barton, Nicholas H
ID - 1631
JF - Theoretical Population Biology
TI - Spread of pedigree versus genetic ancestry in spatially distributed populations
VL - 108
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The plant hormone auxin (indole-3-acetic acid) is a major regulator of plant growth and development including embryo and root patterning, lateral organ formation and growth responses to environmental stimuli. Auxin is directionally transported from cell to cell by the action of specific auxin influx [AUXIN-RESISTANT1 (AUX1)] and efflux [PIN-FORMED (PIN)] transport regulators, whose polar, subcellular localizations are aligned with the direction of the auxin flow. Auxin itself regulates its own transport by modulation of the expression and subcellular localization of the auxin transporters. Increased auxin levels promote the transcription of PIN2 and AUX1 genes as well as stabilize PIN proteins at the plasma membrane, whereas prolonged auxin exposure increases the turnover of PIN proteins and their degradation in the vacuole. In this study, we applied a forward genetic approach, to identify molecular components playing a role in the auxin-mediated degradation. We generated EMS-mutagenized Arabidopsis PIN2::PIN2:GFP, AUX1::AUX1:YFP eir1aux1 populations and designed a screen for mutants with persistently strong fluorescent signals of the tagged PIN2 and AUX1 after prolonged treatment with the synthetic auxin 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). This approach yielded novel auxin degradation mutants defective in trafficking and degradation of PIN2 and AUX1 proteins and established a role for auxin-mediated degradation in plant development.
AU - Zemová, Radka
AU - Zwiewka, Marta
AU - Bielach, Agnieszka
AU - Robert, Hélène
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 1641
IS - 2
JF - Journal of Plant Growth Regulation
TI - A forward genetic screen for new regulators of auxin mediated degradation of auxin transport proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana
VL - 35
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A somewhere statistically binding (SSB) hash, introduced by Hubáček and Wichs (ITCS ’15), can be used to hash a long string x to a short digest y = H hk (x) using a public hashing-key hk. Furthermore, there is a way to set up the hash key hk to make it statistically binding on some arbitrary hidden position i, meaning that: (1) the digest y completely determines the i’th bit (or symbol) of x so that all pre-images of y have the same value in the i’th position, (2) it is computationally infeasible to distinguish the position i on which hk is statistically binding from any other position i’. Lastly, the hash should have a local opening property analogous to Merkle-Tree hashing, meaning that given x and y = H hk (x) it should be possible to create a short proof π that certifies the value of the i’th bit (or symbol) of x without having to provide the entire input x. A similar primitive called a positional accumulator, introduced by Koppula, Lewko and Waters (STOC ’15) further supports dynamic updates of the hashed value. These tools, which are interesting in their own right, also serve as one of the main technical components in several recent works building advanced applications from indistinguishability obfuscation (iO).
The prior constructions of SSB hashing and positional accumulators required fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) and iO respectively. In this work, we give new constructions of these tools based on well studied number-theoretic assumptions such as DDH, Phi-Hiding and DCR, as well as a general construction from lossy/injective functions.
AU - Okamoto, Tatsuaki
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Waters, Brent
AU - Wichs, Daniel
ID - 1653
TI - New realizations of somewhere statistically binding hashing and positional accumulators
VL - 9452
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce a modification of the classic notion of intrinsic volume using persistence moments of height functions. Evaluating the modified first intrinsic volume on digital approximations of a compact body with smoothly embedded boundary in Rn, we prove convergence to the first intrinsic volume of the body as the resolution of the approximation improves. We have weaker results for the other modified intrinsic volumes, proving they converge to the corresponding intrinsic volumes of the n-dimensional unit ball.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Pausinger, Florian
ID - 1662
JF - Advances in Mathematics
TI - Approximation and convergence of the intrinsic volume
VL - 287
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce a scheme for preparation, manipulation, and read out of Majorana zero modes in semiconducting wires with mesoscopic superconducting islands. Our approach synthesizes recent advances in materials growth with tools commonly used in quantum-dot experiments, including gate control of tunnel barriers and Coulomb effects, charge sensing, and charge pumping. We outline a sequence of milestones interpolating between zero-mode detection and quantum computing that includes (1) detection of fusion rules for non-Abelian anyons using either proximal charge sensors or pumped current, (2) validation of a prototype topological qubit, and (3) demonstration of non-Abelian statistics by braiding in a branched geometry. The first two milestones require only a single wire with two islands, and additionally enable sensitive measurements of the system\'s excitation gap, quasiparticle poisoning rates, residual Majorana zero-mode splittings, and topological-qubit coherence times. These pre-braiding experiments can be adapted to other manipulation and read out schemes as well.
AU - Aasen, David
AU - Hell, Michael
AU - Mishmash, Ryan
AU - Higginbotham, Andrew P
AU - Danon, Jeroen
AU - Leijnse, Martin
AU - Jespersen, Thomas
AU - Folk, Joshua
AU - Marcs, Charles
AU - Flensberg, Karsten
AU - Alicea, Jason
ID - 100
IS - 3
JF - Physical Review X
TI - Milestones toward Majorana-based quantum computing
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Feedback loops in biological networks, among others, enable differentiation and cell cycle progression, and increase robustness in signal transduction. In natural networks, feedback loops are often complex and intertwined, making it challenging to identify which loops are mainly responsible for an observed behavior. However, minimal synthetic replicas could allow for such identification. Here, we engineered a synthetic permease-inducer-repressor system in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to analyze if a transport-mediated positive feedback loop could be a core mechanism for the switch-like behavior in the regulation of metabolic gene networks such as the S. cerevisiae GAL system or the Escherichia coli lac operon. We characterized the synthetic circuit using deterministic and stochastic mathematical models. Similar to its natural counterparts, our synthetic system shows bistable and hysteretic behavior, and the inducer concentration range for bistability as well as the switching rates between the two stable states depend on the repressor concentration. Our results indicate that a generic permease–inducer–repressor circuit with a single feedback loop is sufficient to explain the experimentally observed bistable behavior of the natural systems. We anticipate that the approach of reimplementing natural systems with orthogonal parts to identify crucial network components is applicable to other natural systems such as signaling pathways.
AU - Gnügge, Robert
AU - Dharmarajan, Lekshmi
AU - Lang, Moritz
AU - Stelling, Jörg
ID - 1008
IS - 10
JF - ACS Synthetic Biology
TI - An orthogonal permease–inducer–repressor feedback loop shows bistability
VL - 5
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Majorana zero modes are quasiparticle excitations in condensed matter systems that have been proposed as building blocks of fault-tolerant quantum computers. They are expected to exhibit non-Abelian particle statistics, in contrast to the usual statistics of fermions and bosons, enabling quantum operations to be performed by braiding isolated modes around one another. Quantum braiding operations are topologically protected insofar as these modes are pinned near zero energy, with the departure from zero expected to be exponentially small as the modes become spatially separated. Following theoretical proposals, several experiments have identified signatures of Majorana modes in nanowires with proximity-induced superconductivity and atomic chains, with small amounts of mode splitting potentially explained by hybridization of Majorana modes. Here, we use Coulomb-blockade spectroscopy in an InAs nanowire segment with epitaxial aluminium, which forms a proximity-induced superconducting Coulomb island (a â ∼ Majorana islandâ (tm)) that is isolated from normal-metal leads by tunnel barriers, to measure the splitting of near-zero-energy Majorana modes. We observe exponential suppression of energy splitting with increasing wire length. For short devices of a few hundred nanometres, sub-gap state energies oscillate as the magnetic field is varied, as is expected for hybridized Majorana modes. Splitting decreases by a factor of about ten for each half a micrometre of increased wire length. For devices longer than about one micrometre, transport in strong magnetic fields occurs through a zero-energy state that is energetically isolated from a continuum, yielding uniformly spaced Coulomb-blockade conductance peaks, consistent with teleportation via Majorana modes. Our results help to explain the trivial-to-topological transition in finite systems and to quantify the scaling of topological protection with end-mode separation.
AU - Albrecht, S M
AU - Higginbotham, Andrew P
AU - Jespersen, Thomas
AU - Madsen, Morten
AU - Kuemmeth, Ferdinand
AU - Nygård, Jesper
AU - Krogstrup, Peter
AU - Marcus, Charles
ID - 101
IS - 7593
JF - Nature
TI - Exponential protection of zero modes in Majorana islands
VL - 531
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Recent experiments have produced mounting evidence of Majorana zero modes in nanowire-superconductor hybrids. Signatures of an expected topological phase transition accompanying the onset of these modes nevertheless remain elusive. We investigate a fundamental question concerning this issue: Do well-formed Majorana modes necessarily entail a sharp phase transition in these setups? Assuming reasonable parameters, we argue that finite-size effects can dramatically smooth this putative transition into a crossover, even in systems large enough to support well-localized Majorana modes. We propose overcoming such finite-size effects by examining the behavior of low-lying excited states through tunneling spectroscopy. In particular, the excited-state energies exhibit characteristic field and density dependence, and scaling with system size, that expose an approaching topological phase transition. We suggest several experiments for extracting the predicted behavior. As a useful byproduct, the protocols also allow one to measure the wire's spin-orbit coupling directly in its superconducting environment.
AU - Mishmash, Ryan
AU - Aasen, David
AU - Higginbotham, Andrew P
AU - Alicea, Jason
ID - 102
IS - 24
JF - Physical Review B
TI - Approaching a topological phase transition in Majorana nanowires
VL - 93
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Far-field super-resolution fluorescence microscopy discerns fluorophores residing closer than the diffraction barrier by briefly transferring them in different (typically ON and OFF) states before detection. In coordinate-targeted super-resolution variants, such as stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy, this state difference is created by the intensity minima and maxima of an optical pattern, causing all fluorophores to assume the off state, for instance, except at the minima. Although strong spatial confinement of the on state enables high resolution, it also subjects the fluorophores to excess intensities and state cycles at the maxima. Here, we address these issues by driving the fluorophores into a second off state that is inert to the excess light. By using reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins as labels, our approach reduces bleaching and enhances resolution and contrast in live-cell STED microscopy. Using two or more transitions to off states is a useful strategy for augmenting the power of coordinate-targeted super-resolution microscopy.
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Sidenstein, Sven
AU - Gregor, Carola
AU - Urban, Nicolai
AU - Ilgen, Peter
AU - Jakobs, Stefan
AU - Hell, Stefan
ID - 1057
IS - 2
JF - Nature Photonics
TI - Coordinate-targeted fluorescence nanoscopy with multiple off states
VL - 10
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A range of bright and photostable rhodamines and carbopyronines with absorption maxima in the range of λ=500-630 nm were prepared, and enabled the specific labeling of cytoskeletal filaments using HaloTag technology followed by staining with 1 μm solutions of the dye-ligand conjugates. The synthesis, photophysical parameters, fluorogenic behavior, and structure-property relationships of the new dyes are discussed. Light microscopy with stimulated emission depletion (STED) provided one- and two-color images of living cells with an optical resolution of 40-60 nm.
AU - Butkevich, Alexey
AU - Mitronova, Gyuzel
AU - Sidenstein, Sven
AU - Klocke, Jessica
AU - Kamin, Dirk
AU - Meineke, Dirk
AU - D'Este, Elisa
AU - Kraemer, Philip
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Belov, Vladimir
AU - Hell, Stefan
ID - 1059
IS - 10
JF - Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
TI - Fluorescent rhodamines and fluorogenic carbopyronines for super-resolution STED microscopy in living cells
VL - 55
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Superresolution fluorescence microscopy of multiple fluorophores still requires development. Here we present simultaneous three-colour stimulated emission depletion (STED) nanoscopy relying on a single STED beam at 620 nm. Toggling the STED beam between two or more power levels ("multilevelSTEDv) optimizes resolution and contrast in all colour channels, which are intrinsically co-aligned and well separated. Three-colour recording is demonstrated by imaging the nanoscale cytoskeletal organization in cultured hippocampal neurons. The down to ∼35 nm resolution identified periodic actin/betaII spectrin lattices along dendrites and spines; however, at presynaptic and postsynaptic sites, these patterns were found to be absent. Both our multicolour scheme and the 620 nm STED line should be attractive for routine STED microscopy applications.
AU - Sidenstein, Sven
AU - D'Este, Elisa
AU - Böhm, Marvin
AU - Danzl, Johann G
AU - Belov, Vladimir
AU - Hell, Stefan
ID - 1060
JF - Scientific Reports
TI - Multicolour multilevel STED nanoscopy of actin/spectrin organization at synapses
VL - 6
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Games on graphs provide the appropriate framework to study several central problems in computer science, such as verification and synthesis of reactive systems. One of the most basic objectives for games on graphs is the liveness (or Büchi) objective that given a target set of vertices requires that some vertex in the target set is visited infinitely often. We study generalized Büchi objectives (i.e., conjunction of liveness objectives), and implications between two generalized Büchi objectives (known as GR(1) objectives), that arise in numerous applications in computer-aided verification. We present improved algorithms and conditional super-linear lower bounds based on widely believed assumptions about the complexity of (A1) combinatorial Boolean matrix multiplication and (A2) CNF-SAT. We consider graph games with n vertices, m edges, and generalized Büchi objectives with k conjunctions. First, we present an algorithm with running time O(k*n^2), improving the previously known O(k*n*m) and O(k^2*n^2) worst-case bounds. Our algorithm is optimal for dense graphs under (A1). Second, we show that the basic algorithm for the problem is optimal for sparse graphs when the target sets have constant size under (A2). Finally, we consider GR(1) objectives, with k_1 conjunctions in the antecedent and k_2 conjunctions in the consequent, and present an O(k_1 k_2 n^{2.5})-time algorithm, improving the previously known O(k_1*k_2*n*m)-time algorithm for m > n^{1.5}.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Dvorák, Wolfgang
AU - Henzinger, Monika
AU - Loitzenbauer, Veronika
ID - 1068
TI - Conditionally optimal algorithms for generalized Büchi Games
VL - 58
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The Continuous Skolem Problem asks whether a real-valued function satisfying a linear differen-
tial equation has a zero in a given interval of real numbers. This is a fundamental reachability
problem for continuous linear dynamical systems, such as linear hybrid automata and continuous-
time Markov chains. Decidability of the problem is currently open – indeed decidability is open
even for the sub-problem in which a zero is sought in a bounded interval. In this paper we show
decidability of the bounded problem subject to Schanuel’s Conjecture, a unifying conjecture in
transcendental number theory. We furthermore analyse the unbounded problem in terms of the
frequencies of the differential equation, that is, the imaginary parts of the characteristic roots.
We show that the unbounded problem can be reduced to the bounded problem if there is at most
one rationally linearly independent frequency, or if there are two rationally linearly independent
frequencies and all characteristic roots are simple. We complete the picture by showing that de-
cidability of the unbounded problem in the case of two (or more) rationally linearly independent
frequencies would entail a major new effectiveness result in Diophantine approximation, namely
computability of the Diophantine-approximation types of all real algebraic numbers.
AU - Chonev, Ventsislav K
AU - Ouaknine, Joël
AU - Worrell, James
ID - 1069
TI - On the skolem problem for continuous linear dynamical systems
VL - 55
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a logic that extends CTL (Computation Tree Logic) with operators that express synchronization properties. A property is synchronized in a system if it holds in all paths of a certain length. The new logic is obtained by using the same path quantifiers and temporal operators as in CTL, but allowing a different order of the quantifiers. This small syntactic variation induces a logic that can express non-regular properties for which known extensions of MSO with equality of path length are undecidable. We show that our variant of CTL is decidable and that the model-checking problem is in Delta_3^P = P^{NP^NP}, and is DP-hard. We analogously consider quantifier exchange in extensions of CTL, and we present operators defined using basic operators of CTL* that express the occurrence of infinitely many synchronization points. We show that the model-checking problem remains in Delta_3^P. The distinguishing power of CTL and of our new logic coincide if the Next operator is allowed in the logics, thus the classical bisimulation quotient can be used for state-space reduction before model checking.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Doyen, Laurent
ID - 1070
TI - Computation tree logic for synchronization properties
VL - 55
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider data-structures for answering reachability and distance queries on constant-treewidth graphs with n nodes, on the standard RAM computational model with wordsize W=Theta(log n). Our first contribution is a data-structure that after O(n) preprocessing time, allows (1) pair reachability queries in O(1) time; and (2) single-source reachability queries in O(n/log n) time. This is (asymptotically) optimal and is faster than DFS/BFS when answering more than a constant number of single-source queries. The data-structure uses at all times O(n) space. Our second contribution is a space-time tradeoff data-structure for distance queries. For any epsilon in [1/2,1], we provide a data-structure with polynomial preprocessing time that allows pair queries in O(n^{1-\epsilon} alpha(n)) time, where alpha is the inverse of the Ackermann function, and at all times uses O(n^epsilon) space. The input graph G is not considered in the space complexity.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
ID - 1071
TI - Optimal reachability and a space time tradeoff for distance queries in constant treewidth graphs
VL - 57
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The asymmetric localization of proteins in the plasma membrane domains of eukaryotic cells is a fundamental manifestation of cell polarity that is central to multicellular organization and developmental patterning. In plants, the mechanisms underlying the polar localization of cargo proteins are still largely unknown and appear to be fundamentally distinct from those operating in mammals. Here, we present a systematic, quantitative comparative analysis of the polar delivery and subcellular localization of proteins that characterize distinct polar plasma membrane domains in plant cells. The combination of microscopic analyses and computational modeling revealed a mechanistic framework common to diverse polar cargos and underlying the establishment and maintenance of apical, basal, and lateral polar domains in plant cells. This mechanism depends on the polar secretion, constitutive endocytic recycling, and restricted lateral diffusion of cargos within the plasma membrane. Moreover, our observations suggest that polar cargo distribution involves the individual protein potential to form clusters within the plasma membrane and interact with the extracellular matrix. Our observations provide insights into the shared cellular mechanisms of polar cargo delivery and polarity maintenance in plant cells.
AU - Łangowski, Łukasz
AU - Wabnik, Krzysztof T
AU - Li, Hongjiang
AU - Vanneste, Steffen
AU - Naramoto, Satoshi
AU - Tanaka, Hirokazu
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 1081
JF - Cell Discovery
TI - Cellular mechanisms for cargo delivery and polarity maintenance at different polar domains in plant cells
VL - 2
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In many applications, it is desirable to extract only the relevant aspects of data. A principled way to do this is the information bottleneck (IB) method, where one seeks a code that maximises information about a relevance variable, Y, while constraining the information encoded about the original data, X. Unfortunately however, the IB method is computationally demanding when data are high-dimensional and/or non-gaussian. Here we propose an approximate variational scheme for maximising a lower bound on the IB objective, analogous to variational EM. Using this method, we derive an IB algorithm to recover features that are both relevant and sparse. Finally, we demonstrate how kernelised versions of the algorithm can be used to address a broad range of problems with non-linear relation between X and Y.
AU - Chalk, Matthew J
AU - Marre, Olivier
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
ID - 1082
TI - Relevant sparse codes with variational information bottleneck
VL - 29
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cholecystokinin-expressing interneurons (CCK-INs) mediate behavior state-dependent inhibition in cortical circuits and themselves receive strong GABAergic input. However, it remains unclear to what extent GABABreceptors (GABABRs) contribute to their inhibitory control. Using immunoelectron microscopy, we found that CCK-INs in the rat hippocampus possessed high levels of dendritic GABABRs and KCTD12 auxiliary proteins, whereas postsynaptic effector Kir3 channels were present at lower levels. Consistently, whole-cell recordings revealed slow GABABR-mediated inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) in most CCK-INs. In spite of the higher surface density of GABABRs in CCK-INs than in CA1 principal cells, the amplitudes of IPSCs were comparable, suggesting that the expression of Kir3 channels is the limiting factor for the GABABR currents in these INs. Morphological analysis showed that CCK-INs were diverse, comprising perisomatic-targeting basket cells (BCs), as well as dendrite-targeting (DT) interneurons, including a previously undescribed DT type. GABABR-mediated IPSCs in CCK-INs were large in BCs, but small in DT subtypes. In response to prolonged activation, GABABR-mediated currents displayed strong desensitization, which was absent in KCTD12-deficient mice. This study highlights that GABABRs differentially control CCK-IN subtypes, and the kinetics and desensitization of GABABR-mediated currents are modulated by KCTD12 proteins.
AU - Booker, Sam
AU - Althof, Daniel
AU - Gross, Anna
AU - Loreth, Desiree
AU - Müller, Johanna
AU - Unger, Andreas
AU - Fakler, Bernd
AU - Varro, Andrea
AU - Watanabe, Masahiko
AU - Gassmann, Martin
AU - Bettler, Bernhard
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
AU - Vida, Imre
AU - Kulik, Ákos
ID - 1083
IS - 3
JF - Cerebral Cortex
TI - KCTD12 auxiliary proteins modulate kinetics of GABAB receptor-mediated inhibition in Cholecystokinin-containing interneurons
VL - 27
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cell geometry is tightly coupled to gene expression patterns within the tissue microenvironment. This perspective synthesizes evidence that the 3D organization of chromosomes is a critical intermediate for geometric control of genomic programs. Using a combination of experiments and modeling we outline approaches to decipher the mechano-genomic code that governs cellular homeostasis and reprogramming.
AU - Uhler, Caroline
AU - Shivashankar, G V
ID - 1088
IS - 4
JF - BioArchitecture
TI - Geometric control and modeling of genome reprogramming
VL - 6
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - While weighted automata provide a natural framework to express quantitative properties, many basic properties like average response time cannot be expressed with weighted automata. Nested weighted automata extend weighted automata and consist of a master automaton and a set of slave automata that are invoked by the master automaton. Nested weighted automata are strictly more expressive than weighted automata (e.g., average response time can be expressed with nested weighted automata), but the basic decision questions have higher complexity (e.g., for deterministic automata, the emptiness question for nested weighted automata is PSPACE-hard, whereas the corresponding complexity for weighted automata is PTIME). We consider a natural subclass of nested weighted automata where at any point at most a bounded number k of slave automata can be active. We focus on automata whose master value function is the limit average. We show that these nested weighted automata with bounded width are strictly more expressive than weighted automata (e.g., average response time with no overlapping requests can be expressed with bound k=1, but not with non-nested weighted automata). We show that the complexity of the basic decision problems (i.e., emptiness and universality) for the subclass with k constant matches the complexity for weighted automata. Moreover, when k is part of the input given in unary we establish PSPACE-completeness.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 1090
TI - Nested weighted limit-average automata of bounded width
VL - 58
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We introduce a general class of distances (metrics) between Markov chains, which are based on linear behaviour. This class encompasses distances given topologically (such as the total variation distance or trace distance) as well as by temporal logics or automata. We investigate which of the distances can be approximated by observing the systems, i.e. by black-box testing or simulation, and we provide both negative and positive results.
AU - Daca, Przemyslaw
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
AU - Petrov, Tatjana
ID - 1093
TI - Linear distances between Markov chains
VL - 59
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Immunogold labeling of freeze-fracture replicas has recently been used for high-resolution visualization of protein localization in electron microscopy. This method has higher labeling efficiency than conventional immunogold methods for membrane molecules allowing precise quantitative measurements. However, one of the limitations of freeze-fracture replica immunolabeling is difficulty in keeping structural orientation and identifying labeled profiles in complex tissues like brain. The difficulty is partly due to fragmentation of freeze-fracture replica preparations during labeling procedures and limited morphological clues on the replica surface. To overcome these issues, we introduce here a grid-glued replica method combined with SEM observation. This method allows histological staining before dissolving the tissue and easy handling of replicas during immunogold labeling, and keeps the whole replica surface intact without fragmentation. The procedure described here is also useful for matched double-replica analysis allowing further identification of labeled profiles in corresponding P-face and E-face.
AU - Harada, Harumi
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
ID - 1094
T2 - High-Resolution Imaging of Cellular Proteins
TI - Immunogold protein localization on grid-glued freeze-fracture replicas
VL - 1474
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The semantics of concurrent data structures is usually given by a sequential specification and a consistency condition. Linearizability is the most popular consistency condition due to its simplicity and general applicability. Nevertheless, for applications that do not require all guarantees offered by linearizability, recent research has focused on improving performance and scalability of concurrent data structures by relaxing their semantics. In this paper, we present local linearizability, a relaxed consistency condition that is applicable to container-type concurrent data structures like pools, queues, and stacks. While linearizability requires that the effect of each operation is observed by all threads at the same time, local linearizability only requires that for each thread T, the effects of its local insertion operations and the effects of those removal operations that remove values inserted by T are observed by all threads at the same time. We investigate theoretical and practical properties of local linearizability and its relationship to many existing consistency conditions. We present a generic implementation method for locally linearizable data structures that uses existing linearizable data structures as building blocks. Our implementations show performance and scalability improvements over the original building blocks and outperform the fastest existing container-type implementations.
AU - Haas, Andreas
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Holzer, Andreas
AU - Kirsch, Christoph
AU - Lippautz, Michael
AU - Payer, Hannes
AU - Sezgin, Ali
AU - Sokolova, Ana
AU - Veith, Helmut
ID - 1095
T2 - Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
TI - Local linearizability for concurrent container-type data structures
VL - 59
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Schwayer, Cornelia
AU - Sikora, Mateusz K
AU - Slovakova, Jana
AU - Kardos, Roland
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
ID - 1096
IS - 6
JF - Developmental Cell
TI - Actin rings of power
VL - 37
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an interactive system for computational design, optimization, and fabrication of multicopters. Our computational approach allows non-experts to design, explore, and evaluate a wide range of different multicopters. We provide users with an intuitive interface for assembling a multicopter from a collection of components (e.g., propellers, motors, and carbon fiber rods). Our algorithm interactively optimizes shape and controller parameters of the current design to ensure its proper operation. In addition, we allow incorporating a variety of other metrics (such as payload, battery usage, size, and cost) into the design process and exploring tradeoffs between them. We show the efficacy of our method and system by designing, optimizing, fabricating, and operating multicopters with complex geometries and propeller configurations. We also demonstrate the ability of our optimization algorithm to improve the multicopter performance under different metrics.
AU - Du, Tao
AU - Schulz, Adriana
AU - Zhu, Bo
AU - Bickel, Bernd
AU - Matusik, Wojciech
ID - 1097
IS - 6
TI - Computational multicopter design
VL - 35
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Better understanding of the potential benefits of information transfer and representation learning is an important step towards the goal of building intelligent systems that are able to persist in the world and learn over time. In this work, we consider a setting where the learner encounters a stream of tasks but is able to retain only limited information from each encountered task, such as a learned predictor. In contrast to most previous works analyzing this scenario, we do not make any distributional assumptions on the task generating process. Instead, we formulate a complexity measure that captures the diversity of the observed tasks. We provide a lifelong learning algorithm with error guarantees for every observed task (rather than on average). We show sample complexity reductions in comparison to solving every task in isolation in terms of our task complexity measure. Further, our algorithmic framework can naturally be viewed as learning a representation from encountered tasks with a neural network.
AU - Pentina, Anastasia
AU - Urner, Ruth
ID - 1098
TI - Lifelong learning with weighted majority votes
VL - 29
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present FlexMolds, a novel computational approach to automatically design flexible, reusable molds that, once 3D printed, allow us to physically fabricate, by means of liquid casting, multiple copies of complex shapes with rich surface details and complex topology. The approach to design such flexible molds is based on a greedy bottom-up search of possible cuts over an object, evaluating for each possible cut the feasibility of the resulting mold. We use a dynamic simulation approach to evaluate candidate molds, providing a heuristic to generate forces that are able to open, detach, and remove a complex mold from the object it surrounds. We have tested the approach with a number of objects with nontrivial shapes and topologies.
AU - Malomo, Luigi
AU - Pietroni, Nico
AU - Bickel, Bernd
AU - Cignoni, Paolo
ID - 1099
IS - 6
TI - FlexMolds: Automatic design of flexible shells for molding
VL - 35
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Optical sensors based on the phenomenon of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) are powerful tools that have advanced the study of small molecules in biological systems. However, sensor construction is not trivial and often requires multiple rounds of engineering or an ability to screen large numbers of variants. A method that would allow the accurate rational design of FRET sensors would expedite the production of biologically useful sensors. Here, we present Rangefinder, a computational algorithm that allows rapid in silico screening of dye attachment sites in a ligand-binding protein for the conjugation of a dye molecule to act as a Förster acceptor for a fused fluorescent protein. We present three ratiometric fluorescent sensors designed with Rangefinder, including a maltose sensor with a dynamic range of >300% and the first sensors for the most abundant sialic acid in human cells, N-acetylneuraminic acid. Provided a ligand-binding protein exists, it is our expectation that this model will facilitate the design of an optical sensor for any small molecule of interest.
AU - Mitchell, Joshua
AU - Whitfield, Jason
AU - Zhang, William
AU - Henneberger, Christian
AU - Janovjak, Harald L
AU - O'Mara, Megan
AU - Jackson, Colin
ID - 1101
IS - 11
JF - ACS SENSORS
TI - Rangefinder: A semisynthetic FRET sensor design algorithm
VL - 1
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Weakly-supervised object localization methods tend to fail for object classes that consistently co-occur with the same background elements, e.g. trains on tracks. We propose a method to overcome these failures by adding a very small amount of model-specific additional annotation. The main idea is to cluster a deep network\'s mid-level representations and assign object or distractor labels to each cluster. Experiments show substantially improved localization results on the challenging ILSVC2014 dataset for bounding box detection and the PASCAL VOC2012 dataset for semantic segmentation.
AU - Kolesnikov, Alexander
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 1102
T2 - Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference 2016
TI - Improving weakly-supervised object localization by micro-annotation
VL - 2016-September
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We propose two parallel state-space-exploration algorithms for hybrid automaton (HA), with the goal of enhancing performance on multi-core shared-memory systems. The first uses the parallel, breadth-first-search algorithm (PBFS) of the SPIN model checker, when traversing the discrete modes of the HA, and enhances it with a parallel exploration of the continuous states within each mode. We show that this simple-minded extension of PBFS does not provide the desired load balancing in many HA benchmarks. The second algorithm is a task-parallel BFS algorithm (TP-BFS), which uses a cheap precomputation of the cost associated with the post operations (both continuous and discrete) in order to improve load balancing. We illustrate the TP-BFS and the cost precomputation of the post operators on a support-function-based algorithm for state-space exploration. The performance comparison of the two algorithms shows that, in general, TP-BFS provides a better utilization/load-balancing of the CPU. Both algorithms are implemented in the model checker XSpeed. Our experiments show a maximum speed-up of more than 2000 χ on a navigation benchmark, with respect to SpaceEx LGG scenario. In order to make the comparison fair, we employed an equal number of post operations in both tools. To the best of our knowledge, this paper represents the first attempt to provide parallel, reachability-analysis algorithms for HA.
AU - Gurung, Amit
AU - Deka, Arup
AU - Bartocci, Ezio
AU - Bogomolov, Sergiy
AU - Grosu, Radu
AU - Ray, Rajarshi
ID - 1103
TI - Parallel reachability analysis for hybrid systems
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Jointly characterizing neural responses in terms of several external variables promises novel insights into circuit function, but remains computationally prohibitive in practice. Here we use gaussian process (GP) priors and exploit recent advances in fast GP inference and learning based on Kronecker methods, to efficiently estimate multidimensional nonlinear tuning functions. Our estimator require considerably less data than traditional methods and further provides principled uncertainty estimates. We apply these tools to hippocampal recordings during open field exploration and use them to characterize the joint dependence of CA1 responses on the position of the animal and several other variables, including the animal\'s speed, direction of motion, and network oscillations.Our results provide an unprecedentedly detailed quantification of the tuning of hippocampal neurons. The model\'s generality suggests that our approach can be used to estimate neural response properties in other brain regions.
AU - Savin, Cristina
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
ID - 1105
TI - Estimating nonlinear neural response functions using GP priors and Kronecker methods
VL - 29
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a coherent microwave to telecom signal converter based on the electro-optical effect using a crystalline WGM-resonator coupled to a 3D microwave cavity, achieving high photon conversion efficiency of 0.1% with MHz bandwidth.
AU - Rueda, Alfredo
AU - Sedlmeir, Florian
AU - Collodo, Michele
AU - Vogl, Ulrich
AU - Stiller, Birgit
AU - Schunk, Georg
AU - Strekalov, Dimitry
AU - Marquardt, Christoph
AU - Fink, Johannes M
AU - Painter, Oskar
AU - Leuchs, Gerd
AU - Schwefel, Harald
ID - 1115
TI - Efficient single sideband microwave to optical conversion using a LiNbO inf 3 inf WGM-resonator
ER -
TY - THES
AB - Computer graphics is an extremely exciting field for two reasons. On the one hand,
there is a healthy injection of pragmatism coming from the visual effects industry
that want robust algorithms that work so they can produce results at an increasingly
frantic pace. On the other hand, they must always try to push the envelope and
achieve the impossible to wow their audiences in the next blockbuster, which means
that the industry has not succumb to conservatism, and there is plenty of room to
try out new and crazy ideas if there is a chance that it will pan into something
useful.
Water simulation has been in visual effects for decades, however it still remains
extremely challenging because of its high computational cost and difficult artdirectability.
The work in this thesis tries to address some of these difficulties.
Specifically, we make the following three novel contributions to the state-of-the-art
in water simulation for visual effects.
First, we develop the first algorithm that can convert any sequence of closed
surfaces in time into a moving triangle mesh. State-of-the-art methods at the time
could only handle surfaces with fixed connectivity, but we are the first to be able to
handle surfaces that merge and split apart. This is important for water simulation
practitioners, because it allows them to convert splashy water surfaces extracted
from particles or simulated using grid-based level sets into triangle meshes that can
be either textured and enhanced with extra surface dynamics as a post-process.
We also apply our algorithm to other phenomena that merge and split apart, such
as morphs and noisy reconstructions of human performances.
Second, we formulate a surface-based energy that measures the deviation of a
water surface froma physically valid state. Such discrepancies arise when there is a
mismatch in the degrees of freedom between the water surface and the underlying
physics solver. This commonly happens when practitioners use a moving triangle
mesh with a grid-based physics solver, or when high-resolution grid-based surfaces
are combined with low-resolution physics. Following the direction of steepest
descent on our surface-based energy, we can either smooth these artifacts or turn
them into high-resolution waves by interpreting the energy as a physical potential.
Third, we extend state-of-the-art techniques in non-reflecting boundaries to handle spatially and time-varying background flows. This allows a novel new
workflow where practitioners can re-simulate part of an existing simulation, such
as removing a solid obstacle, adding a new splash or locally changing the resolution.
Such changes can easily lead to new waves in the re-simulated region that would
reflect off of the new simulation boundary, effectively ruining the illusion of a
seamless simulation boundary between the existing and new simulations. Our
non-reflecting boundaries makes sure that such waves are absorbed.
AU - Bojsen-Hansen, Morten
ID - 1122
TI - Tracking, correcting and absorbing water surface waves
ER -
TY - THES
AB - Traditionally machine learning has been focusing on the problem of solving a single
task in isolation. While being quite well understood, this approach disregards an
important aspect of human learning: when facing a new problem, humans are able to
exploit knowledge acquired from previously learned tasks. Intuitively, access to several
problems simultaneously or sequentially could also be advantageous for a machine
learning system, especially if these tasks are closely related. Indeed, results of many
empirical studies have provided justification for this intuition. However, theoretical
justifications of this idea are rather limited.
The focus of this thesis is to expand the understanding of potential benefits of information
transfer between several related learning problems. We provide theoretical
analysis for three scenarios of multi-task learning - multiple kernel learning, sequential
learning and active task selection. We also provide a PAC-Bayesian perspective on
lifelong learning and investigate how the task generation process influences the generalization
guarantees in this scenario. In addition, we show how some of the obtained
theoretical results can be used to derive principled multi-task and lifelong learning
algorithms and illustrate their performance on various synthetic and real-world datasets.
AU - Pentina, Anastasia
ID - 1126
TI - Theoretical foundations of multi-task lifelong learning
ER -
TY - THES
AB - The process of gene expression is central to the modern understanding of how cellular systems
function. In this process, a special kind of regulatory proteins, called transcription factors,
are important to determine how much protein is produced from a given gene. As biological
information is transmitted from transcription factor concentration to mRNA levels to amounts of
protein, various sources of noise arise and pose limits to the fidelity of intracellular signaling.
This thesis concerns itself with several aspects of stochastic gene expression: (i) the mathematical
description of complex promoters responsible for the stochastic production of biomolecules,
(ii) fundamental limits to information processing the cell faces due to the interference from multiple
fluctuating signals, (iii) how the presence of gene expression noise influences the evolution
of regulatory sequences, (iv) and tools for the experimental study of origins and consequences
of cell-cell heterogeneity, including an application to bacterial stress response systems.
AU - Rieckh, Georg
ID - 1128
TI - Studying the complexities of transcriptional regulation
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Hybrid systems have both continuous and discrete dynamics and are useful for modeling a variety of control systems, from air traffic control protocols to robotic maneuvers and beyond. Recently, numerous powerful and scalable tools for analyzing hybrid systems have emerged. Several of these tools implement automated formal methods for mathematically proving a system meets a specification. This tutorial session will present three recent hybrid systems tools: C2E2, HyST, and TuLiP. C2E2 is a simulated-based verification tool for hybrid systems, and uses validated numerical solvers and bloating of simulation traces to verify systems meet specifications. HyST is a hybrid systems model transformation and translation tool, and uses a canonical intermediate representation to support most of the recent verification tools, as well as automated sound abstractions that simplify verification of a given hybrid system. TuLiP is a controller synthesis tool for hybrid systems, where given a temporal logic specification to be satisfied for a system (plant) model, TuLiP will find a controller that meets a given specification. © 2016 IEEE.
AU - Duggirala, Parasara
AU - Fan, Chuchu
AU - Potok, Matthew
AU - Qi, Bolun
AU - Mitra, Sayan
AU - Viswanathan, Mahesh
AU - Bak, Stanley
AU - Bogomolov, Sergiy
AU - Johnson, Taylor
AU - Nguyen, Luan
AU - Schilling, Christian
AU - Sogokon, Andrew
AU - Tran, Hoang
AU - Xiang, Weiming
ID - 1134
T2 - 2016 IEEE Conference on Control Applications
TI - Tutorial: Software tools for hybrid systems verification transformation and synthesis C2E2 HyST and TuLiP
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Time-triggered (TT) switched networks are a deterministic communication infrastructure used by real-time distributed embedded systems. These networks rely on the notion of globally discretized time (i.e. time slots) and a static TT schedule that prescribes which message is sent through which link at every time slot, such that all messages reach their destination before a global timeout. These schedules are generated offline, assuming a static network with fault-free links, and entrusting all error-handling functions to the end user. Assuming the network is static is an over-optimistic view, and indeed links tend to fail in practice. We study synthesis of TT schedules on a network in which links fail over time and we assume the switches run a very simple error-recovery protocol once they detect a crashed link. We address the problem of finding a pk; qresistant schedule; namely, one that, assuming the switches run a fixed error-recovery protocol, guarantees that the number of messages that arrive at their destination by the timeout is at least no matter what sequence of at most k links fail. Thus, we maintain the simplicity of the switches while giving a guarantee on the number of messages that meet the timeout. We show how a pk; q-resistant schedule can be obtained using a CEGAR-like approach: find a schedule, decide whether it is pk; q-resistant, and if it is not, use the witnessing fault sequence to generate a constraint that is added to the program. The newly added constraint disallows the schedule to be regenerated in a future iteration while also eliminating several other schedules that are not pk; q-resistant. We illustrate the applicability of our approach using an SMT-based implementation. © 2016 ACM.
AU - Avni, Guy
AU - Guha, Shibashis
AU - Rodríguez Navas, Guillermo
ID - 1135
T2 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Embedded Software
TI - Synthesizing time triggered schedules for switched networks with faulty links
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We propose an interactive sculpting system for seamlessly editing pre-computed animations of liquid, without the need for any resimulation. The input is a sequence of meshes without correspondences representing the liquid surface over time. Our method enables the efficient selection of consistent space-time parts of this animation, such as moving waves or droplets, which we call space-time features. Once selected, a feature can be copied, edited, or duplicated and then pasted back anywhere in space and time in the same or in another liquid animation sequence. Our method circumvents tedious user interactions by automatically computing the spatial and temporal ranges of the selected feature. We also provide space-time shape editing tools for non-uniform scaling, rotation, trajectory changes, and temporal editing to locally speed up or slow down motion. Using our tools, the user can edit and progressively refine any input simulation result, possibly using a library of precomputed space-time features extracted from other animations. In contrast to the trial-and-error loop usually required to edit animation results through the tuning of indirect simulation parameters, our method gives the user full control over the edited space-time behaviors. © 2016 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).
AU - Manteaux, Pierre
AU - Vimont, Ulysse
AU - Wojtan, Christopher J
AU - Rohmer, Damien
AU - Cani, Marie
ID - 1136
T2 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Motion in Games
TI - Space-time sculpting of liquid animation
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - RASGRP1 is an important guanine nucleotide exchange factor and activator of the RAS-MAPK pathway following T cell antigen receptor (TCR) signaling. The consequences of RASGRP1 mutations in humans are unknown. In a patient with recurrent bacterial and viral infections, born to healthy consanguineous parents, we used homozygosity mapping and exome sequencing to identify a biallelic stop-gain variant in RASGRP1. This variant segregated perfectly with the disease and has not been reported in genetic databases. RASGRP1 deficiency was associated in T cells and B cells with decreased phosphorylation of the extracellular-signal-regulated serine kinase ERK, which was restored following expression of wild-type RASGRP1. RASGRP1 deficiency also resulted in defective proliferation, activation and motility of T cells and B cells. RASGRP1-deficient natural killer (NK) cells exhibited impaired cytotoxicity with defective granule convergence and actin accumulation. Interaction proteomics identified the dynein light chain DYNLL1 as interacting with RASGRP1, which links RASGRP1 to cytoskeletal dynamics. RASGRP1-deficient cells showed decreased activation of the GTPase RhoA. Treatment with lenalidomide increased RhoA activity and reversed the migration and activation defects of RASGRP1-deficient lymphocytes.
AU - Salzer, Elisabeth
AU - Çaǧdaş, Deniz
AU - Hons, Miroslav
AU - Mace, Emily
AU - Garncarz, Wojciech
AU - Petronczki, Oezlem
AU - Platzer, René
AU - Pfajfer, Laurène
AU - Bilic, Ivan
AU - Ban, Sol
AU - Willmann, Katharina
AU - Mukherjee, Malini
AU - Supper, Verena
AU - Hsu, Hsiangting
AU - Banerjee, Pinaki
AU - Sinha, Papiya
AU - Mcclanahan, Fabienne
AU - Zlabinger, Gerhard
AU - Pickl, Winfried
AU - Gribben, John
AU - Stockinger, Hannes
AU - Bennett, Keiryn
AU - Huppa, Johannes
AU - Dupré, Loï̈C
AU - Sanal, Özden
AU - Jäger, Ulrich
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Tezcan, Ilhan
AU - Orange, Jordan
AU - Boztug, Kaan
ID - 1137
IS - 12
JF - Nature Immunology
TI - RASGRP1 deficiency causes immunodeficiency with impaired cytoskeletal dynamics
VL - 17
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Automata with monitor counters, where the transitions do not depend on counter values, and nested weighted automata are two expressive automata-theoretic frameworks for quantitative properties. For a well-studied and wide class of quantitative functions, we establish that automata with monitor counters and nested weighted automata are equivalent. We study for the first time such quantitative automata under probabilistic semantics. We show that several problems that are undecidable for the classical questions of emptiness and universality become decidable under the probabilistic semantics. We present a complete picture of decidability for such automata, and even an almost-complete picture of computational complexity, for the probabilistic questions we consider. © 2016 ACM.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 1138
T2 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM/IEEE Symposium
TI - Quantitative automata under probabilistic semantics
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TY - JOUR
AB - Microtubules switch stochastically between phases of growth and shrinkage. The molecular mechanism responsible for the end of a growth phase, an event called catastrophe, is still not understood. The probability for a catastrophe to occur increases with microtubule age, putting constraints on the possible molecular mechanism of catastrophe induction. Here we used microfluidics-Assisted fast tubulin washout experiments to induce microtubule depolymerization in a controlled manner at different times after the start of growth. We found that aging can also be observed in this assay, providing valuable new constraints against which theoretical models of catastrophe induction can be tested. We found that the data can be quantitatively well explained by a simple kinetic threshold model that assumes an age-dependent broadening of the protective cap at the microtubule end as a result of an evolving tapered end structure; this leads to a decrease of the cap density and its stability. This analysis suggests an intuitive picture of the role of morphological changes of the protective cap for the age dependence of microtubule stability.
AU - Düllberg, Christian F
AU - Cade, Nicholas
AU - Surrey, Thomas
ID - 1139
IS - 22
JF - Molecular Biology and Evolution
TI - Microtubule aging probed by microfluidics assisted tubulin washout
VL - 27
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Given a model of a system and an objective, the model-checking question asks whether the model satisfies the objective. We study polynomial-time problems in two classical models, graphs and Markov Decision Processes (MDPs), with respect to several fundamental -regular objectives, e.g., Rabin and Streett objectives. For many of these problems the best-known upper bounds are quadratic or cubic, yet no super-linear lower bounds are known. In this work our contributions are two-fold: First, we present several improved algorithms, and second, we present the first conditional super-linear lower bounds based on widely believed assumptions about the complexity of CNF-SAT and combinatorial Boolean matrix multiplication. A separation result for two models with respect to an objective means a conditional lower bound for one model that is strictly higher than the existing upper bound for the other model, and similarly for two objectives with respect to a model. Our results establish the following separation results: (1) A separation of models (graphs and MDPs) for disjunctive queries of reachability and Büchi objectives. (2) Two kinds of separations of objectives, both for graphs and MDPs, namely, (2a) the separation of dual objectives such as Streett/Rabin objectives, and (2b) the separation of conjunction and disjunction of multiple objectives of the same type such as safety, Büchi, and coBüchi. In summary, our results establish the first model and objective separation results for graphs and MDPs for various classical -regular objectives. Quite strikingly, we establish conditional lower bounds for the disjunction of objectives that are strictly higher than the existing upper bounds for the conjunction of the same objectives. © 2016 ACM.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Dvoák, Wolfgang
AU - Henzinger, Monika
AU - Loitzenbauer, Veronika
ID - 1140
T2 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
TI - Model and objective separation with conditional lower bounds disjunction is harder than conjunction
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this paper we introduce the Multiobjective Optimization Hierarchic Genetic Strategy with maturing (MO-mHGS), a meta-algorithm that performs evolutionary optimization in a hierarchy of populations. The maturing mechanism improves growth and reduces redundancy. The performance of MO-mHGS with selected state-of-the-art multiobjective evolutionary algorithms as internal algorithms is analysed on benchmark problems and their modifications for which single fitness evaluation time depends on the solution accuracy. We compare the proposed algorithm with the Island Model Genetic Algorithm as well as with single-deme methods, and discuss the impact of internal algorithms on the MO-mHGS meta-algorithm. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
AU - Łazarz, Radosław
AU - Idzik, Michał
AU - Gądek, Konrad
AU - Gajda-Zagorska, Ewa P
ID - 1141
IS - 1
JF - Journal of Computational Science
TI - Hierarchic genetic strategy with maturing as a generic tool for multiobjective optimization
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Hemolysis drives susceptibility to bacterial infections and predicts poor outcome from sepsis. These detrimental effects are commonly considered to be a consequence of heme-iron serving as a nutrient for bacteria. We employed a Gram-negative sepsis model and found that elevated heme levels impaired the control of bacterial proliferation independently of heme-iron acquisition by pathogens. Heme strongly inhibited phagocytosis and the migration of human and mouse phagocytes by disrupting actin cytoskeletal dynamics via activation of the GTP-binding Rho family protein Cdc42 by the guanine nucleotide exchange factor DOCK8. A chemical screening approach revealed that quinine effectively prevented heme effects on the cytoskeleton, restored phagocytosis and improved survival in sepsis. These mechanistic insights provide potential therapeutic targets for patients with sepsis or hemolytic disorders.
AU - Martins, Rui
AU - Maier, Julia
AU - Gorki, Anna
AU - Huber, Kilian
AU - Sharif, Omar
AU - Starkl, Philipp
AU - Saluzzo, Simona
AU - Quattrone, Federica
AU - Gawish, Riem
AU - Lakovits, Karin
AU - Aichinger, Michael
AU - Radic Sarikas, Branka
AU - Lardeau, Charles
AU - Hladik, Anastasiya
AU - Korosec, Ana
AU - Brown, Markus
AU - Vaahtomeri, Kari
AU - Duggan, Michelle
AU - Kerjaschki, Dontscho
AU - Esterbauer, Harald
AU - Colinge, Jacques
AU - Eisenbarth, Stephanie
AU - Decker, Thomas
AU - Bennett, Keiryn
AU - Kubicek, Stefan
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Superti Furga, Giulio
AU - Knapp, Sylvia
ID - 1142
IS - 12
JF - Nature Immunology
TI - Heme drives hemolysis-induced susceptibility to infection via disruption of phagocyte functions
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the ground state of a dilute Bose gas in a scaling limit where the Gross-Pitaevskii functional emerges. This is a repulsive nonlinear Schrödinger functional whose quartic term is proportional to the scattering length of the interparticle interaction potential. We propose a new derivation of this limit problem, with a method that bypasses some of the technical difficulties that previous derivations had to face. The new method is based on a combination of Dyson\'s lemma, the quantum de Finetti theorem and a second moment estimate for ground states of the effective Dyson Hamiltonian. It applies equally well to the case where magnetic fields or rotation are present.
AU - Nam, Phan
AU - Rougerie, Nicolas
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 1143
IS - 2
JF - Analysis and PDE
TI - Ground states of large bosonic systems: The gross Pitaevskii limit revisited
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Auxin directs plant ontogenesis via differential accumulation within tissues depending largely on the activity of PIN proteins that mediate auxin efflux from cells and its directional cell-to-cell transport. Regardless of the developmental importance of PINs, the structure of these transporters is poorly characterized. Here, we present experimental data concerning protein topology of plasma membrane-localized PINs. Utilizing approaches based on pH-dependent quenching of fluorescent reporters combined with immunolocalization techniques, we mapped the membrane topology of PINs and further cross-validated our results using available topology modeling software. We delineated the topology of PIN1 with two transmembrane (TM) bundles of five α-helices linked by a large intracellular loop and a C-terminus positioned outside the cytoplasm. Using constraints derived from our experimental data, we also provide an updated position of helical regions generating a verisimilitude model of PIN1. Since the canonical long PINs show a high degree of conservation in TM domains and auxin transport capacity has been demonstrated for Arabidopsis representatives of this group, this empirically enhanced topological model of PIN1 will be an important starting point for further studies on PIN structure–function relationships. In addition, we have established protocols that can be used to probe the topology of other plasma membrane proteins in plants. © 2016 The Authors
AU - Nodzyński, Tomasz
AU - Vanneste, Steffen
AU - Zwiewka, Marta
AU - Pernisová, Markéta
AU - Hejátko, Jan
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 1145
IS - 11
JF - Molecular Plant
TI - Enquiry into the topology of plasma membrane localized PIN auxin transport components
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Apical dominance is one of the fundamental developmental phenomena in plant biology, which determines the overall architecture of aerial plant parts. Here we show apex decapitation activated competition for dominance in adjacent upper and lower axillary buds. A two-nodal-bud pea (Pisum sativum L.) was used as a model system to monitor and assess auxin flow, auxin transport channels, and dormancy and initiation status of axillary buds. Auxin flow was manipulated by lateral stem wounds or chemically by auxin efflux inhibitors 2,3,5-triiodobenzoic acid (TIBA), 1-N-naphtylphtalamic acid (NPA), or protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide (CHX) treatments, which served to interfere with axillary bud competition. Redirecting auxin flow to different points influenced which bud formed the outgrowing and dominant shoot. The obtained results proved that competition between upper and lower axillary buds as secondary auxin sources is based on the same auxin canalization principle that operates between the shoot apex and axillary bud. © The Author(s) 2016.
AU - Balla, Jozef
AU - Medved'Ová, Zuzana
AU - Kalousek, Petr
AU - Matiješčuková, Natálie
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Reinöhl, Vilém
AU - Procházka, Stanislav
ID - 1147
JF - Scientific Reports
TI - Auxin flow mediated competition between axillary buds to restore apical dominance
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - 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. © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd
AU - Schilling, Christian
AU - Bogomolov, Sergiy
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Podelski, Andreas
AU - Ruess, Jakob
ID - 1148
JF - Biosystems
TI - Adaptive moment closure for parameter inference of biochemical reaction networks
VL - 149
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the usefulness of two most prominent publicly available rigorous ODE integrators: one provided by the CAPD group (capd.ii.uj.edu.pl), the other based on the COSY Infinity project (cosyinfinity.org). Both integrators are capable of handling entire sets of initial conditions and provide tight rigorous outer enclosures of the images under a time-T map. We conduct extensive benchmark computations using the well-known Lorenz system, and compare the computation time against the final accuracy achieved. We also discuss the effect of a few technical parameters, such as the order of the numerical integration method, the value of T, and the phase space resolution. We conclude that COSY may provide more precise results due to its ability of avoiding the variable dependency problem. However, the overall cost of computations conducted using CAPD is typically lower, especially when intervals of parameters are involved. Moreover, access to COSY is limited (registration required) and the rigorous ODE integrators are not publicly available, while CAPD is an open source free software project. Therefore, we recommend the latter integrator for this kind of computations. Nevertheless, proper choice of the various integration parameters turns out to be of even greater importance than the choice of the integrator itself. © 2016 IMACS. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
AU - Miyaji, Tomoyuki
AU - Pilarczyk, Pawel
AU - Gameiro, Marcio
AU - Kokubu, Hiroshi
AU - Mischaikow, Konstantin
ID - 1149
JF - Applied Numerical Mathematics
TI - A study of rigorous ODE integrators for multi scale set oriented computations
VL - 107
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - When neutrophils infiltrate a site of inflammation, they have to stop at the right place to exert their effector function. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Wang et al. (2016) show that neutrophils sense reactive oxygen species via the TRPM2 channel to arrest migration at their target site. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.
AU - Renkawitz, Jörg
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 1150
IS - 5
JF - Developmental Cell
TI - A Radical Break Restraining Neutrophil Migration
VL - 38
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Tissue patterning in multicellular organisms is the output of precise spatio–temporal regulation of gene expression coupled with changes in hormone dynamics. In plants, the hormone auxin regulates growth and development at every stage of a plant’s life cycle. Auxin signaling occurs through binding of the auxin molecule to a TIR1/AFB F-box ubiquitin ligase, allowing interaction with Aux/IAA transcriptional repressor proteins. These are subsequently ubiquitinated and degraded via the 26S proteasome, leading to derepression of auxin response factors (ARFs). How auxin is able to elicit such a diverse range of developmental responses through a single signaling module has not yet been resolved. Here we present an alternative auxin-sensing mechanism in which the ARF ARF3/ETTIN controls gene expression through interactions with process-specific transcription factors. This noncanonical hormonesensing mechanism exhibits strong preference for the naturally occurring auxin indole 3-acetic acid (IAA) and is important for coordinating growth and patterning in diverse developmental contexts such as gynoecium morphogenesis, lateral root emergence, ovule development, and primary branch formation. Disrupting this IAA-sensing ability induces morphological aberrations with consequences for plant fitness. Therefore, our findings introduce a novel transcription factor-based mechanism of hormone perception in plants. © 2016 Simonini et al.
AU - Simonini, Sara
AU - Deb, Joyita
AU - Moubayidin, Laila
AU - Stephenson, Pauline
AU - Valluru, Manoj
AU - Freire Rios, Alejandra
AU - Sorefan, Karim
AU - Weijers, Dolf
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Östergaard, Lars
ID - 1151
IS - 20
JF - Genes and Development
TI - A noncanonical auxin sensing mechanism is required for organ morphogenesis in arabidopsis
VL - 30
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TY - JOUR
AB - Differential cell growth enables flexible organ bending in the presence of environmental signals such as light or gravity. A prominent example of the developmental processes based on differential cell growth is the formation of the apical hook that protects the fragile shoot apical meristem when it breaks through the soil during germination. Here, we combined in silico and in vivo approaches to identify a minimal mechanism producing auxin gradient-guided differential growth during the establishment of the apical hook in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Computer simulation models based on experimental data demonstrate that asymmetric expression of the PIN-FORMED auxin efflux carrier at the concave (inner) versus convex (outer) side of the hook suffices to establish an auxin maximum in the epidermis at the concave side of the apical hook. Furthermore, we propose a mechanism that translates this maximum into differential growth, and thus curvature, of the apical hook. Through a combination of experimental and in silico computational approaches, we have identified the individual contributions of differential cell elongation and proliferation to defining the apical hook and reveal the role of auxin-ethylene crosstalk in balancing these two processes. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.
AU - Žádníková, Petra
AU - Wabnik, Krzysztof T
AU - Abuzeineh, Anas
AU - Gallemí, Marçal
AU - Van Der Straeten, Dominique
AU - Smith, Richard
AU - Inze, Dirk
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Prusinkiewicz, Przemysław
AU - Benková, Eva
ID - 1153
IS - 10
JF - Plant Cell
TI - A model of differential growth guided apical hook formation in plants
VL - 28
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cellular locomotion is a central hallmark of eukaryotic life. It is governed by cell-extrinsic molecular factors, which can either emerge in the soluble phase or as immobilized, often adhesive ligands. To encode for direction, every cue must be present as a spatial or temporal gradient. Here, we developed a microfluidic chamber that allows measurement of cell migration in combined response to surface immobilized and soluble molecular gradients. As a proof of principle we study the response of dendritic cells to their major guidance cues, chemokines. The majority of data on chemokine gradient sensing is based on in vitro studies employing soluble gradients. Despite evidence suggesting that in vivo chemokines are often immobilized to sugar residues, limited information is available how cells respond to immobilized chemokines. We tracked migration of dendritic cells towards immobilized gradients of the chemokine CCL21 and varying superimposed soluble gradients of CCL19. Differential migratory patterns illustrate the potential of our setup to quantitatively study the competitive response to both types of gradients. Beyond chemokines our approach is broadly applicable to alternative systems of chemo- and haptotaxis such as cells migrating along gradients of adhesion receptor ligands vs. any soluble cue.
AU - Schwarz, Jan
AU - Bierbaum, Veronika
AU - Merrin, Jack
AU - Frank, Tino
AU - Hauschild, Robert
AU - Bollenbach, Mark Tobias
AU - Tay, Savaş
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Mehling, Matthias
ID - 1154
JF - Scientific Reports
TI - A microfluidic device for measuring cell migration towards substrate bound and soluble chemokine gradients
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let k, n, and r be positive integers with k < n and r≤⌊nk⌋. We determine the facets of the r-stable n, k-hypersimplex. As a result, it turns out that the r-stable n, k-hypersimplex has exactly 2n facets for every r<⌊nk⌋. We then utilize the equations of the facets to study when the r-stable hypersimplex is Gorenstein. For every k > 0 we identify an infinite collection of Gorenstein r-stable hypersimplices, consequently expanding the collection of r-stable hypersimplices known to have unimodal Ehrhart δ-vectors.
AU - Hibi, Takayugi
AU - Liam Solus
ID - 1156
IS - 4
JF - Annals of Combinatorics
TI - Facets of the r-stable (n, k)-hypersimplex
VL - 20
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider sample covariance matrices of the form Q = ( σ1/2X)(σ1/2X)∗, where the sample X is an M ×N random matrix whose entries are real independent random variables with variance 1/N and whereσ is an M × M positive-definite deterministic matrix. We analyze the asymptotic fluctuations of the largest rescaled eigenvalue of Q when both M and N tend to infinity with N/M →d ϵ (0,∞). For a large class of populations σ in the sub-critical regime, we show that the distribution of the largest rescaled eigenvalue of Q is given by the type-1 Tracy-Widom distribution under the additional assumptions that (1) either the entries of X are i.i.d. Gaussians or (2) that σ is diagonal and that the entries of X have a sub-exponential decay.
AU - Lee, Ji
AU - Schnelli, Kevin
ID - 1157
IS - 6
JF - Annals of Applied Probability
TI - Tracy-widom distribution for the largest eigenvalue of real sample covariance matrices with general population
VL - 26
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Speciation results from the progressive accumulation of mutations that decrease the probability of mating between parental populations or reduce the fitness of hybrids—the so-called species barriers. The speciation genomic literature, however, is mainly a collection of case studies, each with its own approach and specificities, such that a global view of the gradual process of evolution from one to two species is currently lacking. Of primary importance is the prevalence of gene flow between diverging entities, which is central in most species concepts and has been widely discussed in recent years. Here, we explore the continuum of speciation thanks to a comparative analysis of genomic data from 61 pairs of populations/species of animals with variable levels of divergence. Gene flow between diverging gene pools is assessed under an approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) framework. We show that the intermediate "grey zone" of speciation, in which taxonomy is often controversial, spans from 0.5% to 2% of net synonymous divergence, irrespective of species life history traits or ecology. Thanks to appropriate modeling of among-locus variation in genetic drift and introgression rate, we clarify the status of the majority of ambiguous cases and uncover a number of cryptic species. Our analysis also reveals the high incidence in animals of semi-isolated species (when some but not all loci are affected by barriers to gene flow) and highlights the intrinsic difficulty, both statistical and conceptual, of delineating species in the grey zone of speciation.
AU - Roux, Camille
AU - Fraisse, Christelle
AU - Romiguier, Jonathan
AU - Anciaux, Youann
AU - Galtier, Nicolas
AU - Bierne, Nicolas
ID - 1158
IS - 12
JF - PLoS Biology
TI - Shedding light on the grey zone of speciation along a continuum of genomic divergence
VL - 14
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A drawing of a graph G is radial if the vertices of G are placed on concentric circles C1, … , Ck with common center c, and edges are drawn radially: every edge intersects every circle centered at c at most once. G is radial planar if it has a radial embedding, that is, a crossing-free radial drawing. If the vertices of G are ordered or partitioned into ordered levels (as they are for leveled graphs), we require that the assignment of vertices to circles corresponds to the given ordering or leveling. A pair of edges e and f in a graph is independent if e and f do not share a vertex. We show that a graph G is radial planar if G has a radial drawing in which every two independent edges cross an even number of times; the radial embedding has the same leveling as the radial drawing. In other words, we establish the strong Hanani-Tutte theorem for radial planarity. This characterization yields a very simple algorithm for radial planarity testing.
AU - Fulek, Radoslav
AU - Pelsmajer, Michael
AU - Schaefer, Marcus
ID - 1164
TI - Hanani-Tutte for radial planarity II
VL - 9801
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We show that c-planarity is solvable in quadratic time for flat clustered graphs with three clusters if the combinatorial embedding of the underlying graph is fixed. In simpler graph-theoretical terms our result can be viewed as follows. Given a graph G with the vertex set partitioned into three parts embedded on a 2-sphere, our algorithm decides if we can augment G by adding edges without creating an edge-crossing so that in the resulting spherical graph the vertices of each part induce a connected sub-graph. We proceed by a reduction to the problem of testing the existence of a perfect matching in planar bipartite graphs. We formulate our result in a slightly more general setting of cyclic clustered graphs, i.e., the simple graph obtained by contracting each cluster, where we disregard loops and multi-edges, is a cycle.
AU - Fulek, Radoslav
ID - 1165
TI - C-planarity of embedded cyclic c-graphs
VL - 9801
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - POMDPs are standard models for probabilistic planning problems, where an agent interacts with an uncertain environment. We study the problem of almost-sure reachability, where given a set of target states, the question is to decide whether there is a policy to ensure that the target set is reached with probability 1 (almost-surely). While in general the problem is EXPTIMEcomplete, in many practical cases policies with a small amount of memory suffice. Moreover, the existing solution to the problem is explicit, which first requires to construct explicitly an exponential reduction to a belief-support MDP. In this work, we first study the existence of observation-stationary strategies, which is NP-complete, and then small-memory strategies. We present a symbolic algorithm by an efficient encoding to SAT and using a SAT solver for the problem. We report experimental results demonstrating the scalability of our symbolic (SAT-based) approach. © 2016, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (www.aaai.org). All rights reserved.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Chmelik, Martin
AU - Davies, Jessica
ID - 1166
T2 - Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
TI - A symbolic SAT based algorithm for almost sure reachability with small strategies in pomdps
VL - 2016
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Evolutionary pathways describe trajectories of biological evolution in the space of different variants of organisms (genotypes). The probability of existence and the number of evolutionary pathways that lead from a given genotype to a better-adapted genotype are important measures of accessibility of local fitness optima and the reproducibility of evolution. Both quantities have been studied in simple mathematical models where genotypes are represented as binary sequences of two types of basic units, and the network of permitted mutations between the genotypes is a hypercube graph. However, it is unclear how these results translate to the biologically relevant case in which genotypes are represented by sequences of more than two units, for example four nucleotides (DNA) or 20 amino acids (proteins), and the mutational graph is not the hypercube. Here we investigate accessibility of the best-adapted genotype in the general case of K > 2 units. Using computer generated and experimental fitness landscapes we show that accessibility of the global fitness maximum increases with K and can be much higher than for binary sequences. The increase in accessibility comes from the increase in the number of indirect trajectories exploited by evolution for higher K. As one of the consequences, the fraction of genotypes that are accessible increases by three orders of magnitude when the number of units K increases from 2 to 16 for landscapes of size N ∼ 106genotypes. This suggests that evolution can follow many different trajectories on such landscapes and the reconstruction of evolutionary pathways from experimental data might be an extremely difficult task.
AU - Zagórski, Marcin P
AU - Burda, Zdzisław
AU - Wacław, Bartłomiej
ID - 1167
IS - 12
JF - PLoS Computational Biology
TI - Beyond the hypercube evolutionary accessibility of fitness landscapes with realistic mutational networks
VL - 12
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The increasing complexity of dynamic models in systems and synthetic biology poses computational challenges especially for the identification of model parameters. While modularization of the corresponding optimization problems could help reduce the “curse of dimensionality,” abundant feedback and crosstalk mechanisms prohibit a simple decomposition of most biomolecular networks into subnetworks, or modules. Drawing on ideas from network modularization and multiple-shooting optimization, we present here a modular parameter identification approach that explicitly allows for such interdependencies. Interfaces between our modules are given by the experimentally measured molecular species. This definition allows deriving good (initial) estimates for the inter-module communication directly from the experimental data. Given these estimates, the states and parameter sensitivities of different modules can be integrated independently. To achieve consistency between modules, we iteratively adjust the estimates for inter-module communication while optimizing the parameters. After convergence to an optimal parameter set---but not during earlier iterations---the intermodule communication as well as the individual modules\' state dynamics agree with the dynamics of the nonmodularized network. Our modular parameter identification approach allows for easy parallelization; it can reduce the computational complexity for larger networks and decrease the probability to converge to suboptimal local minima. We demonstrate the algorithm\'s performance in parameter estimation for two biomolecular networks, a synthetic genetic oscillator and a mammalian signaling pathway.
AU - Lang, Moritz
AU - Stelling, Jörg
ID - 1170
IS - 6
JF - SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
TI - Modular parameter identification of biomolecular networks
VL - 38
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
ID - 1171
JF - Physics of Life Reviews
TI - Understanding regulatory networks requires more than computing a multitude of graph statistics: Comment on "Drivers of structural features in gene regulatory networks: From biophysical constraints to biological function" by O. C. Martin et al.
VL - 17
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TY - JOUR
AB - A central issue in cell biology is the physico-chemical basis of organelle biogenesis in intracellular trafficking pathways, its most impressive manifestation being the biogenesis of Golgi cisternae. At a basic level, such morphologically and chemically distinct compartments should arise from an interplay between the molecular transport and chemical maturation. Here, we formulate analytically tractable, minimalist models, that incorporate this interplay between transport and chemical progression in physical space, and explore the conditions for de novo biogenesis of distinct cisternae. We propose new quantitative measures that can discriminate between the various models of transport in a qualitative manner-this includes measures of the dynamics in steady state and the dynamical response to perturbations of the kind amenable to live-cell imaging.
AU - Sachdeva, Himani
AU - Barma, Mustansir
AU - Rao, Madan
ID - 1172
JF - Scientific Reports
TI - Nonequilibrium description of de novo biogenesis and transport through Golgi-like cisternae
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Boldyreva, Palacio and Warinschi introduced a multiple forking game as an extension of general forking. The notion of (multiple) forking is a useful abstraction from the actual simulation of cryptographic scheme to the adversary in a security reduction, and is achieved through the intermediary of a so-called wrapper algorithm. Multiple forking has turned out to be a useful tool in the security argument of several cryptographic protocols. However, a reduction employing multiple forking incurs a significant degradation of (Formula presented.) , where (Formula presented.) denotes the upper bound on the underlying random oracle calls and (Formula presented.) , the number of forkings. In this work we take a closer look at the reasons for the degradation with a tighter security bound in mind. We nail down the exact set of conditions for success in the multiple forking game. A careful analysis of the cryptographic schemes and corresponding security reduction employing multiple forking leads to the formulation of ‘dependence’ and ‘independence’ conditions pertaining to the output of the wrapper in different rounds. Based on the (in)dependence conditions we propose a general framework of multiple forking and a General Multiple Forking Lemma. Leveraging (in)dependence to the full allows us to improve the degradation factor in the multiple forking game by a factor of (Formula presented.). By implication, the cost of a single forking involving two random oracles (augmented forking) matches that involving a single random oracle (elementary forking). Finally, we study the effect of these observations on the concrete security of existing schemes employing multiple forking. We conclude that by careful design of the protocol (and the wrapper in the security reduction) it is possible to harness our observations to the full extent.
AU - Kamath Hosdurg, Chethan
AU - Chatterjee, Sanjit
ID - 1177
IS - 4
JF - Algorithmica
TI - A closer look at multiple-forking: Leveraging (in)dependence for a tighter bound
VL - 74
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Computational notions of entropy have recently found many applications, including leakage-resilient cryptography, deterministic encryption or memory delegation. The two main types of results which make computational notions so useful are (1) Chain rules, which quantify by how much the computational entropy of a variable decreases if conditioned on some other variable (2) Transformations, which quantify to which extend one type of entropy implies another.
Such chain rules and transformations typically lose a significant amount in quality of the entropy, and are the reason why applying these results one gets rather weak quantitative security bounds. In this paper we for the first time prove lower bounds in this context, showing that existing results for transformations are, unfortunately, basically optimal for non-adaptive black-box reductions (and it’s hard to imagine how non black-box reductions or adaptivity could be useful here.)
A variable X has k bits of HILL entropy of quality (ϵ,s)
if there exists a variable Y with k bits min-entropy which cannot be distinguished from X with advantage ϵ
by distinguishing circuits of size s. A weaker notion is Metric entropy, where we switch quantifiers, and only require that for every distinguisher of size s, such a Y exists.
We first describe our result concerning transformations. By definition, HILL implies Metric without any loss in quality. Metric entropy often comes up in applications, but must be transformed to HILL for meaningful security guarantees. The best known result states that if a variable X has k bits of Metric entropy of quality (ϵ,s)
, then it has k bits of HILL with quality (2ϵ,s⋅ϵ2). We show that this loss of a factor Ω(ϵ−2)
in circuit size is necessary. In fact, we show the stronger result that this loss is already necessary when transforming so called deterministic real valued Metric entropy to randomised boolean Metric (both these variants of Metric entropy are implied by HILL without loss in quality).
The chain rule for HILL entropy states that if X has k bits of HILL entropy of quality (ϵ,s)
, then for any variable Z of length m, X conditioned on Z has k−m bits of HILL entropy with quality (ϵ,s⋅ϵ2/2m). We show that a loss of Ω(2m/ϵ) in circuit size necessary here. Note that this still leaves a gap of ϵ between the known bound and our lower bound.
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Maciej, Skorski
ID - 1179
TI - Pseudoentropy: Lower-bounds for chain rules and transformations
VL - 9985
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - This review accompanies a 2016 SFN mini-symposium presenting examples of current studies that address a central question: How do neural stem cells (NSCs) divide in different ways to produce heterogeneous daughter types at the right time and in proper numbers to build a cerebral cortex with the appropriate size and structure? We will focus on four aspects of corticogenesis: cytokinesis events that follow apical mitoses of NSCs; coordinating abscission with delamination from the apical membrane; timing of neurogenesis and its indirect regulation through emergence of intermediate progenitors; and capacity of single NSCs to generate the correct number and laminar fate of cortical neurons. Defects in these mechanisms can cause microcephaly and other brain malformations, and understanding them is critical to designing diagnostic tools and preventive and corrective therapies.
AU - Dwyer, Noelle
AU - Chen, Bin
AU - Chou, Shen
AU - Hippenmeyer, Simon
AU - Nguyen, Laurent
AU - Ghashghaei, Troy
ID - 1181
IS - 45
JF - Journal of Neuroscience
TI - Neural stem cells to cerebral cortex: Emerging mechanisms regulating progenitor behavior and productivity
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Balanced knockout tournaments are ubiquitous in sports competitions and are also used in decisionmaking and elections. The traditional computational question, that asks to compute a draw (optimal draw) that maximizes the winning probability for a distinguished player, has received a lot of attention. Previous works consider the problem where the pairwise winning probabilities are known precisely, while we study how robust is the winning probability with respect to small errors in the pairwise winning probabilities. First, we present several illuminating examples to establish: (a) there exist deterministic tournaments (where the pairwise winning probabilities are 0 or 1) where one optimal draw is much more robust than the other; and (b) in general, there exist tournaments with slightly suboptimal draws that are more robust than all the optimal draws. The above examples motivate the study of the computational problem of robust draws that guarantee a specified winning probability. Second, we present a polynomial-time algorithm for approximating the robustness of a draw for sufficiently small errors in pairwise winning probabilities, and obtain that the stated computational problem is NP-complete. We also show that two natural cases of deterministic tournaments where the optimal draw could be computed in polynomial time also admit polynomial-time algorithms to compute robust optimal draws.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Tkadlec, Josef
ID - 1182
TI - Robust draws in balanced knockout tournaments
VL - 2016-January
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Across multicellular organisms, the costs of reproduction and self-maintenance result in a life history trade-off between fecundity and longevity. Queens of perennial social Hymenoptera are both highly fertile and long-lived, and thus, this fundamental trade-off is lacking. Whether social insect males similarly evade the fecundity/longevity trade-off remains largely unstudied. Wingless males of the ant genus Cardiocondyla stay in their natal colonies throughout their relatively long lives and mate with multiple female sexuals. Here, we show that Cardiocondyla obscurior males that were allowed to mate with large numbers of female sexuals had a shortened life span compared to males that mated at a low frequency or virgin males. Although frequent mating negatively affects longevity, males clearly benefit from a “live fast, die young strategy” by inseminating as many female sexuals as possible at a cost to their own survival.
AU - Metzler, Sina
AU - Heinze, Jürgen
AU - Schrempf, Alexandra
ID - 1184
IS - 24
JF - Ecology and Evolution
TI - Mating and longevity in ant males
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The developmental programme of the pistil is under the control of both auxin and cytokinin. Crosstalk between these factors converges on regulation of the auxin carrier PIN-FORMED 1 (PIN1). Here, we show that in the triple transcription factor mutant cytokinin response factor 2 (crf2) crf3 crf6 both pistil length and ovule number were reduced. PIN1 expression was also lower in the triple mutant and the phenotypes could not be rescued by exogenous cytokinin application. pin1 complementation studies using genomic PIN1 constructs showed that the pistil phenotypes were only rescued when the PCRE1 domain, to which CRFs bind, was present. Without this domain, pin mutants resemble the crf2 crf3 crf6 triple mutant, indicating the pivotal role of CRFs in auxin-cytokinin crosstalk.
AU - Cucinotta, Mara
AU - Manrique, Silvia
AU - Guazzotti, Andrea
AU - Quadrelli, Nadia
AU - Mendes, Marta
AU - Benková, Eva
AU - Colombo, Lucia
ID - 1185
IS - 23
JF - Development
TI - Cytokinin response factors integrate auxin and cytokinin pathways for female reproductive organ development
VL - 143
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae is decorated with a special class of surface-proteins known as choline-binding proteins (CBPs) attached to phosphorylcholine (PCho) moieties from cell-wall teichoic acids. By a combination of X-ray crystallography, NMR, molecular dynamics techniques and in vivo virulence and phagocytosis studies, we provide structural information of choline-binding protein L (CbpL) and demonstrate its impact on pneumococcal pathogenesis and immune evasion. CbpL is a very elongated three-module protein composed of (i) an Excalibur Ca 2+ -binding domain -reported in this work for the very first time-, (ii) an unprecedented anchorage module showing alternate disposition of canonical and non-canonical choline-binding sites that allows vine-like binding of fully-PCho-substituted teichoic acids (with two choline moieties per unit), and (iii) a Ltp-Lipoprotein domain. Our structural and infection assays indicate an important role of the whole multimodular protein allowing both to locate CbpL at specific places on the cell wall and to interact with host components in order to facilitate pneumococcal lung infection and transmigration from nasopharynx to the lungs and blood. CbpL implication in both resistance against killing by phagocytes and pneumococcal pathogenesis further postulate this surface-protein as relevant among the pathogenic arsenal of the pneumococcus.
AU - Gutierrez-Fernandez, Javier
AU - Saleh, Malek
AU - Alcorlo, Martín
AU - Gómez Mejóa, Alejandro
AU - Pantoja Uceda, David
AU - Treviño, Miguel
AU - Vob, Franziska
AU - Abdullah, Mohammed
AU - Galán Bartual, Sergio
AU - Seinen, Jolien
AU - Sánchez Murcia, Pedro
AU - Gago, Federico
AU - Bruix, Marta
AU - Hammerschmidt, Sven
AU - Hermoso, Juan
ID - 1186
JF - Scientific Reports
TI - Modular architecture and unique teichoic acid recognition features of choline-binding protein L CbpL contributing to pneumococcal pathogenesis
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider a population dynamics model coupling cell growth to a diffusion in the space of metabolic phenotypes as it can be obtained from realistic constraints-based modelling.
In the asymptotic regime of slow
diffusion, that coincides with the relevant experimental range, the resulting
non-linear Fokker–Planck equation is solved for the steady state in the WKB
approximation that maps it into the ground state of a quantum particle in an
Airy potential plus a centrifugal term. We retrieve scaling laws for growth rate
fluctuations and time response with respect to the distance from the maximum
growth rate suggesting that suboptimal populations can have a faster response
to perturbations.
AU - De Martino, Daniele
AU - Masoero, Davide
ID - 1188
IS - 12
JF - Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
TI - Asymptotic analysis of noisy fitness maximization, applied to metabolism & growth
VL - 2016
ER -
TY - THES
AB - Within the scope of this thesis, we show that a driven-dissipative system with
few ultracold atoms can exhibit dissipatively bound states, even if the atom-atom
interaction is purely repulsive. This bond arises due to the dipole-dipole inter-
action, which is restricted to one of the lower electronic energy states, resulting
in the distance-dependent coherent population trapping. The quality of this al-
ready established method of dissipative binding is improved and the application
is extended to higher dimensions and a larger number of atoms. Here, we simu-
late two- and three-atom systems using an adapted approach to the Monte Carlo
wave-function method and analyse the results. Finally, we examine the possi-
bility of finding a setting allowing trimer states but prohibiting dimer states.
In the context of open quantum systems, such a three-body bound states corre-
sponds to the driven-dissipative analogue of a Borromean state. These states can
be detected in modern experiments with dipolar and Rydberg-dressed ultracold
atomic gases.
AU - Jochum, Clemens
ID - 1189
TI - Dissipative Few-Body Quantum Systems
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider the recent formulation of the Algorithmic Lovász Local Lemma [1], [2] for finding objects that avoid "bad features", or "flaws". It extends the Moser-Tardos resampling algorithm [3] to more general discrete spaces. At each step the method picks a flaw present in the current state and "resamples" it using a "resampling oracle" provided by the user. However, it is less flexible than the Moser-Tardos method since [1], [2] require a specific flaw selection rule, whereas [3] allows an arbitrary rule (and thus can potentially be implemented more efficiently). We formulate a new "commutativity" condition, and prove that it is sufficient for an arbitrary rule to work. It also enables an efficient parallelization under an additional assumption. We then show that existing resampling oracles for perfect matchings and permutations do satisfy this condition. Finally, we generalize the precondition in [2] (in the case of symmetric potential causality graphs). This unifies special cases that previously were treated separately.
AU - Kolmogorov, Vladimir
ID - 1193
T2 - Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
TI - Commutativity in the algorithmic Lovasz local lemma
VL - 2016-December
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The genetic analysis of experimentally evolving populations typically relies on short reads from pooled individuals (Pool-Seq). While this method provides reliable allele frequency estimates, the underlying haplotype structure remains poorly characterized. With small population sizes and adaptive variants that start from low frequencies, the interpretation of selection signatures in most Evolve and Resequencing studies remains challenging. To facilitate the characterization of selection targets, we propose a new approach that reconstructs selected haplotypes from replicated time series, using Pool-Seq data. We identify selected haplotypes through the correlated frequencies of alleles carried by them. Computer simulations indicate that selected haplotype-blocks of several Mb can be reconstructed with high confidence and low error rates, even when allele frequencies change only by 20% across three replicates. Applying this method to real data from D. melanogaster populations adapting to a hot environment, we identify a selected haplotype-block of 6.93 Mb. We confirm the presence of this haplotype-block in evolved populations by experimental haplotyping, demonstrating the power and accuracy of our haplotype reconstruction from Pool-Seq data. We propose that the combination of allele frequency estimates with haplotype information will provide the key to understanding the dynamics of adaptive alleles.
AU - Franssen, Susan
AU - Barton, Nicholas H
AU - Schlötterer, Christian
ID - 1195
IS - 1
JF - Molecular Biology and Evolution
TI - Reconstruction of haplotype-blocks selected during experimental evolution.
VL - 34
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Hilbe, Christian
AU - Traulsen, Arne
ID - 1200
JF - Physics of Life Reviews
TI - Only the combination of mathematics and agent based simulations can leverage the full potential of evolutionary modeling: Comment on “Evolutionary game theory using agent-based methods” by C. Adami, J. Schossau and A. Hintze
VL - 19
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this issue of Cell, Skau et al. show that the formin FMN2 organizes a perinuclear actin cytoskeleton that protects the nucleus and its genomic content of migrating cells squeezing through small spaces.
AU - Renkawitz, Jörg
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 1201
IS - 6
JF - Cell
TI - Formin’ a nuclear protection
VL - 167
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Milutinovic, Barbara
AU - Peuß, Robert
AU - Ferro, Kevin
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
ID - 1202
IS - 4
JF - Zoology
TI - Immune priming in arthropods: an update focusing on the red flour beetle
VL - 119
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Haemophilus haemolyticus has been recently discovered to have the potential to cause invasive disease. It is closely related to nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NT H. influenzae). NT H. influenzae and H. haemolyticus are often misidentified because none of the existing tests targeting the known phenotypes of H. haemolyticus are able to specifically identify H. haemolyticus. Through comparative genomic analysis of H. haemolyticus and NT H. influenzae, we identified genes unique to H. haemolyticus that can be used as targets for the identification of H. haemolyticus. A real-time PCR targeting purT (encoding phosphoribosylglycinamide formyltransferase 2 in the purine synthesis pathway) was developed and evaluated. The lower limit of detection was 40 genomes/PCR; the sensitivity and specificity in detecting H. haemolyticus were 98.9% and 97%, respectively. To improve the discrimination of H. haemolyticus and NT H. influenzae, a testing scheme combining two targets (H. haemolyticus purT and H. influenzae hpd, encoding protein D lipoprotein) was also evaluated and showed 96.7% sensitivity and 98.2% specificity for the identification of H. haemolyticus and 92.8% sensitivity and 100% specificity for the identification of H. influenzae, respectively. The dual-target testing scheme can be used for the diagnosis and surveillance of infection and disease caused by H. haemolyticus and NT H. influenzae.
AU - Hu, Fang
AU - Rishishwar, Lavanya
AU - Sivadas, Ambily
AU - Mitchell, Gabriel
AU - King, Jordan
AU - Murphy, Timothy
AU - Gilsdorf, Janet
AU - Mayer, Leonard
AU - Wang, Xin
ID - 1203
IS - 12
JF - Journal of Clinical Microbiology
TI - Comparative genomic analysis of Haemophilus haemolyticus and nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae and a new testing scheme for their discrimination
VL - 54
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In science, as in life, "surprises" can be adequately appreciated only in the presence of a null model, what we expect a priori. In physics, theories sometimes express the values of dimensionless physical constants as combinations of mathematical constants like π or e. The inverse problem also arises, whereby the measured value of a physical constant admits a "surprisingly" simple approximation in terms of well-known mathematical constants. Can we estimate the probability for this to be a mere coincidence, rather than an inkling of some theory? We answer the question in the most naive form.
AU - Amir, Ariel
AU - Lemeshko, Mikhail
AU - Tokieda, Tadashi
ID - 1204
IS - 6
JF - American Mathematical Monthly
TI - Surprises in numerical expressions of physical constants
VL - 123
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In this paper, we present a formal model-driven engineering approach to establishing a safety-assured implementation of Multifunction vehicle bus controller (MVBC) based on the generic reference models and requirements described in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard IEC-61375. First, the generic models described in IEC-61375 are translated into a network of timed automata, and some safety requirements tested in IEC-61375 are formalized as timed computation tree logic (TCTL) formulas. With the help of Uppaal, we check and debug whether the timed automata satisfy the formulas or not. Within this step, several logic inconsistencies in the original standard are detected and corrected. Then, we apply the tool Times to generate C code from the verified model, which was later synthesized into a real MVBC chip. Finally, the runtime verification tool RMOR is applied to verify some safety requirements at the implementation level. We set up a real platform with worldwide mostly used MVBC D113, and verify the correctness and the scalability of the synthesized MVBC chip more comprehensively. The errors in the standard has been confirmed and the resulted MVBC has been deployed in real train communication network.
AU - Jiang, Yu
AU - Liu, Han
AU - Song, Houbing
AU - Kong, Hui
AU - Gu, Ming
AU - Sun, Jiaguang
AU - Sha, Lui
ID - 1205
TI - Safety assured formal model driven design of the multifunction vehicle bus controller
VL - 9995
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study a polar molecule immersed in a superfluid environment, such as a helium nanodroplet or a Bose–Einstein condensate, in the presence of a strong electrostatic field. We show that coupling of the molecular pendular motion, induced by the field, to the fluctuating bath leads to formation of pendulons—spherical harmonic librators dressed by a field of many-particle excitations. We study the behavior of the pendulon in a broad range of molecule–bath and molecule–field interaction strengths, and reveal that its spectrum features a series of instabilities which are absent in the field-free case of the angulon quasiparticle. Furthermore, we show that an external field allows to fine-tune the positions of these instabilities in the molecular rotational spectrum. This opens the door to detailed experimental studies of redistribution of orbital angular momentum in many-particle systems. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
AU - Redchenko, Elena
AU - Lemeshko, Mikhail
ID - 1206
IS - 22
JF - ChemPhysChem
TI - Libration of strongly oriented polar molecules inside a superfluid
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) is the largest (∼1 MDa) and the least characterized complex of the mitochondrial electron transport chain. Because of the ease of sample availability, previous work has focused almost exclusively on bovine complex I. However, only medium resolution structural analyses of this complex have been reported. Working with other mammalian complex I homologues is a potential approach for overcoming these limitations. Due to the inherent difficulty of expressing large membrane protein complexes, screening of complex I homologues is limited to large mammals reared for human consumption. The high sequence identity among these available sources may preclude the benefits of screening. Here, we report the characterization of complex I purified from Ovis aries (ovine) heart mitochondria. All 44 unique subunits of the intact complex were identified by mass spectrometry. We identified differences in the subunit composition of subcomplexes of ovine complex I as compared with bovine, suggesting differential stability of inter-subunit interactions within the complex. Furthermore, the 42-kDa subunit, which is easily lost from the bovine enzyme, remains tightly bound to ovine complex I. Additionally, we developed a novel purification protocol for highly active and stable mitochondrial complex I using the branched-chain detergent lauryl maltose neopentyl glycol. Our data demonstrate that, although closely related, significant differences exist between the biochemical properties of complex I prepared from ovine and bovine mitochondria and that ovine complex I represents a suitable alternative target for further structural studies.
AU - Letts, James A
AU - Degliesposti, Gianluca
AU - Fiedorczuk, Karol
AU - Skehel, Mark
AU - Sazanov, Leonid A
ID - 1209
IS - 47
JF - Journal of Biological Chemistry
TI - Purification of ovine respiratory complex i results in a highly active and stable preparation
VL - 291
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Mechanisms for cell protection are essential for survival of multicellular organisms. In plants, the apical hook, which is transiently formed in darkness when the germinating seedling penetrates towards the soil surface, plays such protective role and shields the vitally important shoot apical meristem and cotyledons from damage. The apical hook is formed by bending of the upper hypocotyl soon after germination, and it is maintained in a closed stage while the hypocotyl continues to penetrate through the soil and rapidly opens when exposed to light in proximity of the soil surface. To uncover the complex molecular network orchestrating this spatiotemporally tightly coordinated process, monitoring of the apical hook development in real time is indispensable. Here we describe an imaging platform that enables high-resolution kinetic analysis of this dynamic developmental process. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017.
AU - Zhu, Qiang
AU - Žádníková, Petra
AU - Smet, Dajo
AU - Van Der Straeten, Dominique
AU - Benková, Eva
ID - 1210
T2 - Plant Hormones
TI - Real time analysis of the apical hook development
VL - 1497
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Plants adjust their growth according to gravity. Gravitropism involves gravity perception, signal transduction, and asymmetric growth response, with organ bending as a consequence [1]. Asymmetric growth results from the asymmetric distribution of the plant-specific signaling molecule auxin [2] that is generated by lateral transport, mediated in the hypocotyl predominantly by the auxin transporter PIN-FORMED3 (PIN3) [3–5]. Gravity stimulation polarizes PIN3 to the bottom sides of endodermal cells, correlating with increased auxin accumulation in adjacent tissues at the lower side of the stimulated organ, where auxin induces cell elongation and, hence, organ bending. A curvature response allows the hypocotyl to resume straight growth at a defined angle [6], implying that at some point auxin symmetry is restored to prevent overbending. Here, we present initial insights into cellular and molecular mechanisms that lead to the termination of the tropic response. We identified an auxin feedback on PIN3 polarization as underlying mechanism that restores symmetry of the PIN3-dependent auxin flow. Thus, two mechanistically distinct PIN3 polarization events redirect auxin fluxes at different time points of the gravity response: first, gravity-mediated redirection of PIN3-mediated auxin flow toward the lower hypocotyl side, where auxin gradually accumulates and promotes growth, and later PIN3 polarization to the opposite cell side, depleting this auxin maximum to end the bending. Accordingly, genetic or pharmacological interference with the late PIN3 polarization prevents termination of the response and leads to hypocotyl overbending. This observation reveals a role of auxin feedback on PIN polarity in the termination of the tropic response. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd
AU - Rakusová, Hana
AU - Abbas, Mohamad
AU - Han, Huibin
AU - Song, Siyuan
AU - Robert, Hélène
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 1212
IS - 22
JF - Current Biology
TI - Termination of shoot gravitropic responses by auxin feedback on PIN3 polarity
VL - 26
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - With the accelerated development of robot technologies, optimal control becomes one of the central themes of research. In traditional approaches, the controller, by its internal functionality, finds appropriate actions on the basis of the history of sensor values, guided by the goals, intentions, objectives, learning schemes, and so forth. While very successful with classical robots, these methods run into severe difficulties when applied to soft robots, a new field of robotics with large interest for human-robot interaction. We claim that a novel controller paradigm opens new perspective for this field. This paper applies a recently developed neuro controller with differential extrinsic synaptic plasticity to a muscle-tendon driven arm-shoulder system from the Myorobotics toolkit. In the experiments, we observe a vast variety of self-organized behavior patterns: when left alone, the arm realizes pseudo-random sequences of different poses. By applying physical forces, the system can be entrained into definite motion patterns like wiping a table. Most interestingly, after attaching an object, the controller gets in a functional resonance with the object's internal dynamics, starting to shake spontaneously bottles half-filled with water or sensitively driving an attached pendulum into a circular mode. When attached to the crank of a wheel the neural system independently develops to rotate it. In this way, the robot discovers affordances of objects its body is interacting with.
AU - Martius, Georg S
AU - Hostettler, Raphael
AU - Knoll, Alois
AU - Der, Ralf
ID - 1214
TI - Compliant control for soft robots: Emergent behavior of a tendon driven anthropomorphic arm
VL - 2016-November
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A framework fo r extracting features in 2D transient flows, based on the acceleration field to ensure Galilean invariance is proposed in this paper. The minima of the acceleration magnitude (a superset of acceleration zeros) are extracted and discriminated into vortices and saddle points, based on the spectral properties of the velocity Jacobian. The extraction of topological features is performed with purely combinatorial algorithms from discrete computational topology. The feature points are prioritized with persistence, as a physically meaningful importance measure. These feature points are tracked in time with a robust algorithm for tracking features. Thus, a space-time hierarchy of the minima is built and vortex merging events are detected. We apply the acceleration feature extraction strategy to three two-dimensional shear flows: (1) an incompressible periodic cylinder wake, (2) an incompressible planar mixing layer and (3) a weakly compressible planar jet. The vortex-like acceleration feature points are shown to be well aligned with acceleration zeros, maxima of the vorticity magnitude, minima of the pressure field and minima of λ2.
AU - Kasten, Jens
AU - Reininghaus, Jan
AU - Hotz, Ingrid
AU - Hege, Hans
AU - Noack, Bernd
AU - Daviller, Guillaume
AU - Morzyński, Marek
ID - 1216
IS - 1
JF - Archives of Mechanics
TI - Acceleration feature points of unsteady shear flows
VL - 68
ER -