@article{1666,
abstract = {Evolution of gene regulation is crucial for our understanding of the phenotypic differences between species, populations and individuals. Sequence-specific binding of transcription factors to the regulatory regions on the DNA is a key regulatory mechanism that determines gene expression and hence heritable phenotypic variation. We use a biophysical model for directional selection on gene expression to estimate the rates of gain and loss of transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) in finite populations under both point and insertion/deletion mutations. Our results show that these rates are typically slow for a single TFBS in an isolated DNA region, unless the selection is extremely strong. These rates decrease drastically with increasing TFBS length or increasingly specific protein-DNA interactions, making the evolution of sites longer than ∼ 10 bp unlikely on typical eukaryotic speciation timescales. Similarly, evolution converges to the stationary distribution of binding sequences very slowly, making the equilibrium assumption questionable. The availability of longer regulatory sequences in which multiple binding sites can evolve simultaneously, the presence of “pre-sites” or partially decayed old sites in the initial sequence, and biophysical cooperativity between transcription factors, can all facilitate gain of TFBS and reconcile theoretical calculations with timescales inferred from comparative genomics.},
author = {Tugrul, Murat and Paixao, Tiago and Barton, Nicholas H and Tkacik, Gasper},
journal = {PLoS Genetics},
number = {11},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Dynamics of transcription factor binding site evolution}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pgen.1005639},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{9712,
author = {Tugrul, Murat and Paixao, Tiago and Barton, Nicholas H and Tkačik, Gašper},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Other fitness models for comparison & for interacting TFBSs}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pgen.1005639.s001},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{9718,
author = {Friedlander, Tamar and Mayo, Avraham E. and Tlusty, Tsvi and Alon, Uri},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Supporting information text}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004055.s001},
year = {2015},
}
@article{1827,
abstract = {Bow-tie or hourglass structure is a common architectural feature found in many biological systems. A bow-tie in a multi-layered structure occurs when intermediate layers have much fewer components than the input and output layers. Examples include metabolism where a handful of building blocks mediate between multiple input nutrients and multiple output biomass components, and signaling networks where information from numerous receptor types passes through a small set of signaling pathways to regulate multiple output genes. Little is known, however, about how bow-tie architectures evolve. Here, we address the evolution of bow-tie architectures using simulations of multi-layered systems evolving to fulfill a given input-output goal. We find that bow-ties spontaneously evolve when the information in the evolutionary goal can be compressed. Mathematically speaking, bow-ties evolve when the rank of the input-output matrix describing the evolutionary goal is deficient. The maximal compression possible (the rank of the goal) determines the size of the narrowest part of the network—that is the bow-tie. A further requirement is that a process is active to reduce the number of links in the network, such as product-rule mutations, otherwise a non-bow-tie solution is found in the evolutionary simulations. This offers a mechanism to understand a common architectural principle of biological systems, and a way to quantitate the effective rank of the goals under which they evolved.},
author = {Friedlander, Tamar and Mayo, Avraham and Tlusty, Tsvi and Alon, Uri},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {3},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Evolution of bow-tie architectures in biology}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004055},
volume = {11},
year = {2015},
}
@misc{9773,
author = {Friedlander, Tamar and Mayo, Avraham E. and Tlusty, Tsvi and Alon, Uri},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Evolutionary simulation code}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004055.s002},
year = {2015},
}
@inproceedings{1708,
abstract = {It has been long argued that, because of inherent ambiguity and noise, the brain needs to represent uncertainty in the form of probability distributions. The neural encoding of such distributions remains however highly controversial. Here we present a novel circuit model for representing multidimensional real-valued distributions using a spike based spatio-temporal code. Our model combines the computational advantages of the currently competing models for probabilistic codes and exhibits realistic neural responses along a variety of classic measures. Furthermore, the model highlights the challenges associated with interpreting neural activity in relation to behavioral uncertainty and points to alternative population-level approaches for the experimental validation of distributed representations.},
author = {Savin, Cristina and Denève, Sophie},
location = {Montreal, Canada},
number = {January},
pages = {2024 -- 2032},
publisher = {Neural Information Processing Systems},
title = {{Spatio-temporal representations of uncertainty in spiking neural networks}},
volume = {3},
year = {2014},
}
@article{1886,
abstract = {Information processing in the sensory periphery is shaped by natural stimulus statistics. In the periphery, a transmission bottleneck constrains performance; thus efficient coding implies that natural signal components with a predictably wider range should be compressed. In a different regime—when sampling limitations constrain performance—efficient coding implies that more resources should be allocated to informative features that are more variable. We propose that this regime is relevant for sensory cortex when it extracts complex features from limited numbers of sensory samples. To test this prediction, we use central visual processing as a model: we show that visual sensitivity for local multi-point spatial correlations, described by dozens of independently-measured parameters, can be quantitatively predicted from the structure of natural images. This suggests that efficient coding applies centrally, where it extends to higher-order sensory features and operates in a regime in which sensitivity increases with feature variability.},
author = {Hermundstad, Ann and Briguglio, John and Conte, Mary and Victor, Jonathan and Balasubramanian, Vijay and Tkacik, Gasper},
journal = {eLife},
number = {November},
publisher = {eLife Sciences Publications},
title = {{Variance predicts salience in central sensory processing}},
doi = {10.7554/eLife.03722},
year = {2014},
}
@article{1896,
abstract = {Biopolymer length regulation is a complex process that involves a large number of biological, chemical, and physical subprocesses acting simultaneously across multiple spatial and temporal scales. An illustrative example important for genomic stability is the length regulation of telomeres - nucleoprotein structures at the ends of linear chromosomes consisting of tandemly repeated DNA sequences and a specialized set of proteins. Maintenance of telomeres is often facilitated by the enzyme telomerase but, particularly in telomerase-free systems, the maintenance of chromosomal termini depends on alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) mechanisms mediated by recombination. Various linear and circular DNA structures were identified to participate in ALT, however, dynamics of the whole process is still poorly understood. We propose a chemical kinetics model of ALT with kinetic rates systematically derived from the biophysics of DNA diffusion and looping. The reaction system is reduced to a coagulation-fragmentation system by quasi-steady-state approximation. The detailed treatment of kinetic rates yields explicit formulas for expected size distributions of telomeres that demonstrate the key role played by the J factor, a quantitative measure of bending of polymers. The results are in agreement with experimental data and point out interesting phenomena: an appearance of very long telomeric circles if the total telomere density exceeds a critical value (excess mass) and a nonlinear response of the telomere size distributions to the amount of telomeric DNA in the system. The results can be of general importance for understanding dynamics of telomeres in telomerase-independent systems as this mode of telomere maintenance is similar to the situation in tumor cells lacking telomerase activity. Furthermore, due to its universality, the model may also serve as a prototype of an interaction between linear and circular DNA structures in various settings.},
author = {Kollár, Richard and Bod'ová, Katarína and Nosek, Jozef and Tomáška, Ľubomír},
journal = {Physical Review E Statistical Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics},
number = {3},
publisher = {American Institute of Physics},
title = {{Mathematical model of alternative mechanism of telomere length maintenance}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevE.89.032701},
volume = {89},
year = {2014},
}
@article{1909,
abstract = {Summary: Phenotypes are often environmentally dependent, which requires organisms to track environmental change. The challenge for organisms is to construct phenotypes using the most accurate environmental cue. Here, we use a quantitative genetic model of adaptation by additive genetic variance, within- and transgenerational plasticity via linear reaction norms and indirect genetic effects respectively. We show how the relative influence on the eventual phenotype of these components depends on the predictability of environmental change (fast or slow, sinusoidal or stochastic) and the developmental lag τ between when the environment is perceived and when selection acts. We then decompose expected mean fitness into three components (variance load, adaptation and fluctuation load) to study the fitness costs of within- and transgenerational plasticity. A strongly negative maternal effect coefficient m minimizes the variance load, but a strongly positive m minimises the fluctuation load. The adaptation term is maximized closer to zero, with positive or negative m preferred under different environmental scenarios. Phenotypic plasticity is higher when τ is shorter and when the environment changes frequently between seasonal extremes. Expected mean population fitness is highest away from highest observed levels of phenotypic plasticity. Within- and transgenerational plasticity act in concert to deliver well-adapted phenotypes, which emphasizes the need to study both simultaneously when investigating phenotypic evolution.},
author = {Ezard, Thomas and Prizak, Roshan and Hoyle, Rebecca},
journal = {Functional Ecology},
number = {3},
pages = {693 -- 701},
publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell},
title = {{The fitness costs of adaptation via phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects}},
doi = {10.1111/1365-2435.12207},
volume = {28},
year = {2014},
}
@article{1928,
abstract = {In infectious disease epidemiology the basic reproductive ratio, R0, is defined as the average number of new infections caused by a single infected individual in a fully susceptible population. Many models describing competition for hosts between non-interacting pathogen strains in an infinite population lead to the conclusion that selection favors invasion of new strains if and only if they have higher R0 values than the resident. Here we demonstrate that this picture fails in finite populations. Using a simple stochastic SIS model, we show that in general there is no analogous optimization principle. We find that successive invasions may in some cases lead to strains that infect a smaller fraction of the host population, and that mutually invasible pathogen strains exist. In the limit of weak selection we demonstrate that an optimization principle does exist, although it differs from R0 maximization. For strains with very large R0, we derive an expression for this local fitness function and use it to establish a lower bound for the error caused by neglecting stochastic effects. Furthermore, we apply this weak selection limit to investigate the selection dynamics in the presence of a trade-off between the virulence and the transmission rate of a pathogen.},
author = {Humplik, Jan and Hill, Alison and Nowak, Martin},
journal = {Journal of Theoretical Biology},
pages = {149 -- 162},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases in finite populations}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.06.039},
volume = {360},
year = {2014},
}
@article{1931,
abstract = {A wealth of experimental evidence suggests that working memory circuits preferentially represent information that is behaviorally relevant. Still, we are missing a mechanistic account of how these representations come about. Here we provide a simple explanation for a range of experimental findings, in light of prefrontal circuits adapting to task constraints by reward-dependent learning. In particular, we model a neural network shaped by reward-modulated spike-timing dependent plasticity (r-STDP) and homeostatic plasticity (intrinsic excitability and synaptic scaling). We show that the experimentally-observed neural representations naturally emerge in an initially unstructured circuit as it learns to solve several working memory tasks. These results point to a critical, and previously unappreciated, role for reward-dependent learning in shaping prefrontal cortex activity.},
author = {Savin, Cristina and Triesch, Jochen},
journal = {Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience},
number = {MAY},
publisher = {Frontiers Research Foundation},
title = {{Emergence of task-dependent representations in working memory circuits}},
doi = {10.3389/fncom.2014.00057},
volume = {8},
year = {2014},
}
@article{2231,
abstract = {Based on the measurements of noise in gene expression performed during the past decade, it has become customary to think of gene regulation in terms of a two-state model, where the promoter of a gene can stochastically switch between an ON and an OFF state. As experiments are becoming increasingly precise and the deviations from the two-state model start to be observable, we ask about the experimental signatures of complex multistate promoters, as well as the functional consequences of this additional complexity. In detail, we i), extend the calculations for noise in gene expression to promoters described by state transition diagrams with multiple states, ii), systematically compute the experimentally accessible noise characteristics for these complex promoters, and iii), use information theory to evaluate the channel capacities of complex promoter architectures and compare them with the baseline provided by the two-state model. We find that adding internal states to the promoter generically decreases channel capacity, except in certain cases, three of which (cooperativity, dual-role regulation, promoter cycling) we analyze in detail.},
author = {Rieckh, Georg and Tkacik, Gasper},
issn = {00063495},
journal = {Biophysical Journal},
number = {5},
pages = {1194 -- 1204},
publisher = {Biophysical Society},
title = {{Noise and information transmission in promoters with multiple internal states}},
doi = {10.1016/j.bpj.2014.01.014},
volume = {106},
year = {2014},
}
@article{2257,
abstract = {Maximum entropy models are the least structured probability distributions that exactly reproduce a chosen set of statistics measured in an interacting network. Here we use this principle to construct probabilistic models which describe the correlated spiking activity of populations of up to 120 neurons in the salamander retina as it responds to natural movies. Already in groups as small as 10 neurons, interactions between spikes can no longer be regarded as small perturbations in an otherwise independent system; for 40 or more neurons pairwise interactions need to be supplemented by a global interaction that controls the distribution of synchrony in the population. Here we show that such “K-pairwise” models—being systematic extensions of the previously used pairwise Ising models—provide an excellent account of the data. We explore the properties of the neural vocabulary by: 1) estimating its entropy, which constrains the population's capacity to represent visual information; 2) classifying activity patterns into a small set of metastable collective modes; 3) showing that the neural codeword ensembles are extremely inhomogenous; 4) demonstrating that the state of individual neurons is highly predictable from the rest of the population, allowing the capacity for error correction.},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Marre, Olivier and Amodei, Dario and Schneidman, Elad and Bialek, William and Berry, Michael},
issn = {1553734X},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {1},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Searching for collective behavior in a large network of sensory neurons}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003408},
volume = {10},
year = {2014},
}
@article{537,
abstract = {Transgenerational effects are broader than only parental relationships. Despite mounting evidence that multigenerational effects alter phenotypic and life-history traits, our understanding of how they combine to determine fitness is not well developed because of the added complexity necessary to study them. Here, we derive a quantitative genetic model of adaptation to an extraordinary new environment by an additive genetic component, phenotypic plasticity, maternal and grandmaternal effects. We show how, at equilibrium, negative maternal and negative grandmaternal effects maximize expected population mean fitness. We define negative transgenerational effects as those that have a negative effect on trait expression in the subsequent generation, that is, they slow, or potentially reverse, the expected evolutionary dynamic. When maternal effects are positive, negative grandmaternal effects are preferred. As expected under Mendelian inheritance, the grandmaternal effects have a lower impact on fitness than the maternal effects, but this dual inheritance model predicts a more complex relationship between maternal and grandmaternal effects to constrain phenotypic variance and so maximize expected population mean fitness in the offspring.},
author = {Prizak, Roshan and Ezard, Thomas and Hoyle, Rebecca},
journal = {Ecology and Evolution},
number = {15},
pages = {3139 -- 3145},
publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell},
title = {{Fitness consequences of maternal and grandmaternal effects}},
doi = {10.1002/ece3.1150},
volume = {4},
year = {2014},
}
@article{3263,
abstract = {Adaptation in the retina is thought to optimize the encoding of natural light signals into sequences of spikes sent to the brain. While adaptive changes in retinal processing to the variations of the mean luminance level and second-order stimulus statistics have been documented before, no such measurements have been performed when higher-order moments of the light distribution change. We therefore measured the ganglion cell responses in the tiger salamander retina to controlled changes in the second (contrast), third (skew) and fourth (kurtosis) moments of the light intensity distribution of spatially uniform temporally independent stimuli. The skew and kurtosis of the stimuli were chosen to cover the range observed in natural scenes. We quantified adaptation in ganglion cells by studying linear-nonlinear models that capture well the retinal encoding properties across all stimuli. We found that the encoding properties of retinal ganglion cells change only marginally when higher-order statistics change, compared to the changes observed in response to the variation in contrast. By analyzing optimal coding in LN-type models, we showed that neurons can maintain a high information rate without large dynamic adaptation to changes in skew or kurtosis. This is because, for uncorrelated stimuli, spatio-temporal summation within the receptive field averages away non-gaussian aspects of the light intensity distribution.},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Ghosh, Anandamohan and Schneidman, Elad and Segev, Ronen},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {1},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Adaptation to changes in higher-order stimulus statistics in the salamander retina}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0085841},
volume = {9},
year = {2014},
}
@misc{9752,
abstract = {Redundancies and correlations in the responses of sensory neurons may seem to waste neural resources, but they can also carry cues about structured stimuli and may help the brain to correct for response errors. To investigate the effect of stimulus structure on redundancy in retina, we measured simultaneous responses from populations of retinal ganglion cells presented with natural and artificial stimuli that varied greatly in correlation structure; these stimuli and recordings are publicly available online. Responding to spatio-temporally structured stimuli such as natural movies, pairs of ganglion cells were modestly more correlated than in response to white noise checkerboards, but they were much less correlated than predicted by a non-adapting functional model of retinal response. Meanwhile, responding to stimuli with purely spatial correlations, pairs of ganglion cells showed increased correlations consistent with a static, non-adapting receptive field and nonlinearity. We found that in response to spatio-temporally correlated stimuli, ganglion cells had faster temporal kernels and tended to have stronger surrounds. These properties of individual cells, along with gain changes that opposed changes in effective contrast at the ganglion cell input, largely explained the pattern of pairwise correlations across stimuli where receptive field measurements were possible.},
author = {Simmons, Kristina and Prentice, Jason and Tkačik, Gašper and Homann, Jan and Yee, Heather and Palmer, Stephanie and Nelson, Philip and Balasubramanian, Vijay},
publisher = {Dryad},
title = {{Data from: Transformation of stimulus correlations by the retina}},
doi = {10.5061/dryad.246qg},
year = {2014},
}
@inbook{2413,
abstract = {Progress in understanding the global brain dynamics has remained slow to date in large part because of the highly multiscale nature of brain activity. Indeed, normal brain dynamics is characterized by complex interactions between multiple levels: from the microscopic scale of single neurons to the mesoscopic level of local groups of neurons, and finally to the macroscopic level of the whole brain. Among the most difficult tasks are those of identifying which scales are significant for a given particular function and describing how the scales affect each other. It is important to realize that the scales of time and space are linked together, or even intertwined, and that causal inference is far more ambiguous between than within levels. We approach this problem from the perspective of our recent work on simultaneous recording from micro- and macroelectrodes in the human brain. We propose a physiological description of these multilevel interactions, based on phase–amplitude coupling of neuronal oscillations that operate at multiple frequencies and on different spatial scales. Specifically, the amplitude of the oscillations on a particular spatial scale is modulated by phasic variations in neuronal excitability induced by lower frequency oscillations that emerge on a larger spatial scale. Following this general principle, it is possible to scale up or scale down the multiscale brain dynamics. It is expected that large-scale network oscillations in the low-frequency range, mediating downward effects, may play an important role in attention and consciousness.},
author = {Valderrama, Mario and Botella Soler, Vicente and Le Van Quyen, Michel},
booktitle = {Multiscale Analysis and Nonlinear Dynamics: From Genes to the Brain},
editor = {Meyer, Misha and Pesenson, Z.},
isbn = {9783527411986 },
publisher = {Wiley-VCH},
title = {{Neuronal oscillations scale up and scale down the brain dynamics }},
doi = {10.1002/9783527671632.ch08},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2818,
abstract = {Models of neural responses to stimuli with complex spatiotemporal correlation structure often assume that neurons are selective for only a small number of linear projections of a potentially high-dimensional input. In this review, we explore recent modeling approaches where the neural response depends on the quadratic form of the input rather than on its linear projection, that is, the neuron is sensitive to the local covariance structure of the signal preceding the spike. To infer this quadratic dependence in the presence of arbitrary (e.g., naturalistic) stimulus distribution, we review several inference methods, focusing in particular on two information theory–based approaches (maximization of stimulus energy and of noise entropy) and two likelihood-based approaches (Bayesian spike-triggered covariance and extensions of generalized linear models). We analyze the formal relationship between the likelihood-based and information-based approaches to demonstrate how they lead to consistent inference. We demonstrate the practical feasibility of these procedures by using model neurons responding to a flickering variance stimulus.},
author = {Rajan, Kanaka and Marre, Olivier and Tkacik, Gasper},
journal = {Neural Computation},
number = {7},
pages = {1661 -- 1692},
publisher = {MIT Press },
title = {{Learning quadratic receptive fields from neural responses to natural stimuli}},
doi = {10.1162/NECO_a_00463},
volume = {25},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2850,
abstract = {Recent work emphasizes that the maximum entropy principle provides a bridge between statistical mechanics models for collective behavior in neural networks and experiments on networks of real neurons. Most of this work has focused on capturing the measured correlations among pairs of neurons. Here we suggest an alternative, constructing models that are consistent with the distribution of global network activity, i.e. the probability that K out of N cells in the network generate action potentials in the same small time bin. The inverse problem that we need to solve in constructing the model is analytically tractable, and provides a natural 'thermodynamics' for the network in the limit of large N. We analyze the responses of neurons in a small patch of the retina to naturalistic stimuli, and find that the implied thermodynamics is very close to an unusual critical point, in which the entropy (in proper units) is exactly equal to the energy. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd and SISSA Medialab srl.
},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Marre, Olivier and Mora, Thierry and Amodei, Dario and Berry, Michael and Bialek, William},
journal = {Journal of Statistical Mechanics Theory and Experiment},
number = {3},
publisher = {IOP Publishing Ltd.},
title = {{The simplest maximum entropy model for collective behavior in a neural network}},
doi = {10.1088/1742-5468/2013/03/P03011},
volume = {2013},
year = {2013},
}
@article{2851,
abstract = {The number of possible activity patterns in a population of neurons grows exponentially with the size of the population. Typical experiments explore only a tiny fraction of the large space of possible activity patterns in the case of populations with more than 10 or 20 neurons. It is thus impossible, in this undersampled regime, to estimate the probabilities with which most of the activity patterns occur. As a result, the corresponding entropy - which is a measure of the computational power of the neural population - cannot be estimated directly. We propose a simple scheme for estimating the entropy in the undersampled regime, which bounds its value from both below and above. The lower bound is the usual 'naive' entropy of the experimental frequencies. The upper bound results from a hybrid approximation of the entropy which makes use of the naive estimate, a maximum entropy fit, and a coverage adjustment. We apply our simple scheme to artificial data, in order to check their accuracy; we also compare its performance to those of several previously defined entropy estimators. We then apply it to actual measurements of neural activity in populations with up to 100 cells. Finally, we discuss the similarities and differences between the proposed simple estimation scheme and various earlier methods. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd and SISSA Medialab srl.},
author = {Berry, Michael and Tkacik, Gasper and Dubuis, Julien and Marre, Olivier and Da Silveira, Ravá},
journal = {Journal of Statistical Mechanics Theory and Experiment},
number = {3},
publisher = {IOP Publishing Ltd.},
title = {{A simple method for estimating the entropy of neural activity}},
doi = {10.1088/1742-5468/2013/03/P03015},
volume = {2013},
year = {2013},
}