TY - JOUR
AB - The ability of an organism to distinguish between various stimuli is limited by the structure and noise in the population code of its sensory neurons. Here we infer a distance measure on the stimulus space directly from the recorded activity of 100 neurons in the salamander retina. In contrast to previously used measures of stimulus similarity, this "neural metric" tells us how distinguishable a pair of stimulus clips is to the retina, based on the similarity between the induced distributions of population responses. We show that the retinal distance strongly deviates from Euclidean, or any static metric, yet has a simple structure: we identify the stimulus features that the neural population is jointly sensitive to, and show the support-vector-machine- like kernel function relating the stimulus and neural response spaces. We show that the non-Euclidean nature of the retinal distance has important consequences for neural decoding.
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
AU - Granot Atedgi, Einat
AU - Segev, Ronen
AU - Schneidman, Elad
ID - 2913
IS - 5
JF - Physical Review Letters
TI - Retinal metric: a stimulus distance measure derived from population neural responses
VL - 110
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TY - JOUR
AB - The scale invariance of natural images suggests an analogy to the statistical mechanics of physical systems at a critical point. Here we examine the distribution of pixels in small image patches and show how to construct the corresponding thermodynamics. We find evidence for criticality in a diverging specific heat, which corresponds to large fluctuations in how "surprising" we find individual images, and in the quantitative form of the entropy vs energy. We identify special image configurations as local energy minima and show that average patches within each basin are interpretable as lines and edges in all orientations.
AU - Stephens, Greg
AU - Mora, Thierry
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
AU - Bialek, William
ID - 2914
IS - 1
JF - Physical Review Letters
TI - Statistical thermodynamics of natural images
VL - 110
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TY - JOUR
AB - Oriented mitosis is essential during tissue morphogenesis. The Wnt/planar cell polarity (Wnt/PCP) pathway orients mitosis in a number of developmental systems, including dorsal epiblast cell divisions along the animal-vegetal (A-V) axis during zebrafish gastrulation. How Wnt signalling orients the mitotic plane is, however, unknown. Here we show that, in dorsal epiblast cells, anthrax toxin receptor 2a (Antxr2a) accumulates in a polarized cortical cap, which is aligned with the embryonic A-V axis and forecasts the division plane. Filamentous actin (F-actin) also forms an A-V polarized cap, which depends on Wnt/PCP and its effectors RhoA and Rock2. Antxr2a is recruited to the cap by interacting with actin. Antxr2a also interacts with RhoA and together they activate the diaphanous-related formin zDia2. Mechanistically, Antxr2a functions as a Wnt-dependent polarized determinant, which, through the action of RhoA and zDia2, exerts torque on the spindle to align it with the A-V axis.
AU - Castanon, Irinka
AU - Abrami, Laurence
AU - Holtzer, Laurent
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
AU - Van Der Goot, Françoise
AU - González Gaitán, Marcos
ID - 2918
IS - 1
JF - Nature Cell Biology
TI - Anthrax toxin receptor 2a controls mitotic spindle positioning
VL - 15
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The distribution of the phytohormone auxin regulates many aspects of plant development including growth response to gravity. Gravitropic root curvature involves coordinated and asymmetric cell elongation between the lower and upper side of the root, mediated by differential cellular auxin levels. The asymmetry in the auxin distribution is established and maintained by a spatio-temporal regulation of the PIN-FORMED (PIN) auxin transporter activity. We provide novel insights into the complex regulation of PIN abundance and activity during root gravitropism. We show that PIN2 turnover is differentially regulated on the upper and lower side of gravistimulated roots by distinct but partially overlapping auxin feedback mechanisms. In addition to regulating transcription and clathrin-mediated internalization, auxin also controls PIN abundance at the plasma membrane by promoting their vacuolar targeting and degradation. This effect of elevated auxin levels requires the activity of SKP-Cullin-F-box TIR1/AFB (SCF TIR1/AFB)-dependent pathway. Importantly, also suboptimal auxin levels mediate PIN degradation utilizing the same signalling pathway. These feedback mechanisms are functionally important during gravitropic response and ensure fine-tuning of auxin fluxes for maintaining as well as terminating asymmetric growth.
AU - Baster, Pawel
AU - Robert, Stéphanie
AU - Kleine Vehn, Jürgen
AU - Vanneste, Steffen
AU - Kania, Urszula
AU - Grunewald, Wim
AU - De Rybel, Bert
AU - Beeckman, Tom
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 2919
IS - 2
JF - EMBO Journal
TI - SCF^TIR1 AFB-auxin signalling regulates PIN vacuolar trafficking and auxin fluxes during root gravitropism
VL - 32
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TY - JOUR
AB - Cell polarisation in development is a common and fundamental process underlying embryo patterning and morphogenesis, and has been extensively studied over the past years. Our current knowledge of cell polarisation in development is predominantly based on studies that have analysed polarisation of single cells, such as eggs, or cellular aggregates with a stable polarising interface, such as cultured epithelial cells (St Johnston and Ahringer, 2010). However, in embryonic development, particularly of vertebrates, cell polarisation processes often encompass large numbers of cells that are placed within moving and proliferating tissues, and undergo mesenchymal-to-epithelial transitions with a highly complex spatiotemporal choreography. How such intricate cell polarisation processes in embryonic development are achieved has only started to be analysed. By using live imaging of neurulation in the transparent zebrafish embryo, Buckley et al (2012) now describe a novel polarisation strategy by which cells assemble an apical domain in the part of their cell body that intersects with the midline of the forming neural rod. This mechanism, along with the previously described mirror-symmetric divisions (Tawk et al, 2007), is thought to trigger formation of both neural rod midline and lumen.
AU - Compagnon, Julien
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
ID - 2920
IS - 1
JF - EMBO Journal
TI - Neurulation coordinating cell polarisation and lumen formation
VL - 32
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - To fight infectious diseases, host immune defenses are employed at multiple levels. Sanitary behavior, such as pathogen avoidance and removal, acts as a first line of defense to prevent infection [1] before activation of the physiological immune system. Insect societies have evolved a wide range of collective hygiene measures and intensive health care toward pathogen-exposed group members [2]. One of the most common behaviors is allogrooming, in which nestmates remove infectious particles from the body surfaces of exposed individuals [3]. Here we show that, in invasive garden ants, grooming of fungus-exposed brood is effective beyond the sheer mechanical removal of fungal conidiospores; it also includes chemical disinfection through the application of poison produced by the ants themselves. Formic acid is the main active component of the poison. It inhibits fungal growth of conidiospores remaining on the brood surface after grooming and also those collected in the mouth of the grooming ant. This dual function is achieved by uptake of the poison droplet into the mouth through acidopore self-grooming and subsequent application onto the infectious brood via brood grooming. This extraordinary behavior extends the current understanding of grooming and the establishment of social immunity in insect societies.
AU - Tragust, Simon
AU - Mitteregger, Barbara
AU - Barone, Vanessa
AU - Konrad, Matthias
AU - Ugelvig, Line V
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 2926
IS - 1
JF - Current Biology
TI - Ants disinfect fungus-exposed brood by oral uptake and spread of their poison
VL - 23
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TY - JOUR
AB - In this paper, we present the first output-sensitive algorithm to compute the persistence diagram of a filtered simplicial complex. For any Γ > 0, it returns only those homology classes with persistence at least Γ. Instead of the classical reduction via column operations, our algorithm performs rank computations on submatrices of the boundary matrix. For an arbitrary constant δ ∈ (0, 1), the running time is O (C (1 - δ) Γ R d (n) log n), where C (1 - δ) Γ is the number of homology classes with persistence at least (1 - δ) Γ, n is the total number of simplices in the complex, d its dimension, and R d (n) is the complexity of computing the rank of an n × n matrix with O (d n) nonzero entries. Depending on the choice of the rank algorithm, this yields a deterministic O (C (1 - δ) Γ n 2.376) algorithm, an O (C (1 - δ) Γ n 2.28) Las-Vegas algorithm, or an O (C (1 - δ) Γ n 2 + ε{lunate}) Monte-Carlo algorithm for an arbitrary ε{lunate} > 0. The space complexity of the Monte-Carlo version is bounded by O (d n) = O (n log n).
AU - Chen, Chao
AU - Kerber, Michael
ID - 2939
IS - 4
JF - Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications
TI - An output sensitive algorithm for persistent homology
VL - 46
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A chain rule for an entropy notion H(.) states that the entropy H(X) of a variable X decreases by at most l if conditioned on an l-bit string A, i.e., H(X|A)>= H(X)-l. More generally, it satisfies a chain rule for conditional entropy if H(X|Y,A)>= H(X|Y)-l.
All natural information theoretic entropy notions we are aware of (like Shannon or min-entropy) satisfy some kind of chain rule for conditional entropy. Moreover, many computational entropy notions (like Yao entropy, unpredictability entropy and several variants of HILL entropy) satisfy the chain rule for conditional entropy, though here not only the quantity decreases by l, but also the quality of the entropy decreases exponentially in l. However, for
the standard notion of conditional HILL entropy (the computational equivalent of min-entropy) the existence of such a rule was unknown so far.
In this paper, we prove that for conditional HILL entropy no meaningful chain rule exists, assuming the existence of one-way permutations: there exist distributions X,Y,A, where A is a distribution over a single bit, but $H(X|Y)>>H(X|Y,A)$, even if we simultaneously allow for a massive degradation in the quality of the entropy.
The idea underlying our construction is based on a surprising connection between the chain rule for HILL entropy and deniable encryption.
AU - Krenn, Stephan
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Wadia, Akshay
ED - Sahai, Amit
ID - 2940
TI - A counterexample to the chain rule for conditional HILL entropy, and what deniable encryption has to do with it
VL - 7785
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We propose a two-step procedure for estimating multiple migration rates in an approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) framework, accounting for global nuisance parameters. The approach is not limited to migration, but generally of interest for inference problems with multiple parameters and a modular structure (e.g. independent sets of demes or loci). We condition on a known, but complex demographic model of a spatially subdivided population, motivated by the reintroduction of Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) into Switzerland. In the first step, the global parameters ancestral mutation rate and male mating skew have been estimated for the whole population in Aeschbacher et al. (Genetics 2012; 192: 1027). In the second step, we estimate in this study the migration rates independently for clusters of demes putatively connected by migration. For large clusters (many migration rates), ABC faces the problem of too many summary statistics. We therefore assess by simulation if estimation per pair of demes is a valid alternative. We find that the trade-off between reduced dimensionality for the pairwise estimation on the one hand and lower accuracy due to the assumption of pairwise independence on the other depends on the number of migration rates to be inferred: the accuracy of the pairwise approach increases with the number of parameters, relative to the joint estimation approach. To distinguish between low and zero migration, we perform ABC-type model comparison between a model with migration and one without. Applying the approach to microsatellite data from Alpine ibex, we find no evidence for substantial gene flow via migration, except for one pair of demes in one direction.
AU - Aeschbacher, Simon
AU - Futschik, Andreas
AU - Beaumont, Mark
ID - 2944
IS - 4
JF - Molecular Ecology
TI - Approximate Bayesian computation for modular inference problems with many parameters: the example of migration rates.
VL - 22
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Many visual datasets are traditionally used to analyze the performance of different learning techniques. The evaluation is usually done within each dataset, therefore it is questionable if such results are a reliable indicator of true generalization ability. We propose here an algorithm to exploit the existing data resources when learning on a new multiclass problem. Our main idea is to identify an image representation that decomposes orthogonally into two subspaces: a part specific to each dataset, and a part generic to, and therefore shared between, all the considered source sets. This allows us to use the generic representation as un-biased reference knowledge for a novel classification task. By casting the method in the multi-view setting, we also make it possible to use different features for different databases. We call the algorithm MUST, Multitask Unaligned Shared knowledge Transfer. Through extensive experiments on five public datasets, we show that MUST consistently improves the cross-datasets generalization performance.
AU - Tommasi, Tatiana
AU - Quadrianto, Novi
AU - Caputo, Barbara
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 2948
TI - Beyond dataset bias: Multi-task unaligned shared knowledge transfer
VL - 7724
ER -