TY - THES
AB - In this thesis we discuss the exact security of message authentications codes HMAC , NMAC , and PMAC . NMAC is a mode of operation which turns a fixed input-length keyed hash function f into a variable input-length function. A practical single-key variant of NMAC called HMAC is a very popular and widely deployed message authentication code (MAC). PMAC is a block-cipher based mode of operation, which also happens to be the most famous fully parallel MAC. NMAC was introduced by Bellare, Canetti and Krawczyk Crypto’96, who proved it to be a secure pseudorandom function (PRF), and thus also a MAC, under two assumptions. Unfortunately, for many instantiations of HMAC one of them has been found to be wrong. To restore the provable guarantees for NMAC , Bellare [Crypto’06] showed its security without this assumption. PMAC was introduced by Black and Rogaway at Eurocrypt 2002. If instantiated with a pseudorandom permutation over n -bit strings, PMAC constitutes a provably secure variable input-length PRF. For adversaries making q queries, each of length at most ` (in n -bit blocks), and of total length σ ≤ q` , the original paper proves an upper bound on the distinguishing advantage of O ( σ 2 / 2 n ), while the currently best bound is O ( qσ/ 2 n ). In this work we show that this bound is tight by giving an attack with advantage Ω( q 2 `/ 2 n ). In the PMAC construction one initially XORs a mask to every message block, where the mask for the i th block is computed as τ i := γ i · L , where L is a (secret) random value, and γ i is the i -th codeword of the Gray code. Our attack applies more generally to any sequence of γ i ’s which contains a large coset of a subgroup of GF (2 n ). As for NMAC , our first contribution is a simpler and uniform proof: If f is an ε -secure PRF (against q queries) and a δ - non-adaptively secure PRF (against q queries), then NMAC f is an ( ε + `qδ )-secure PRF against q queries of length at most ` blocks each. We also show that this ε + `qδ bound is basically tight by constructing an f for which an attack with advantage `qδ exists. Moreover, we analyze the PRF-security of a modification of NMAC called NI by An and Bellare that avoids the constant rekeying on multi-block messages in NMAC and allows for an information-theoretic analysis. We carry out such an analysis, obtaining a tight `q 2 / 2 c bound for this step, improving over the trivial bound of ` 2 q 2 / 2 c . Finally, we investigate, if the security of PMAC can be further improved by using τ i ’s that are k -wise independent, for k > 1 (the original has k = 1). We observe that the security of PMAC will not increase in general if k = 2, and then prove that the security increases to O ( q 2 / 2 n ), if the k = 4. Due to simple extension attacks, this is the best bound one can hope for, using any distribution on the masks. Whether k = 3 is already sufficient to get this level of security is left as an open problem. Keywords: Message authentication codes, Pseudorandom functions, HMAC, PMAC.
AU - Rybar, Michal
ID - 838
TI - (The exact security of) Message authentication codes
ER -
TY - THES
AB - This thesis describes a brittle fracture simulation method for visual effects applications. Building upon a symmetric Galerkin boundary element method, we first compute stress intensity factors following the theory of linear elastic fracture mechanics. We then use these stress intensities to simulate the motion of a propagating crack front at a significantly higher resolution than the overall deformation of the breaking object. Allowing for spatial variations of the material's toughness during crack propagation produces visually realistic, highly-detailed fracture surfaces. Furthermore, we introduce approximations for stress intensities and crack opening displacements, resulting in both practical speed-up and theoretically superior runtime complexity compared to previous methods. While we choose a quasi-static approach to fracture mechanics, ignoring dynamic deformations, we also couple our fracture simulation framework to a standard rigid-body dynamics solver, enabling visual effects artists to simulate both large scale motion, as well as fracturing due to collision forces in a combined system. As fractures inside of an object grow, their geometry must be represented both in the coarse boundary element mesh, as well as at the desired fine output resolution. Using a boundary element method, we avoid complicated volumetric meshing operations. Instead we describe a simple set of surface meshing operations that allow us to progressively add cracks to the mesh of an object and still re-use all previously computed entries of the linear boundary element system matrix. On the high resolution level, we opt for an implicit surface representation. We then describe how to capture fracture surfaces during crack propagation, as well as separate the individual fragments resulting from the fracture process, based on this implicit representation. We show results obtained with our method, either solving the full boundary element system in every time step, or alternatively using our fast approximations. These results demonstrate that both of these methods perform well in basic test cases and produce realistic fracture surfaces. Furthermore we show that our fast approximations substantially out-perform the standard approach in more demanding scenarios. Finally, these two methods naturally combine, using the full solution while the problem size is manageably small and switching to the fast approximations later on. The resulting hybrid method gives the user a direct way to choose between speed and accuracy of the simulation.
AU - Hahn, David
ID - 839
TI - Brittle fracture simulation with boundary elements for computer graphics
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - The advent of high-throughput technologies and the concurrent advances in information sciences have led to a data revolution in biology. This revolution is most significant in molecular biology, with an increase in the number and scale of the “omics” projects over the last decade. Genomics projects, for example, have produced impressive advances in our knowledge of the information concealed into genomes, from the many genes that encode for the proteins that are responsible for most if not all cellular functions, to the noncoding regions that are now known to provide regulatory functions. Proteomics initiatives help to decipher the role of post-translation modifications on the protein structures and provide maps of protein-protein interactions, while functional genomics is the field that attempts to make use of the data produced by these projects to understand protein functions. The biggest challenge today is to assimilate the wealth of information provided by these initiatives into a conceptual framework that will help us decipher life. For example, the current views of the relationship between protein structure and function remain fragmented. We know of their sequences, more and more about their structures, we have information on their biological activities, but we have difficulties connecting this dotted line into an informed whole. We lack the experimental and computational tools for directly studying protein structure, function, and dynamics at the molecular and supra-molecular levels. In this chapter, we review some of the current developments in building the computational tools that are needed, focusing on the role that geometry and topology play in these efforts. One of our goals is to raise the general awareness about the importance of geometric methods in elucidating the mysterious foundations of our very existence. Another goal is the broadening of what we consider a geometric algorithm. There is plenty of valuable no-man’s-land between combinatorial and numerical algorithms, and it seems opportune to explore this land with a computational-geometric frame of mind.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Koehl, Patrice
ED - Toth, Csaba
ED - O'Rourke, Joseph
ED - Goodman, Jacob
ID - 84
T2 - Handbook of Discrete and Computational Geometry, Third Edition
TI - Computational topology for structural molecular biology
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase) plays a central role in cellular energy generation, contributing to the proton motive force used to produce ATP. It couples the transfer of two electrons between NADH and quinone to translocation of four protons across the membrane. It is the largest protein assembly of bacterial and mitochondrial respiratory chains, composed, in mammals, of up to 45 subunits with a total molecular weight of ∼1 MDa. Bacterial enzyme is about half the size, providing the important “minimal” model of complex I. The l-shaped complex consists of a hydrophilic arm, where electron transfer occurs, and a membrane arm, where proton translocation takes place. Previously, we have solved the crystal structures of the hydrophilic domain of complex I from Thermus thermophilus and of the membrane domain from Escherichia coli, followed by the atomic structure of intact, entire complex I from T. thermophilus. Recently, we have solved by cryo-EM a first complete atomic structure of mammalian (ovine) mitochondrial complex I. Core subunits are well conserved from the bacterial version, whilst supernumerary subunits form an interlinked, stabilizing shell around the core. Subunits containing additional cofactors, including Zn ion, NADPH and phosphopantetheine, probably have regulatory roles. Dysfunction of mitochondrial complex I is implicated in many human neurodegenerative diseases. The structure of mammalian enzyme provides many insights into complex I mechanism, assembly, maturation and dysfunction, allowing detailed molecular analysis of disease-causing mutations.
AU - Sazanov, Leonid A
ED - Wikström, Mårten
ID - 444
SN - 978-1-78262-865-1
T2 - Mechanisms of primary energy transduction in biology
TI - Structure of respiratory complex I: “Minimal” bacterial and “de luxe” mammalian versions
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider last passage percolation (LPP) models with exponentially distributed random variables, which are linked to the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP). The competition interface for LPP was introduced and studied in Ferrari and Pimentel (2005a) for cases where the corresponding exclusion process had a rarefaction fan. Here we consider situations with a shock and determine the law of the fluctuations of the competition interface around its deter- ministic law of large number position. We also study the multipoint distribution of the LPP around the shock, extending our one-point result of Ferrari and Nejjar (2015).
AU - Ferrari, Patrik
AU - Nejjar, Peter
ID - 447
JF - Revista Latino-Americana de Probabilidade e Estatística
TI - Fluctuations of the competition interface in presence of shocks
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Most kinesin motors move in only one direction along microtubules. Members of the kinesin-5 subfamily were initially described as unidirectional plus-end-directed motors and shown to produce piconewton forces. However, some fungal kinesin-5 motors are bidirectional. The force production of a bidirectional kinesin-5 has not yet been measured. Therefore, it remains unknown whether the mechanism of the unconventional minus-end-directed motility differs fundamentally from that of plus-end-directed stepping. Using force spectroscopy, we have measured here the forces that ensembles of purified budding yeast kinesin-5 Cin8 produce in microtubule gliding assays in both plus- and minus-end direction. Correlation analysis of pause forces demonstrated that individual Cin8 molecules produce additive forces in both directions of movement. In ensembles, Cin8 motors were able to produce single-motor forces up to a magnitude of ∼1.5 pN. Hence, these properties appear to be conserved within the kinesin-5 subfamily. Force production was largely independent of the directionality of movement, indicating similarities between the motility mechanisms for both directions. These results provide constraints for the development of models for the bidirectional motility mechanism of fission yeast kinesin-5 and provide insight into the function of this mitotic motor.
AU - Fallesen, Todd
AU - Roostalu, Johanna
AU - Düllberg, Christian F
AU - Pruessner, Gunnar
AU - Surrey, Thomas
ID - 453
IS - 9
JF - Biophysical Journal
TI - Ensembles of bidirectional kinesin Cin8 produce additive forces in both directions of movement
VL - 113
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The social insects bees, wasps, ants, and termites are species-rich, occur in many habitats, and often constitute a large part of the biomass. Many are also invasive, including species of termites, the red imported fire ant, and the Argentine ant. While invasive social insects have been a problem in Southern Europe for some time, Central Europa was free of invasive ant species until recently because most ants are adapted to warmer climates. Only in the 1990s, did Lasius neglectus, a close relative of the common black garden ant, arrive in Germany. First described in 1990 based on individuals collected in Budapest, the species has since been detected for example in France, Germany, Spain, England, and Kyrgyzstan. The species is spread with soil during construction work or plantings, and L. neglectus therefore is often found in parks and botanical gardens. Another invasive ant now spreading in southern Germany is Formica fuscocinerea, which occurs along rivers, including in the sandy floodplains of the river Isar. As is typical of pioneer species, F. fuscocinerea quickly becomes extremely abundant and therefore causes problems for example on playgrounds in Munich. All invasive ant species are characterized by cooperation across nests, leading to strongly interconnected, very large super-colonies. The resulting dominance results in the extinction of native ant species as well as other arthropod species and thus in the reduction of biodiversity.
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 459
JF - Rundgespräche Forum Ökologie
TI - Invasive Ameisen in Europa: Wie sie sich ausbreiten und die heimische Fauna verändern
VL - 46
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We investigate transient behaviors induced by magnetic fields on the dynamics of the flow of a ferrofluid in the gap between two concentric, independently rotating cylinders. Without applying any magnetic fields, we uncover emergence of flow states constituted by a combination of a localized spiral state (SPIl) in the top and bottom of the annulus and different multi-cell flow states (SPI2v, SPI3v) with toroidally closed vortices in the interior of the bulk (SPIl+2v = SPIl + SPI2v and SPIl+3v = SPIl + SPI3v). However, when a magnetic field is presented, we observe the transient behaviors between multi-cell states passing through two critical thresholds in a strength of an axial (transverse) magnetic field. Before the first critical threshold of a magnetic field strength, multi-stable states with different number of cells could be observed. After the first critical threshold, we find the transient behavior between the three- and two-cell flow states. For more strength of magnetic field or after the second critical threshold, we discover that multi-cell states are disappeared and a localized spiral state remains to be stimulated. The studied transient behavior could be understood by the investigation of various quantities including a modal kinetic energy, a mode amplitude of the radial velocity, wavenumber, angular momentum, and torque. In addition, the emergence of new flow states and the transient behavior between their states in ferrofluidic flows indicate that richer and potentially controllable dynamics through magnetic fields could be possible in ferrofluic flow.
AU - Altmeyer, Sebastian
AU - Do, Younghae
AU - Ryu, Soorok
ID - 463
IS - 11
JF - Chaos
SN - 10541500
TI - Transient behavior between multi-cell flow states in ferrofluidic Taylor-Couette flow
VL - 27
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The edit distance between two words w 1 , w 2 is the minimal number of word operations (letter insertions, deletions, and substitutions) necessary to transform w 1 to w 2 . The edit distance generalizes to languages L 1 , L 2 , where the edit distance from L 1 to L 2 is the minimal number k such that for every word from L 1 there exists a word in L 2 with edit distance at most k . We study the edit distance computation problem between pushdown automata and their subclasses. The problem of computing edit distance to a pushdown automaton is undecidable, and in practice, the interesting question is to compute the edit distance from a pushdown automaton (the implementation, a standard model for programs with recursion) to a regular language (the specification). In this work, we present a complete picture of decidability and complexity for the following problems: (1) deciding whether, for a given threshold k , the edit distance from a pushdown automaton to a finite automaton is at most k , and (2) deciding whether the edit distance from a pushdown automaton to a finite automaton is finite.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 465
IS - 3
JF - Logical Methods in Computer Science
SN - 18605974
TI - Edit distance for pushdown automata
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) objectives. There exist two different views: (i) the expectation semantics, where the goal is to optimize the expected mean-payoff objective, and (ii) the satisfaction semantics, where the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the mean-payoff value stays above a given vector. We consider optimization with respect to both objectives at once, thus unifying the existing semantics. Precisely, the goal is to optimize the expectation while ensuring the satisfaction constraint. Our problem captures the notion of optimization with respect to strategies that are risk-averse (i.e., ensure certain probabilistic guarantee). Our main results are as follows: First, we present algorithms for the decision problems which are always polynomial in the size of the MDP. We also show that an approximation of the Pareto-curve can be computed in time polynomial in the size of the MDP, and the approximation factor, but exponential in the number of dimensions. Second, we present a complete characterization of the strategy complexity (in terms of memory bounds and randomization) required to solve our problem.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Křetínská, Zuzana
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
ID - 466
IS - 2
JF - Logical Methods in Computer Science
SN - 18605974
TI - Unifying two views on multiple mean-payoff objectives in Markov decision processes
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Recently there has been a significant effort to handle quantitative properties in formal verification and synthesis. While weighted automata over finite and infinite words provide a natural and flexible framework to express quantitative properties, perhaps surprisingly, some basic system properties such as average response time cannot be expressed using weighted automata or in any other known decidable formalism. In this work, we introduce nested weighted automata as a natural extension of weighted automata, which makes it possible to express important quantitative properties such as average response time. In nested weighted automata, a master automaton spins off and collects results from weighted slave automata, each of which computes a quantity along a finite portion of an infinite word. Nested weighted automata can be viewed as the quantitative analogue of monitor automata, which are used in runtime verification. We establish an almost-complete decidability picture for the basic decision problems about nested weighted automata and illustrate their applicability in several domains. In particular, nested weighted automata can be used to decide average response time properties.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 467
IS - 4
JF - ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)
SN - 15293785
TI - Nested weighted automata
VL - 18
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - This paper presents a method for simulating water surface waves as a displacement field on a 2D domain. Our method relies on Lagrangian particles that carry packets of water wave energy; each packet carries information about an entire group of wave trains, as opposed to only a single wave crest. Our approach is unconditionally stable and can simulate high resolution geometric details. This approach also presents a straightforward interface for artistic control, because it is essentially a particle system with intuitive parameters like wavelength and amplitude. Our implementation parallelizes well and runs in real time for moderately challenging scenarios.
AU - Jeschke, Stefan
AU - Wojtan, Christopher J
ID - 470
IS - 4
JF - ACM Transactions on Graphics
SN - 07300301
TI - Water wave packets
VL - 36
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present a new algorithm for the statistical model checking of Markov chains with respect to unbounded temporal properties, including full linear temporal logic. The main idea is that we monitor each simulation run on the fly, in order to detect quickly if a bottom strongly connected component is entered with high probability, in which case the simulation run can be terminated early. As a result, our simulation runs are often much shorter than required by termination bounds that are computed a priori for a desired level of confidence on a large state space. In comparison to previous algorithms for statistical model checking our method is not only faster in many cases but also requires less information about the system, namely, only the minimum transition probability that occurs in the Markov chain. In addition, our method can be generalised to unbounded quantitative properties such as mean-payoff bounds.
AU - Daca, Przemyslaw
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
AU - Petrov, Tatjana
ID - 471
IS - 2
JF - ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)
SN - 15293785
TI - Faster statistical model checking for unbounded temporal properties
VL - 18
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove the universality for the eigenvalue gap statistics in the bulk of the spectrum for band matrices, in the regime where the band width is comparable with the dimension of the matrix, W ~ N. All previous results concerning universality of non-Gaussian random matrices are for mean-field models. By relying on a new mean-field reduction technique, we deduce universality from quantum unique ergodicity for band matrices.
AU - Bourgade, Paul
AU - Erdös, László
AU - Yau, Horng
AU - Yin, Jun
ID - 483
IS - 3
JF - Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
SN - 10950761
TI - Universality for a class of random band matrices
VL - 21
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the dynamics of a large quantum system of N identical bosons in 3D interacting via a two-body potential of the form N3β-1w(Nβ(x - y)). For fixed 0 = β < 1/3 and large N, we obtain a norm approximation to the many-body evolution in the Nparticle Hilbert space. The leading order behaviour of the dynamics is determined by Hartree theory while the second order is given by Bogoliubov theory.
AU - Nam, Phan
AU - Napiórkowski, Marcin M
ID - 484
IS - 3
JF - Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
SN - 10950761
TI - Bogoliubov correction to the mean-field dynamics of interacting bosons
VL - 21
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present results on nonlinear electro-optical conversion of microwave radiation into the optical telecommunication band with more than 0.1% photon number conversion efficiency with MHz bandwidth, in a crystalline whispering gallery mode resonator
AU - Rueda Sanchez, Alfredo R
AU - Sedlmeir, Florian
AU - Collodo, Michele
AU - Vogl, Ulrich
AU - Stiller, Birgit
AU - Schunk, Gerhard
AU - Strekalov, Dmitry
AU - Marquardt, Christoph
AU - Fink, Johannes M
AU - Painter, Oskar
AU - Leuchs, Gerd
AU - Schwefel, Harald
ID - 485
SN - 978-155752820-9
TI - Single sideband microwave to optical photon conversion-an-electro-optic-realization
VL - F54
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Color texture reproduction in 3D printing commonly ignores volumetric light transport (cross-talk) between surface points on a 3D print. Such light diffusion leads to significant blur of details and color bleeding, and is particularly severe for highly translucent resin-based print materials. Given their widely varying scattering properties, this cross-talk between surface points strongly depends on the internal structure of the volume surrounding each surface point. Existing scattering-aware methods use simplified models for light diffusion, and often accept the visual blur as an immutable property of the print medium. In contrast, our work counteracts heterogeneous scattering to obtain the impression of a crisp albedo texture on top of the 3D print, by optimizing for a fully volumetric material distribution that preserves the target appearance. Our method employs an efficient numerical optimizer on top of a general Monte-Carlo simulation of heterogeneous scattering, supported by a practical calibration procedure to obtain scattering parameters from a given set of printer materials. Despite the inherent translucency of the medium, we reproduce detailed surface textures on 3D prints. We evaluate our system using a commercial, five-tone 3D print process and compare against the printer’s native color texturing mode, demonstrating that our method preserves high-frequency features well without having to compromise on color gamut.
AU - Elek, Oskar
AU - Sumin, Denis
AU - Zhang, Ran
AU - Weyrich, Tim
AU - Myszkowski, Karol
AU - Bickel, Bernd
AU - Wilkie, Alexander
AU - Krivanek, Jaroslav
ID - 486
IS - 6
JF - ACM Transactions on Graphics
SN - 07300301
TI - Scattering-aware texture reproduction for 3D printing
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In this paper we study network architecture for unlicensed cellular networking for outdoor coverage in TV white spaces. The main technology proposed for TV white spaces is 802.11af, a Wi-Fi variant adapted for TV frequencies. However, 802.11af is originally designed for improved indoor propagation. We show that long links, typical for outdoor use, exacerbate known Wi-Fi issues, such as hidden and exposed terminal, and significantly reduce its efficiency. Instead, we propose CellFi, an alternative architecture based on LTE. LTE is designed for long-range coverage and throughput efficiency, but it is also designed to operate in tightly controlled and centrally managed networks. CellFi overcomes these problems by designing an LTE-compatible spectrum database component, mandatory for TV white space networking, and introducing an interference management component for distributed coordination. CellFi interference management is compatible with existing LTE mechanisms, requires no explicit communication between base stations, and is more efficient than CSMA for long links. We evaluate our design through extensive real world evaluation on of-the-shelf LTE equipment and simulations. We show that, compared to 802.11af, it increases coverage by 40% and reduces median flow completion times by 2.3x.
AU - Baig, Ghufran
AU - Radunovic, Bozidar
AU - Alistarh, Dan-Adrian
AU - Balkwill, Matthew
AU - Karagiannis, Thomas
AU - Qiu, Lili
ID - 487
SN - 978-145035422-6
T2 - Proceedings of the 2017 13th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies
TI - Towards unlicensed cellular networks in TV white spaces
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TY - JOUR
AB - The fixation probability is the probability that a new mutant introduced in a homogeneous population eventually takes over the entire population. The fixation probability is a fundamental quantity of natural selection, and known to depend on the population structure. Amplifiers of natural selection are population structures which increase the fixation probability of advantageous mutants, as compared to the baseline case of well-mixed populations. In this work we focus on symmetric population structures represented as undirected graphs. In the regime of undirected graphs, the strongest amplifier known has been the Star graph, and the existence of undirected graphs with stronger amplification properties has remained open for over a decade. In this work we present the Comet and Comet-swarm families of undirected graphs. We show that for a range of fitness values of the mutants, the Comet and Cometswarm graphs have fixation probability strictly larger than the fixation probability of the Star graph, for fixed population size and at the limit of large populations, respectively.
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
AU - Tkadlec, Josef
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 512
IS - 1
JF - Scientific Reports
SN - 20452322
TI - Amplification on undirected population structures: Comets beat stars
VL - 7
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We present an experimental setup that creates a shear flow with zero mean advection velocity achieved by counterbalancing the nonzero streamwise pressure gradient by moving boundaries, which generates plane Couette-Poiseuille flow. We obtain experimental results in the transitional regime for this flow. Using flow visualization, we characterize the subcritical transition to turbulence in Couette-Poiseuille flow and show the existence of turbulent spots generated by a permanent perturbation. Due to the zero mean advection velocity of the base profile, these turbulent structures are nearly stationary. We distinguish two regions of the turbulent spot: the active turbulent core, which is characterized by waviness of the streaks similar to traveling waves, and the surrounding region, which includes in addition the weak undisturbed streaks and oblique waves at the laminar-turbulent interface. We also study the dependence of the size of these two regions on Reynolds number. Finally, we show that the traveling waves move in the downstream (Poiseuille) direction.
AU - Klotz, Lukasz
AU - Lemoult, Grégoire M
AU - Frontczak, Idalia
AU - Tuckerman, Laurette
AU - Wesfreid, José
ID - 513
IS - 4
JF - Physical Review Fluids
TI - Couette-Poiseuille flow experiment with zero mean advection velocity: Subcritical transition to turbulence
VL - 2
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Orientation in space is represented in specialized brain circuits. Persistent head direction signals are transmitted from anterior thalamus to the presubiculum, but the identity of the presubicular target neurons, their connectivity and function in local microcircuits are unknown. Here, we examine how thalamic afferents recruit presubicular principal neurons and Martinotti interneurons, and the ensuing synaptic interactions between these cells. Pyramidal neuron activation of Martinotti cells in superficial layers is strongly facilitating such that high-frequency head directional stimulation efficiently unmutes synaptic excitation. Martinotti-cell feedback plays a dual role: precisely timed spikes may not inhibit the firing of in-tune head direction cells, while exerting lateral inhibition. Autonomous attractor dynamics emerge from a modelled network implementing wiring motifs and timing sensitive synaptic interactions in the pyramidal - Martinotti-cell feedback loop. This inhibitory microcircuit is therefore tuned to refine and maintain head direction information in the presubiculum.
AU - Simonnet, Jean
AU - Nassar, Mérie
AU - Stella, Federico
AU - Cohen, Ivan
AU - Mathon, Bertrand
AU - Boccara, Charlotte
AU - Miles, Richard
AU - Fricker, Desdemona
ID - 514
JF - Nature Communications
SN - 20411723
TI - Activity dependent feedback inhibition may maintain head direction signals in mouse presubiculum
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The oxidative phosphorylation electron transport chain (OXPHOS-ETC) of the inner mitochondrial membrane is composed of five large protein complexes, named CI-CV. These complexes convert energy from the food we eat into ATP, a small molecule used to power a multitude of essential reactions throughout the cell. OXPHOS-ETC complexes are organized into supercomplexes (SCs) of defined stoichiometry: CI forms a supercomplex with CIII2 and CIV (SC I+III2+IV, known as the respirasome), as well as with CIII2 alone (SC I+III2). CIII2 forms a supercomplex with CIV (SC III2+IV) and CV forms dimers (CV2). Recent cryo-EM studies have revealed the structures of SC I+III2+IV and SC I+III2. Furthermore, recent work has shed light on the assembly and function of the SCs. Here we review and compare these recent studies and discuss how they have advanced our understanding of mitochondrial electron transport.
AU - Letts, James A
AU - Sazanov, Leonid A
ID - 515
IS - 10
JF - Nature Structural and Molecular Biology
SN - 15459993
TI - Clarifying the supercomplex: The higher-order organization of the mitochondrial electron transport chain
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cyanobacteria are mostly engineered to be sustainable cell-factories by genetic manipulations alone. Here, by modulating the concentration of allosteric effectors, we focus on increasing product formation without further burdening the cells with increased expression of enzymes. Resorting to a novel 96-well microplate cultivation system for cyanobacteria, and using lactate-producing strains of Synechocystis PCC6803 expressing different l-lactate dehydrogenases (LDH), we titrated the effect of 2,5-anhydro-mannitol supplementation. The latter acts in cells as a nonmetabolizable analogue of fructose 1,6-bisphosphate, a known allosteric regulator of one of the tested LDHs. In this strain (SAA023), we achieved over 2-fold increase of lactate productivity. Furthermore, we observed that as carbon is increasingly deviated during growth toward product formation, there is an increased fixation rate in the population of spontaneous mutants harboring an impaired production pathway. This is a challenge in the development of green cell factories, which may be countered by the incorporation in biotechnological processes of strategies such as the one pioneered here.
AU - Du, Wei
AU - Angermayr, Andreas
AU - Jongbloets, Joeri
AU - Molenaar, Douwe
AU - Bachmann, Herwig
AU - Hellingwerf, Klaas
AU - Branco Dos Santos, Filipe
ID - 520
IS - 3
JF - ACS Synthetic Biology
SN - 21615063
TI - Nonhierarchical flux regulation exposes the fitness burden associated with lactate production in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let X and Y be proper metric spaces. We show that a coarsely n-to-1 map f:X→Y induces an n-to-1 map of Higson coronas. This viewpoint turns out to be successful in showing that the classical dimension raising theorems hold in large scale; that is, if f:X→Y is a coarsely n-to-1 map between proper metric spaces X and Y then asdim(Y)≤asdim(X)+n−1. Furthermore we introduce coarsely open coarsely n-to-1 maps, which include the natural quotient maps via a finite group action, and prove that they preserve the asymptotic dimension.
AU - Austin, Kyle
AU - Virk, Ziga
ID - 521
JF - Topology and its Applications
SN - 01668641
TI - Higson compactification and dimension raising
VL - 215
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TY - JOUR
AB - We investigate the complexity of finding an embedded non-orientable surface of Euler genus g in a triangulated 3-manifold. This problem occurs both as a natural question in low-dimensional topology, and as a first non-trivial instance of embeddability of complexes into 3-manifolds. We prove that the problem is NP-hard, thus adding to the relatively few hardness results that are currently known in 3-manifold topology. In addition, we show that the problem lies in NP when the Euler genus g is odd, and we give an explicit algorithm in this case.
AU - Burton, Benjamin
AU - De Mesmay, Arnaud N
AU - Wagner, Uli
ID - 534
IS - 4
JF - Discrete & Computational Geometry
SN - 01795376
TI - Finding non-orientable surfaces in 3-Manifolds
VL - 58
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Optogenetik und Photopharmakologie ermöglichen präzise räumliche und zeitliche Kontrolle von Proteinwechselwirkung und -funktion in Zellen und Tieren. Optogenetische Methoden, die auf grünes Licht ansprechen und zum Trennen von Proteinkomplexen geeignet sind, sind nichtweitläufig verfügbar, würden jedoch mehrfarbige Experimente zur Beantwortung von biologischen Fragestellungen ermöglichen. Hier demonstrieren wir die Verwendung von Cobalamin(Vitamin B12)-bindenden Domänen von bakteriellen CarH-Transkriptionsfaktoren zur Grünlicht-induzierten Dissoziation von Rezeptoren. Fusioniert mit dem Fibroblasten-W achstumsfaktor-Rezeptor 1 führten diese im Dunkeln in kultivierten Zellen zu Signalaktivität durch Oligomerisierung, welche durch Beleuchten umgehend aufgehoben wurde. In Zebrafischembryonen, die einen derartigen Rezeptor exprimieren, ermöglichte grünes Licht die Kontrolle über abnormale Signalaktivität während der Embryonalentwicklung.
AU - Kainrath, Stephanie
AU - Stadler, Manuela
AU - Gschaider-Reichhart, Eva
AU - Distel, Martin
AU - Janovjak, Harald L
ID - 538
IS - 16
JF - Angewandte Chemie
TI - Grünlicht-induzierte Rezeptorinaktivierung durch Cobalamin-bindende Domänen
VL - 129
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TY - JOUR
AB - RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRps) play a key role in the life cycle of RNA viruses and impact their immunobiology. The arenavirus lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) strain Clone 13 provides a benchmark model for studying chronic infection. A major genetic determinant for its ability to persist maps to a single amino acid exchange in the viral L protein, which exhibits RdRp activity, yet its functional consequences remain elusive. To unravel the L protein interactions with the host proteome, we engineered infectious L protein-tagged LCMV virions by reverse genetics. A subsequent mass-spectrometric analysis of L protein pulldowns from infected human cells revealed a comprehensive network of interacting host proteins. The obtained LCMV L protein interactome was bioinformatically integrated with known host protein interactors of RdRps from other RNA viruses, emphasizing interconnected modules of human proteins. Functional characterization of selected interactors highlighted proviral (DDX3X) as well as antiviral (NKRF, TRIM21) host factors. To corroborate these findings, we infected Trim21-/-mice with LCMV and found impaired virus control in chronic infection. These results provide insights into the complex interactions of the arenavirus LCMV and other viral RdRps with the host proteome and contribute to a better molecular understanding of how chronic viruses interact with their host.
AU - Khamina, Kseniya
AU - Lercher, Alexander
AU - Caldera, Michael
AU - Schliehe, Christopher
AU - Vilagos, Bojan
AU - Sahin, Mehmet
AU - Kosack, Lindsay
AU - Bhattacharya, Anannya
AU - Májek, Peter
AU - Stukalov, Alexey
AU - Sacco, Roberto
AU - James, Leo
AU - Pinschewer, Daniel
AU - Bennett, Keiryn
AU - Menche, Jörg
AU - Bergthaler, Andreas
ID - 540
IS - 12
JF - PLoS Pathogens
SN - 15537366
TI - Characterization of host proteins interacting with the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus L protein
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - While we have good understanding of bacterial metabolism at the population level, we know little about the metabolic behavior of individual cells: do single cells in clonal populations sometimes specialize on different metabolic pathways? Such metabolic specialization could be driven by stochastic gene expression and could provide individual cells with growth benefits of specialization. We measured the degree of phenotypic specialization in two parallel metabolic pathways, the assimilation of glucose and arabinose. We grew Escherichia coli in chemostats, and used isotope-labeled sugars in combination with nanometer-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry and mathematical modeling to quantify sugar assimilation at the single-cell level. We found large variation in metabolic activities between single cells, both in absolute assimilation and in the degree to which individual cells specialize in the assimilation of different sugars. Analysis of transcriptional reporters indicated that this variation was at least partially based on cell-to-cell variation in gene expression. Metabolic differences between cells in clonal populations could potentially reduce metabolic incompatibilities between different pathways, and increase the rate at which parallel reactions can be performed.
AU - Nikolic, Nela
AU - Schreiber, Frank
AU - Dal Co, Alma
AU - Kiviet, Daniel
AU - Bergmiller, Tobias
AU - Littmann, Sten
AU - Kuypers, Marcel
AU - Ackermann, Martin
ID - 541
IS - 12
JF - PLoS Genetics
SN - 15537390
TI - Cell-to-cell variation and specialization in sugar metabolism in clonal bacterial populations
VL - 13
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Development of vascular tissue is a remarkable example of intercellular communication and coordinated development involving hormonal signaling and tissue polarity. Thus far, studies on vascular patterning and regeneration have been conducted mainly in trees—woody plants—with a well-developed layer of vascular cambium and secondary tissues. Trees are difficult to use as genetic models, i.e., due to long generation time, unstable environmental conditions, and lack of available mutants and transgenic lines. Therefore, the use of the main genetic model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh., with a wealth of available marker and transgenic lines, provides a unique opportunity to address molecular mechanism of vascular tissue formation and regeneration. With specific treatments, the tiny weed Arabidopsis can serve as a model to understand the growth of mighty trees and interconnect a tree physiology with molecular genetics and cell biology of Arabidopsis.
AU - Mazur, Ewa
AU - Friml, Jirí
ED - Jurić, Snježana
ID - 545
T2 - Plant Engineering
TI - Vascular tissue development and regeneration in the model plant arabidopsis
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - In this report the implementation of the institutional data repository IST DataRep at IST Austria will be covered: Starting with the research phase when requirements for a repository were established, the procedure of choosing a repository-software and its customization based on the results of user-testings will be discussed. Followed by reflections on the marketing strategies in regard of impact, and at the end sharing some experiences of one year operating IST DataRep.
AU - Barbara Petritsch
ID - 5450
TI - Implementing the institutional data repository IST DataRep
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - A fundamental algorithmic problem at the heart of static analysis is Dyck reachability. The input is a graphwhere the edges are labeled with different types of opening and closing parentheses, and the reachabilityinformation is computed via paths whose parentheses are properly matched. We present new results for Dyckreachability problems with applications to alias analysis and data-dependence analysis. Our main contributions,that include improved upper bounds as well as lower bounds that establish optimality guarantees, are asfollows:First, we consider Dyck reachability on bidirected graphs, which is the standard way of performing field-sensitive points-to analysis. Given a bidirected graph withnnodes andmedges, we present: (i) an algorithmwith worst-case running timeO(m+n·α(n)), whereα(n)is the inverse Ackermann function, improving thepreviously knownO(n2)time bound; (ii) a matching lower bound that shows that our algorithm is optimalwrt to worst-case complexity; and (iii) an optimal average-case upper bound ofO(m)time, improving thepreviously knownO(m·logn)bound.Second, we consider the problem of context-sensitive data-dependence analysis, where the task is to obtainanalysis summaries of library code in the presence of callbacks. Our algorithm preprocesses libraries in almostlinear time, after which the contribution of the library in the complexity of the client analysis is only linear,and only wrt the number of call sites.Third, we prove that combinatorial algorithms for Dyck reachability on general graphs with truly sub-cubic bounds cannot be obtained without obtaining sub-cubic combinatorial algorithms for Boolean MatrixMultiplication, which is a long-standing open problem. Thus we establish that the existing combinatorialalgorithms for Dyck reachability are (conditionally) optimal for general graphs. We also show that the samehardness holds for graphs of constant treewidth.Finally, we provide a prototype implementation of our algorithms for both alias analysis and data-dependenceanalysis. Our experimental evaluation demonstrates that the new algorithms significantly outperform allexisting methods on the two problems, over real-world benchmarks.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Choudhary, Bhavya
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
ID - 5455
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Optimal Dyck reachability for data-dependence and alias analysis
ER -
TY - GEN
AB - We present a new dynamic partial-order reduction method for stateless model checking of concurrent programs. A common approach for exploring program behaviors relies on enumerating the traces of the program, without storing the visited states (aka stateless exploration). As the number of distinct traces grows exponentially, dynamic partial-order reduction (DPOR) techniques have been successfully used to partition the space of traces into equivalence classes (Mazurkiewicz partitioning), with the goal of exploring only few representative traces from each class.
We introduce a new equivalence on traces under sequential consistency semantics, which we call the observation equivalence. Two traces are observationally equivalent if every read event observes the same write event in both traces. While the traditional Mazurkiewicz equivalence is control-centric, our new definition is data-centric. We show that our observation equivalence is coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in many cases even exponentially coarser. We devise a DPOR exploration of the trace space, called data-centric DPOR, based on the observation equivalence.
1. For acyclic architectures, our algorithm is guaranteed to explore exactly one representative trace from each observation class, while spending polynomial time per class. Hence, our algorithm is optimal wrt the observation equivalence, and in several cases explores exponentially fewer traces than any enumerative method based on the Mazurkiewicz equivalence.
2. For cyclic architectures, we consider an equivalence between traces which is finer than the observation equivalence; but coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in some cases is exponentially coarser. Our data-centric DPOR algorithm remains optimal under this trace equivalence.
Finally, we perform a basic experimental comparison between the existing Mazurkiewicz-based DPOR and our data-centric DPOR on a set of academic benchmarks. Our results show a significant reduction in both running time and the number of explored equivalence classes.
AU - Chalupa, Marek
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
AU - Sinha, Nishant
AU - Vaidya, Kapil
ID - 5456
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Data-centric dynamic partial order reduction
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TY - JOUR
AB - In this work maximum entropy distributions in the space of steady states of metabolic networks are considered upon constraining the first and second moments of the growth rate. Coexistence of fast and slow phenotypes, with bimodal flux distributions, emerges upon considering control on the average growth (optimization) and its fluctuations (heterogeneity). This is applied to the carbon catabolic core of Escherichia coli where it quantifies the metabolic activity of slow growing phenotypes and it provides a quantitative map with metabolic fluxes, opening the possibility to detect coexistence from flux data. A preliminary analysis on data for E. coli cultures in standard conditions shows degeneracy for the inferred parameters that extend in the coexistence region.
AU - De Martino, Daniele
ID - 548
IS - 6
JF - Physical Review E
SN - 24700045
TI - Maximum entropy modeling of metabolic networks by constraining growth-rate moments predicts coexistence of phenotypes
VL - 96
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Model checking is usually based on a comprehensive traversal of the state space. Causality-based model checking is a radically different approach that instead analyzes the cause-effect relationships in a program. We give an overview on a new class of model checking algorithms that capture the causal relationships in a special data structure called concurrent traces. Concurrent traces identify key events in an execution history and link them through their cause-effect relationships. The model checker builds a tableau of concurrent traces, where the case splits represent different causal explanations of a hypothetical error. Causality-based model checking has been implemented in the ARCTOR tool, and applied to previously intractable multi-threaded benchmarks.
AU - Finkbeiner, Bernd
AU - Kupriyanov, Andrey
ID - 549
SN - 20752180
T2 - Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science
TI - Causality-based model checking
VL - 259
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - For large random matrices X with independent, centered entries but not necessarily identical variances, the eigenvalue density of XX* is well-approximated by a deterministic measure on ℝ. We show that the density of this measure has only square and cubic-root singularities away from zero. We also extend the bulk local law in [5] to the vicinity of these singularities.
AU - Alt, Johannes
ID - 550
JF - Electronic Communications in Probability
SN - 1083589X
TI - Singularities of the density of states of random Gram matrices
VL - 22
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Evolutionary graph theory studies the evolutionary dynamics in a population structure given as a connected graph. Each node of the graph represents an individual of the population, and edges determine how offspring are placed. We consider the classical birth-death Moran process where there are two types of individuals, namely, the residents with fitness 1 and mutants with fitness r. The fitness indicates the reproductive strength. The evolutionary dynamics happens as follows: in the initial step, in a population of all resident individuals a mutant is introduced, and then at each step, an individual is chosen proportional to the fitness of its type to reproduce, and the offspring replaces a neighbor uniformly at random. The process stops when all individuals are either residents or mutants. The probability that all individuals in the end are mutants is called the fixation probability, which is a key factor in the rate of evolution. We consider the problem of approximating the fixation probability. The class of algorithms that is extremely relevant for approximation of the fixation probabilities is the Monte-Carlo simulation of the process. Previous results present a polynomial-time Monte-Carlo algorithm for undirected graphs when r is given in unary. First, we present a simple modification: instead of simulating each step, we discard ineffective steps, where no node changes type (i.e., either residents replace residents, or mutants replace mutants). Using the above simple modification and our result that the number of effective steps is concentrated around the expected number of effective steps, we present faster polynomial-time Monte-Carlo algorithms for undirected graphs. Our algorithms are always at least a factor O(n2/ log n) faster as compared to the previous algorithms, where n is the number of nodes, and is polynomial even if r is given in binary. We also present lower bounds showing that the upper bound on the expected number of effective steps we present is asymptotically tight for undirected graphs.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 551
SN - 978-395977046-0
T2 - Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
TI - Faster Monte Carlo algorithms for fixation probability of the Moran process on undirected graphs
VL - 83
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider two player, zero-sum, finite-state concurrent reachability games, played for an infinite number of rounds, where in every round, each player simultaneously and independently of the other players chooses an action, whereafter the successor state is determined by a probability distribution given by the current state and the chosen actions. Player 1 wins iff a designated goal state is eventually visited. We are interested in the complexity of stationary strategies measured by their patience, which is defined as the inverse of the smallest non-zero probability employed. Our main results are as follows: We show that: (i) the optimal bound on the patience of optimal and -optimal strategies, for both players is doubly exponential; and (ii) even in games with a single non-absorbing state exponential (in the number of actions) patience is necessary.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Hansen, Kristofer
AU - Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus
ID - 553
SN - 978-395977046-0
T2 - Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
TI - Strategy complexity of concurrent safety games
VL - 83
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - PURPOSE. Gene therapy of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) has promise as a powerful therapeutic for the rescue and regeneration of these cells after optic nerve damage. However, early after damage, RGCs undergo atrophic changes, including gene silencing. It is not known if these changes will deleteriously affect transduction and transgene expression, or if the therapeutic protein can influence reactivation of the endogenous genome. METHODS. Double-transgenic mice carrying a Rosa26-(LoxP)-tdTomato reporter, and a mutant allele for the proapoptotic Bax gene were reared. The Bax mutant blocks apoptosis, but RGCs still exhibit nuclear atrophy and gene silencing. At times ranging from 1 hour to 4 weeks after optic nerve crush (ONC), eyes received an intravitreal injection of AAV2 virus carrying the Cre recombinase. Successful transduction was monitored by expression of the tdTomato reporter. Immunostaining was used to localize tdTomato expression in select cell types. RESULTS. Successful transduction of RGCs was achieved at all time points after ONC using AAV2 expressing Cre from the phosphoglycerate kinase (Pgk) promoter, but not the CMV promoter. ONC promoted an increase in the transduction of cell types in the inner nuclear layer, including Müller cells and rod bipolar neurons. There was minimal evidence of transduction of amacrine cells and astrocytes in the inner retina or optic nerve. CONCLUSIONS. Damaged RGCs can be transduced and at least some endogenous genes can be subsequently activated. Optic nerve damage may change retinal architecture to allow greater penetration of an AAV2 virus to transduce several additional cell types in the inner nuclear layer.
AU - Nickells, Robert
AU - Schmitt, Heather
AU - Maes, Margaret E
AU - Schlamp, Cassandra
ID - 557
IS - 14
JF - Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
SN - 01460404
TI - AAV2 mediated transduction of the mouse retina after optic nerve injury
VL - 58
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Immune specificity is the degree to which a host’s immune system discriminates among various pathogens or antigenic variants. Vertebrate immune memory is highly specific due to antibody responses. On the other hand, some invertebrates show immune priming, i.e. improved survival after secondary exposure to a previously encountered pathogen. Until now, specificity of priming has only been demonstrated via the septic infection route or when live pathogens were used for priming. Therefore, we tested for specificity in the oral priming route in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. For priming, we used pathogen-free supernatants derived from three different strains of the entomopathogen, Bacillus thuringiensis, which express different Cry toxin variants known for their toxicity against this beetle. Subsequent exposure to the infective spores showed that oral priming was specific for two naturally occurring strains, while a third engineered strain did not induce any priming effect. Our data demonstrate that oral immune priming with a non-infectious bacterial agent can be specific, but the priming effect is not universal across all bacterial strains.
AU - Futo, Momir
AU - Sell, Marie
AU - Kutzer, Megan
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
ID - 558
IS - 12
JF - Biology Letters
SN - 17449561
TI - Specificity of oral immune priming in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum
VL - 13
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Proofs of space (PoS) were suggested as more ecological and economical alternative to proofs of work, which are currently used in blockchain designs like Bitcoin. The existing PoS are based on rather sophisticated graph pebbling lower bounds. Much simpler and in several aspects more efficient schemes based on inverting random functions have been suggested, but they don’t give meaningful security guarantees due to existing time-memory trade-offs. In particular, Hellman showed that any permutation over a domain of size N can be inverted in time T by an algorithm that is given S bits of auxiliary information whenever (Formula presented). For functions Hellman gives a weaker attack with S2· T≈ N2 (e.g., S= T≈ N2/3). To prove lower bounds, one considers an adversary who has access to an oracle f: [ N] → [N] and can make T oracle queries. The best known lower bound is S· T∈ Ω(N) and holds for random functions and permutations. We construct functions that provably require more time and/or space to invert. Specifically, for any constant k we construct a function [N] → [N] that cannot be inverted unless Sk· T∈ Ω(Nk) (in particular, S= T≈ (Formula presented). Our construction does not contradict Hellman’s time-memory trade-off, because it cannot be efficiently evaluated in forward direction. However, its entire function table can be computed in time quasilinear in N, which is sufficient for the PoS application. Our simplest construction is built from a random function oracle g: [N] × [N] → [ N] and a random permutation oracle f: [N] → N] and is defined as h(x) = g(x, x′) where f(x) = π(f(x′)) with π being any involution without a fixed point, e.g. flipping all the bits. For this function we prove that any adversary who gets S bits of auxiliary information, makes at most T oracle queries, and inverts h on an ϵ fraction of outputs must satisfy S2· T∈ Ω(ϵ2N2).
AU - Abusalah, Hamza M
AU - Alwen, Joel F
AU - Cohen, Bram
AU - Khilko, Danylo
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Reyzin, Leonid
ID - 559
SN - 978-331970696-2
TI - Beyond Hellman’s time-memory trade-offs with applications to proofs of space
VL - 10625
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In a recent article (Jentzen et al. 2016 Commun. Math. Sci. 14, 1477–1500 (doi:10.4310/CMS.2016.v14. n6.a1)), it has been established that, for every arbitrarily slow convergence speed and every natural number d ? {4, 5, . . .}, there exist d-dimensional stochastic differential equations with infinitely often differentiable and globally bounded coefficients such that no approximation method based on finitely many observations of the driving Brownian motion can converge in absolute mean to the solution faster than the given speed of convergence. In this paper, we strengthen the above result by proving that this slow convergence phenomenon also arises in two (d = 2) and three (d = 3) space dimensions.
AU - Gerencser, Mate
AU - Jentzen, Arnulf
AU - Salimova, Diyora
ID - 560
IS - 2207
JF - Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
SN - 13645021
TI - On stochastic differential equations with arbitrarily slow convergence rates for strong approximation in two space dimensions
VL - 473
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study robust properties of zero sets of continuous maps f: X → ℝn. Formally, we analyze the family Z< r(f) := (g-1(0): ||g - f|| < r) of all zero sets of all continuous maps g closer to f than r in the max-norm. All of these sets are outside A := (x: |f(x)| ≥ r) and we claim that Z< r(f) is fully determined by A and an element of a certain cohomotopy group which (by a recent result) is computable whenever the dimension of X is at most 2n - 3. By considering all r > 0 simultaneously, the pointed cohomotopy groups form a persistence module-a structure leading to persistence diagrams as in the case of persistent homology or well groups. Eventually, we get a descriptor of persistent robust properties of zero sets that has better descriptive power (Theorem A) and better computability status (Theorem B) than the established well diagrams. Moreover, if we endow every point of each zero set with gradients of the perturbation, the robust description of the zero sets by elements of cohomotopy groups is in some sense the best possible (Theorem C).
AU - Franek, Peter
AU - Krcál, Marek
ID - 568
IS - 2
JF - Homology, Homotopy and Applications
SN - 15320073
TI - Persistence of zero sets
VL - 19
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The actomyosin ring generates force to ingress the cytokinetic cleavage furrow in animal cells, yet its filament organization and the mechanism of contractility is not well understood. We quantified actin filament order in human cells using fluorescence polarization microscopy and found that cleavage furrow ingression initiates by contraction of an equatorial actin network with randomly oriented filaments. The network subsequently gradually reoriented actin filaments along the cell equator. This strictly depended on myosin II activity, suggesting local network reorganization by mechanical forces. Cortical laser microsurgery revealed that during cytokinesis progression, mechanical tension increased substantially along the direction of the cell equator, while the network contracted laterally along the pole-to-pole axis without a detectable increase in tension. Our data suggest that an asymmetric increase in cortical tension promotes filament reorientation along the cytokinetic cleavage furrow, which might have implications for diverse other biological processes involving actomyosin rings.
AU - Spira, Felix
AU - Cuylen Haering, Sara
AU - Mehta, Shalin
AU - Samwer, Matthias
AU - Reversat, Anne
AU - Verma, Amitabh
AU - Oldenbourg, Rudolf
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Gerlich, Daniel
ID - 569
JF - eLife
SN - 2050084X
TI - Cytokinesis in vertebrate cells initiates by contraction of an equatorial actomyosin network composed of randomly oriented filaments
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Most phenotypes are determined by molecular systems composed of specifically interacting molecules. However, unlike for individual components, little is known about the distributions of mutational effects of molecular systems as a whole. We ask how the distribution of mutational effects of a transcriptional regulatory system differs from the distributions of its components, by first independently, and then simultaneously, mutating a transcription factor and the associated promoter it represses. We find that the system distribution exhibits increased phenotypic variation compared to individual component distributions - an effect arising from intermolecular epistasis between the transcription factor and its DNA-binding site. In large part, this epistasis can be qualitatively attributed to the structure of the transcriptional regulatory system and could therefore be a common feature in prokaryotes. Counter-intuitively, intermolecular epistasis can alleviate the constraints of individual components, thereby increasing phenotypic variation that selection could act on and facilitating adaptive evolution.
AU - Lagator, Mato
AU - Sarikas, Srdjan
AU - Acar, Hande
AU - Bollback, Jonathan P
AU - Guet, Calin C
ID - 570
JF - eLife
SN - 2050084X
TI - Regulatory network structure determines patterns of intermolecular epistasis
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Blood platelets are critical for hemostasis and thrombosis and play diverse roles during immune responses. Despite these versatile tasks in mammalian biology, their skills on a cellular level are deemed limited, mainly consisting in rolling, adhesion, and aggregate formation. Here, we identify an unappreciated asset of platelets and show that adherent platelets use adhesion receptors to mechanically probe the adhesive substrate in their local microenvironment. When actomyosin-dependent traction forces overcome substrate resistance, platelets migrate and pile up the adhesive substrate together with any bound particulate material. They use this ability to act as cellular scavengers, scanning the vascular surface for potential invaders and collecting deposited bacteria. Microbe collection by migrating platelets boosts the activity of professional phagocytes, exacerbating inflammatory tissue injury in sepsis. This assigns platelets a central role in innate immune responses and identifies them as potential targets to dampen inflammatory tissue damage in clinical scenarios of severe systemic infection. In addition to their role in thrombosis and hemostasis, platelets can also migrate to sites of infection to help trap bacteria and clear the vascular surface.
AU - Gärtner, Florian R
AU - Ahmad, Zerkah
AU - Rosenberger, Gerhild
AU - Fan, Shuxia
AU - Nicolai, Leo
AU - Busch, Benjamin
AU - Yavuz, Gökce
AU - Luckner, Manja
AU - Ishikawa Ankerhold, Hellen
AU - Hennel, Roman
AU - Benechet, Alexandre
AU - Lorenz, Michael
AU - Chandraratne, Sue
AU - Schubert, Irene
AU - Helmer, Sebastian
AU - Striednig, Bianca
AU - Stark, Konstantin
AU - Janko, Marek
AU - Böttcher, Ralph
AU - Verschoor, Admar
AU - Leon, Catherine
AU - Gachet, Christian
AU - Gudermann, Thomas
AU - Mederos Y Schnitzler, Michael
AU - Pincus, Zachary
AU - Iannacone, Matteo
AU - Haas, Rainer
AU - Wanner, Gerhard
AU - Lauber, Kirsten
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Massberg, Steffen
ID - 571
IS - 6
JF - Cell Press
SN - 00928674
TI - Migrating platelets are mechano scavengers that collect and bundle bacteria
VL - 171
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this review, we summarize the different biosynthesis-related pathways that contribute to the regulation of endogenous auxin in plants. We demonstrate that all known genes involved in auxin biosynthesis also have a role in root formation, from the initiation of a root meristem during embryogenesis to the generation of a functional root system with a primary root, secondary lateral root branches and adventitious roots. Furthermore, the versatile adaptation of root development in response to environmental challenges is mediated by both local and distant control of auxin biosynthesis. In conclusion, auxin homeostasis mediated by spatial and temporal regulation of auxin biosynthesis plays a central role in determining root architecture.
AU - Olatunji, Damilola
AU - Geelen, Danny
AU - Verstraeten, Inge
ID - 572
IS - 12
JF - International Journal of Molecular Sciences
TI - Control of endogenous auxin levels in plant root development
VL - 18
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - Different distance metrics produce Voronoi diagrams with different properties. It is a well-known that on the (real) 2D plane or even on any 3D plane, a Voronoi diagram (VD) based on the Euclidean distance metric produces convex Voronoi regions. In this paper, we first show that this metric produces a persistent VD on the 2D digital plane, as it comprises digitally convex Voronoi regions and hence correctly approximates the corresponding VD on the 2D real plane. Next, we show that on a 3D digital plane D, the Euclidean metric spanning over its voxel set does not guarantee a digital VD which is persistent with the real-space VD. As a solution, we introduce a novel concept of functional-plane-convexity, which is ensured by the Euclidean metric spanning over the pedal set of D. Necessary proofs and some visual result have been provided to adjudge the merit and usefulness of the proposed concept.
AU - Biswas, Ranita
AU - Bhowmick, Partha
ID - 5803
SN - 0302-9743
T2 - Combinatorial image analysis
TI - Construction of persistent Voronoi diagram on 3D digital plane
VL - 10256
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The first hundred attoseconds of the electron dynamics during strong field tunneling ionization are investigated. We quantify theoretically how the electron’s classical trajectories in the continuum emerge from the tunneling process and test the results with those achieved in parallel from attoclock measurements. An especially high sensitivity on the tunneling barrier is accomplished here by comparing the momentum distributions of two atomic species of slightly deviating atomic potentials (argon and krypton) being ionized under absolutely identical conditions with near-infrared laser pulses (1300 nm). The agreement between experiment and theory provides clear evidence for a nonzero tunneling time delay and a nonvanishing longitudinal momentum of the electron at the “tunnel exit.”
AU - Camus, Nicolas
AU - Yakaboylu, Enderalp
AU - Fechner, Lutz
AU - Klaiber, Michael
AU - Laux, Martin
AU - Mi, Yonghao
AU - Hatsagortsyan, Karen Z.
AU - Pfeifer, Thomas
AU - Keitel, Christoph H.
AU - Moshammer, Robert
ID - 6013
IS - 2
JF - Physical Review Letters
SN - 0031-9007
TI - Experimental evidence for quantum tunneling time
VL - 119
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - In several settings of physics and chemistry one has to deal with molecules interacting with some kind of an external environment, be it a gas, a solution, or a crystal surface. Understanding molecular processes in the presence of such a many-particle bath is inherently challenging, and usually requires large-scale numerical computations. Here, we present an alternative approach to the problem, based on the notion of the angulon quasiparticle. We show that molecules rotating inside superfluid helium nanodroplets and Bose–Einstein condensates form angulons, and therefore can be described by straightforward solutions of a simple microscopic Hamiltonian. Casting the problem in the language of angulons allows us not only to greatly simplify it, but also to gain insights into the origins of the observed phenomena and to make predictions for future experimental studies.
AU - Lemeshko, Mikhail
AU - Schmidt, Richard
ED - Dulieu, Oliver
ED - Osterwalder, Andreas
ID - 604
SN - 20413181
T2 - Cold Chemistry: Molecular Scattering and Reactivity Near Absolute Zero
TI - Molecular impurities interacting with a many-particle environment: From ultracold gases to helium nanodroplets
VL - 11
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TY - CONF
AB - Position based cryptography (PBC), proposed in the seminal work of Chandran, Goyal, Moriarty, and Ostrovsky (SIAM J. Computing, 2014), aims at constructing cryptographic schemes in which the identity of the user is his geographic position. Chandran et al. construct PBC schemes for secure positioning and position-based key agreement in the bounded-storage model (Maurer, J. Cryptology, 1992). Apart from bounded memory, their security proofs need a strong additional restriction on the power of the adversary: he cannot compute joint functions of his inputs. Removing this assumption is left as an open problem. We show that an answer to this question would resolve a long standing open problem in multiparty communication complexity: finding a function that is hard to compute with low communication complexity in the simultaneous message model, but easy to compute in the fully adaptive model. On a more positive side: we also show some implications in the other direction, i.e.: we prove that lower bounds on the communication complexity of certain multiparty problems imply existence of PBC primitives. Using this result we then show two attractive ways to “bypass” our hardness result: the first uses the random oracle model, the second weakens the locality requirement in the bounded-storage model to online computability. The random oracle construction is arguably one of the simplest proposed so far in this area. Our results indicate that constructing improved provably secure protocols for PBC requires a better understanding of multiparty communication complexity. This is yet another example where negative results in one area (in our case: lower bounds in multiparty communication complexity) can be used to construct secure cryptographic schemes.
AU - Brody, Joshua
AU - Dziembowski, Stefan
AU - Faust, Sebastian
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
ED - Kalai, Yael
ED - Reyzin, Leonid
ID - 605
SN - 978-331970499-9
TI - Position based cryptography and multiparty communication complexity
VL - 10677
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - De, Trevisan and Tulsiani [CRYPTO 2010] show that every distribution over n-bit strings which has constant statistical distance to uniform (e.g., the output of a pseudorandom generator mapping n-1 to n bit strings), can be distinguished from the uniform distribution with advantage epsilon by a circuit of size O( 2^n epsilon^2). We generalize this result, showing that a distribution which has less than k bits of min-entropy, can be distinguished from any distribution with k bits of delta-smooth min-entropy with advantage epsilon by a circuit of size O(2^k epsilon^2/delta^2). As a special case, this implies that any distribution with support at most 2^k (e.g., the output of a pseudoentropy generator mapping k to n bit strings) can be distinguished from any given distribution with min-entropy k+1 with advantage epsilon by a circuit of size O(2^k epsilon^2). Our result thus shows that pseudoentropy distributions face basically the same non-uniform attacks as pseudorandom distributions.
AU - Pietrzak, Krzysztof Z
AU - Skórski, Maciej
ID - 697
SN - 18688969
TI - Non uniform attacks against pseudoentropy
VL - 80
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Extracellular matrix signals from the microenvironment regulate gene expression patterns and cell behavior. Using a combination of experiments and geometric models, we demonstrate correlations between cell geometry, three-dimensional (3D) organization of chromosome territories, and gene expression. Fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments showed that micropatterned fibroblasts cultured on anisotropic versus isotropic substrates resulted in repositioning of specific chromosomes, which contained genes that were differentially regulated by cell geometries. Experiments combined with ellipsoid packing models revealed that the mechanosensitivity of chromosomes was correlated with their orientation in the nucleus. Transcription inhibition experiments suggested that the intermingling degree was more sensitive to global changes in transcription than to chromosome radial positioning and its orientations. These results suggested that cell geometry modulated 3D chromosome arrangement, and their neighborhoods correlated with gene expression patterns in a predictable manner. This is central to understanding geometric control of genetic programs involved in cellular homeostasis and the associated diseases.
AU - Wang, Yejun
AU - Nagarajan, Mallika
AU - Uhler, Caroline
AU - Shivashankar, Gv
ID - 698
IS - 14
JF - Molecular Biology of the Cell
SN - 10591524
TI - Orientation and repositioning of chromosomes correlate with cell geometry dependent gene expression
VL - 28
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In antagonistic symbioses, such as host–parasite interactions, one population’s success is the other’s loss. In mutualistic symbioses, such as division of labor, both parties can gain, but they might have different preferences over the possible mutualistic arrangements. The rates of evolution of the two populations in a symbiosis are important determinants of which population will be more successful: Faster evolution is thought to be favored in antagonistic symbioses (the “Red Queen effect”), but disfavored in certain mutualistic symbioses (the “Red King effect”). However, it remains unclear which biological parameters drive these effects. Here, we analyze the effects of the various determinants of evolutionary rate: generation time, mutation rate, population size, and the intensity of natural selection. Our main results hold for the case where mutation is infrequent. Slower evolution causes a long-term advantage in an important class of mutualistic interactions. Surprisingly, less intense selection is the strongest driver of this Red King effect, whereas relative mutation rates and generation times have little effect. In antagonistic interactions, faster evolution by any means is beneficial. Our results provide insight into the demographic evolution of symbionts.
AU - Veller, Carl
AU - Hayward, Laura
AU - Nowak, Martin
AU - Hilbe, Christian
ID - 699
IS - 27
JF - PNAS
SN - 00278424
TI - The red queen and king in finite populations
VL - 114
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Microtubules provide the mechanical force required for chromosome separation during mitosis. However, little is known about the dynamic (high-frequency) mechanical properties of microtubules. Here, we theoretically propose to control the vibrations of a doubly clamped microtubule by tip electrodes and to detect its motion via the optomechanical coupling between the vibrational modes of the microtubule and an optical cavity. In the presence of a red-detuned strong pump laser, this coupling leads to optomechanical-induced transparency of an optical probe field, which can be detected with state-of-the art technology. The center frequency and line width of the transparency peak give the resonance frequency and damping rate of the microtubule, respectively, while the height of the peak reveals information about the microtubule-cavity field coupling. Our method opens the new possibilities to gain information about the physical properties of microtubules, which will enhance our capability to design physical cancer treatment protocols as alternatives to chemotherapeutic drugs.
AU - Barzanjeh, Shabir
AU - Salari, Vahid
AU - Tuszynski, Jack
AU - Cifra, Michal
AU - Simon, Christoph
ID - 700
IS - 1
JF - Physical Review E Statistical Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
SN - 24700045
TI - Optomechanical proposal for monitoring microtubule mechanical vibrations
VL - 96
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A d-dimensional simplex S is called a k-reptile (or a k-reptile simplex) if it can be tiled by k simplices with disjoint interiors that are all mutually congruent and similar to S. For d = 2, triangular k-reptiles exist for all k of the form a^2, 3a^2 or a^2+b^2 and they have been completely characterized by Snover, Waiveris, and Williams. On the other hand, the only k-reptile simplices that are known for d ≥ 3, have k = m^d, where m is a positive integer. We substantially simplify the proof by Matoušek and the second author that for d = 3, k-reptile tetrahedra can exist only for k = m^3. We then prove a weaker analogue of this result for d = 4 by showing that four-dimensional k-reptile simplices can exist only for k = m^2.
AU - Kynčl, Jan
AU - Patakova, Zuzana
ID - 701
IS - 3
JF - The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics
SN - 10778926
TI - On the nonexistence of k reptile simplices in ℝ^3 and ℝ^4
VL - 24
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Leading autism-associated mutation in mouse partially mimics human disorder.
AU - Novarino, Gaia
ID - 702
IS - 399
JF - Science Translational Medicine
SN - 19466234
TI - The riddle of CHD8 haploinsufficiency in autism spectrum disorder
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A hippocampal mossy fiber synapse has a complex structure and is implicated in learning and memory. In this synapse, the mossy fiber boutons attach to the dendritic shaft by puncta adherentia junctions and wrap around a multiply-branched spine, forming synaptic junctions. We have recently shown using transmission electron microscopy, immunoelectron microscopy and serial block face-scanning electron microscopy that atypical puncta adherentia junctions are formed in the afadin-deficient mossy fiber synapse and that the complexity of postsynaptic spines and mossy fiber boutons, the number of spine heads, the area of postsynaptic densities and the density of synaptic vesicles docked to active zones are decreased in the afadin-deficient synapse. We investigated here the roles of afadin in the functional differentiations of the mossy fiber synapse using the afadin-deficient mice. The electrophysiological studies showed that both the release probability of glutamate and the postsynaptic responsiveness to glutamate were markedly reduced, but not completely lost, in the afadin-deficient mossy fiber synapse, whereas neither long-term potentiation nor long-term depression was affected. These results indicate that afadin plays roles in the functional differentiations of the presynapse and the postsynapse of the hippocampal mossy fiber synapse.
AU - Geng, Xiaoqi
AU - Maruo, Tomohiko
AU - Mandai, Kenji
AU - Supriyanto, Irwan
AU - Miyata, Muneaki
AU - Sakakibara, Shotaro
AU - Mizoguchi, Akira
AU - Takai, Yoshimi
AU - Mori, Masahiro
ID - 706
IS - 8
JF - Genes to Cells
SN - 13569597
TI - Roles of afadin in functional differentiations of hippocampal mossy fiber synapse
VL - 22
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We answer a question of M. Gromov on the waist of the unit ball.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Karasev, Roman
ID - 707
IS - 4
JF - Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society
SN - 00246093
TI - A tight estimate for the waist of the ball
VL - 49
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In the developing and adult brain, oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) are influenced by neuronal activity: they are involved in synaptic signaling with neurons, and their proliferation and differentiation into myelinating glia can be altered by transient changes in neuronal firing. An important question that has been unanswered is whether OPCs can discriminate different patterns of neuronal activity and respond to them in a distinct way. Here, we demonstrate in brain slices that the pattern of neuronal activity determines the functional changes triggered at synapses between axons and OPCs. Furthermore, we show that stimulation of the corpus callosum at different frequencies in vivo affects proliferation and differentiation of OPCs in a dissimilar way. Our findings suggest that neurons do not influence OPCs in “all-or-none” fashion but use their firing pattern to tune the response and behavior of these nonneuronal cells.
AU - Nagy, Balint
AU - Hovhannisyan, Anahit
AU - Barzan, Ruxandra
AU - Chen, Ting
AU - Kukley, Maria
ID - 708
IS - 8
JF - PLoS Biology
SN - 15449173
TI - Different patterns of neuronal activity trigger distinct responses of oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the corpus callosum
VL - 15
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Adipose tissues play key roles in energy homeostasis. Brown adipocytes and beige adipocytes in white adipose tissue (WAT) share the similar characters of thermogenesis, both of them could be potential targets for obesity management. Several thermo-sensitive transient receptor potential channels (thermoTRPs) are shown to be involved in adipocyte biology. However, the expression pattern of thermoTRPs in adipose tissues from obese mice is still unknown. The mRNA expression of thermoTRPs in subcutaneous WAT (sWAT) and interscapular brown adipose tissue (iBAT) from lean and obese mice were measured using reverse transcriptase-quantitative PCRs (RT-qPCR). The results demonstrated that all 10 thermoTRPs are expressed in both iBAT and sWAT, and without significant difference in the mRNA expression level of thermoTRPs between these two tissues. Moreover, Trpv1 and Trpv3 mRNA expression levels in both iBAT and sWAT were significantly decreased in high fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice and db/db (leptin receptor deficient) mice. Trpm2 mRNA expression level was significantly decreased only in sWAT from HFD-induced obese mice and db/db mice. On the other hand, Trpv2 and Trpv4 mRNA expression levels in iBAT and sWAT were significantly increased in HFD-induced obese mice and db/db mice. Taken together, we conclude that all 10 thermoTRPs are expressed in iBAT and sWAT. And several thermoTRPs differentially expressed in adipose tissues from HFD-induced obese mice and db/db mice, suggesting a potential involvement in anti-obesity regulations.
AU - Sun, Wuping
AU - Li, Chen
AU - Zhang, Yonghong
AU - Jiang, Changyu
AU - Zhai, Ming-Zhu
AU - Zhou, Qian
AU - Xiao, Lizu
AU - Deng, Qiwen
ID - 709
IS - 8
JF - Cell Biology International
SN - 10656995
TI - Gene expression changes of thermo sensitive transient receptor potential channels in obese mice
VL - 41
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We revisit the problem of estimating entropy of discrete distributions from independent samples, studied recently by Acharya, Orlitsky, Suresh and Tyagi (SODA 2015), improving their upper and lower bounds on the necessary sample size n. For estimating Renyi entropy of order alpha, up to constant accuracy and error probability, we show the following * Upper bounds n = O(1) 2^{(1-1/alpha)H_alpha} for integer alpha>1, as the worst case over distributions with Renyi entropy equal to H_alpha. * Lower bounds n = Omega(1) K^{1-1/alpha} for any real alpha>1, with the constant being an inverse polynomial of the accuracy, as the worst case over all distributions on K elements. Our upper bounds essentially replace the alphabet size by a factor exponential in the entropy, which offers improvements especially in low or medium entropy regimes (interesting for example in anomaly detection). As for the lower bounds, our proof explicitly shows how the complexity depends on both alphabet and accuracy, partially solving the open problem posted in previous works. The argument for upper bounds derives a clean identity for the variance of falling-power sum of a multinomial distribution. Our approach for lower bounds utilizes convex optimization to find a distribution with possibly worse estimation performance, and may be of independent interest as a tool to work with Le Cam’s two point method.
AU - Obremski, Maciej
AU - Skórski, Maciej
ID - 710
SN - 18688969
TI - Renyi entropy estimation revisited
VL - 81
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Nested weighted automata (NWA) present a robust and convenient automata-theoretic formalism for quantitative specifications. Previous works have considered NWA that processed input words only in the forward direction. It is natural to allow the automata to process input words backwards as well, for example, to measure the maximal or average time between a response and the preceding request. We therefore introduce and study bidirectional NWA that can process input words in both directions. First, we show that bidirectional NWA can express interesting quantitative properties that are not expressible by forward-only NWA. Second, for the fundamental decision problems of emptiness and universality, we establish decidability and complexity results for the new framework which match the best-known results for the special case of forward-only NWA. Thus, for NWA, the increased expressiveness of bidirectionality is achieved at no additional computational complexity. This is in stark contrast to the unweighted case, where bidirectional finite automata are no more expressive but exponentially more succinct than their forward-only counterparts.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Otop, Jan
ID - 711
SN - 18688969
TI - Bidirectional nested weighted automata
VL - 85
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We establish a weak–strong uniqueness principle for solutions to entropy-dissipating reaction–diffusion equations: As long as a strong solution to the reaction–diffusion equation exists, any weak solution and even any renormalized solution must coincide with this strong solution. Our assumptions on the reaction rates are just the entropy condition and local Lipschitz continuity; in particular, we do not impose any growth restrictions on the reaction rates. Therefore, our result applies to any single reversible reaction with mass-action kinetics as well as to systems of reversible reactions with mass-action kinetics satisfying the detailed balance condition. Renormalized solutions are known to exist globally in time for reaction–diffusion equations with entropy-dissipating reaction rates; in contrast, the global-in-time existence of weak solutions is in general still an open problem–even for smooth data–, thereby motivating the study of renormalized solutions. The key ingredient of our result is a careful adjustment of the usual relative entropy functional, whose evolution cannot be controlled properly for weak solutions or renormalized solutions.
AU - Fischer, Julian L
ID - 712
JF - Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications
SN - 0362546X
TI - Weak–strong uniqueness of solutions to entropy dissipating reaction–diffusion equations
VL - 159
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - To determine the dynamics of allelic-specific expression during mouse development, we analyzed RNA-seq data from 23 F1 tissues from different developmental stages, including 19 female tissues allowing X chromosome inactivation (XCI) escapers to also be detected. We demonstrate that allelic expression arising from genetic or epigenetic differences is highly tissue-specific. We find that tissue-specific strain-biased gene expression may be regulated by tissue-specific enhancers or by post-transcriptional differences in stability between the alleles. We also find that escape from X-inactivation is tissue-specific, with leg muscle showing an unexpectedly high rate of XCI escapers. By surveying a range of tissues during development, and performing extensive validation, we are able to provide a high confidence list of mouse imprinted genes including 18 novel genes. This shows that cluster size varies dynamically during development and can be substantially larger than previously thought, with the Igf2r cluster extending over 10 Mb in placenta.
AU - Andergassen, Daniel
AU - Dotter, Christoph
AU - Wenzel, Dyniel
AU - Sigl, Verena
AU - Bammer, Philipp
AU - Muckenhuber, Markus
AU - Mayer, Daniela
AU - Kulinski, Tomasz
AU - Theussl, Hans
AU - Penninger, Josef
AU - Bock, Christoph
AU - Barlow, Denise
AU - Pauler, Florian
AU - Hudson, Quanah
ID - 713
JF - eLife
SN - 2050084X
TI - Mapping the mouse Allelome reveals tissue specific regulation of allelic expression
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background HIV-1 infection and drug abuse are frequently co-morbid and their association greatly increases the severity of HIV-1-induced neuropathology. While nucleus accumbens (NAcc) function is severely perturbed by drugs of abuse, little is known about how HIV-1 infection affects NAcc. Methods We used calcium and voltage imaging to investigate the effect of HIV-1 trans-activator of transcription (Tat) on rat NAcc. Based on previous neuronal studies, we hypothesized that Tat modulates intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis of NAcc neurons. Results We provide evidence that Tat triggers a Ca2+ signaling cascade in NAcc medium spiny neurons (MSN) expressing D1-like dopamine receptors leading to neuronal depolarization. Firstly, Tat induced inositol 1,4,5-trisphsophate (IP3) receptor-mediated Ca2+ release from endoplasmic reticulum, followed by Ca2+ and Na+ influx via transient receptor potential canonical channels. The influx of cations depolarizes the membrane promoting additional Ca2+ entry through voltage-gated P/Q-type Ca2+ channels and opening of tetrodotoxin-sensitive Na+ channels. By activating this mechanism, Tat elicits a feed-forward depolarization increasing the excitability of D1-phosphatidylinositol-linked NAcc MSN. We previously found that cocaine targets NAcc neurons directly (independent of the inhibition of dopamine transporter) only when IP3-generating mechanisms are concomitantly initiated. When tested here, cocaine produced a dose-dependent potentiation of the effect of Tat on cytosolic Ca2+. Conclusion We describe for the first time a HIV-1 Tat-triggered Ca2+ signaling in MSN of NAcc involving TRPC and depolarization and a potentiation of the effect of Tat by cocaine, which may be relevant for the reward axis in cocaine-abusing HIV-1-positive patients.
AU - Brailoiu, Gabriela
AU - Deliu, Elena
AU - Barr, Jeffrey
AU - Console Bram, Linda
AU - Ciuciu, Alexandra
AU - Abood, Mary
AU - Unterwald, Ellen
AU - Brǎiloiu, Eugen
ID - 714
JF - Drug and Alcohol Dependence
SN - 03768716
TI - HIV Tat excites D1 receptor-like expressing neurons from rat nucleus accumbens
VL - 178
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - D-cycloserine ameliorates breathing abnormalities and survival rate in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.
AU - Novarino, Gaia
ID - 715
IS - 405
JF - Science Translational Medicine
SN - 19466234
TI - More excitation for Rett syndrome
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Two-player games on graphs are central in many problems in formal verification and program analysis, such as synthesis and verification of open systems. In this work, we consider solving recursive game graphs (or pushdown game graphs) that model the control flow of sequential programs with recursion.While pushdown games have been studied before with qualitative objectives-such as reachability and ?-regular objectives- in this work, we study for the first time such games with the most well-studied quantitative objective, the mean-payoff objective. In pushdown games, two types of strategies are relevant: (1) global strategies, which depend on the entire global history; and (2) modular strategies, which have only local memory and thus do not depend on the context of invocation but rather only on the history of the current invocation of the module. Our main results are as follows: (1) One-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under global strategies are decidable in polynomial time. (2) Two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under global strategies are undecidable. (3) One-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies are NP-hard. (4) Two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies can be solved in NP (i.e., both one-player and two-player pushdown games with mean-payoff objectives under modular strategies are NP-complete). We also establish the optimal strategy complexity by showing that global strategies for mean-payoff objectives require infinite memory even in one-player pushdown games and memoryless modular strategies are sufficient in two-player pushdown games. Finally, we also show that all the problems have the same complexity if the stack boundedness condition is added, where along with the mean-payoff objective the player must also ensure that the stack height is bounded.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Velner, Yaron
ID - 716
IS - 5
JF - Journal of the ACM
SN - 00045411
TI - The complexity of mean-payoff pushdown games
VL - 64
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider finite-state and recursive game graphs with multidimensional mean-payoff objectives. In recursive games two types of strategies are relevant: global strategies and modular strategies. Our contributions are: (1) We show that finite-state multidimensional mean-payoff games can be solved in polynomial time if the number of dimensions and the maximal absolute value of weights are fixed; whereas for arbitrary dimensions the problem is coNP-complete. (2) We show that one-player recursive games with multidimensional mean-payoff objectives can be solved in polynomial time. Both above algorithms are based on hyperplane separation technique. (3) For recursive games we show that under modular strategies the multidimensional problem is undecidable. We show that if the number of modules, exits, and the maximal absolute value of the weights are fixed, then one-dimensional recursive mean-payoff games under modular strategies can be solved in polynomial time, whereas for unbounded number of exits or modules the problem is NP-hard.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Velner, Yaron
ID - 717
JF - Journal of Computer and System Sciences
TI - Hyperplane separation technique for multidimensional mean-payoff games
VL - 88
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Mapping every simplex in the Delaunay mosaic of a discrete point set to the radius of the smallest empty circumsphere gives a generalized discrete Morse function. Choosing the points from a Poisson point process in ℝ n , we study the expected number of simplices in the Delaunay mosaic as well as the expected number of critical simplices and nonsingular intervals in the corresponding generalized discrete gradient. Observing connections with other probabilistic models, we obtain precise expressions for the expected numbers in low dimensions. In particular, we obtain the expected numbers of simplices in the Poisson–Delaunay mosaic in dimensions n ≤ 4.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Nikitenko, Anton
AU - Reitzner, Matthias
ID - 718
IS - 3
JF - Advances in Applied Probability
SN - 00018678
TI - Expected sizes of poisson Delaunay mosaics and their discrete Morse functions
VL - 49
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TY - JOUR
AB - The ubiquity of computation in modern machines and devices imposes a need to assert the correctness of their behavior. Especially in the case of safety-critical systems, their designers need to take measures that enforce their safe operation. Formal methods has emerged as a research field that addresses this challenge: by rigorously proving that all system executions adhere to their specifications, the correctness of an implementation under concern can be assured. To achieve this goal, a plethora of techniques are nowadays available, all of which are optimized for different system types and application domains.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Ehlers, Rüdiger
ID - 719
IS - 6
JF - Acta Informatica
SN - 00015903
TI - Special issue: Synthesis and SYNT 2014
VL - 54
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Advances in multi-unit recordings pave the way for statistical modeling of activity patterns in large neural populations. Recent studies have shown that the summed activity of all neurons strongly shapes the population response. A separate recent finding has been that neural populations also exhibit criticality, an anomalously large dynamic range for the probabilities of different population activity patterns. Motivated by these two observations, we introduce a class of probabilistic models which takes into account the prior knowledge that the neural population could be globally coupled and close to critical. These models consist of an energy function which parametrizes interactions between small groups of neurons, and an arbitrary positive, strictly increasing, and twice differentiable function which maps the energy of a population pattern to its probability. We show that: 1) augmenting a pairwise Ising model with a nonlinearity yields an accurate description of the activity of retinal ganglion cells which outperforms previous models based on the summed activity of neurons; 2) prior knowledge that the population is critical translates to prior expectations about the shape of the nonlinearity; 3) the nonlinearity admits an interpretation in terms of a continuous latent variable globally coupling the system whose distribution we can infer from data. Our method is independent of the underlying system’s state space; hence, it can be applied to other systems such as natural scenes or amino acid sequences of proteins which are also known to exhibit criticality.
AU - Humplik, Jan
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
ID - 720
IS - 9
JF - PLoS Computational Biology
SN - 1553734X
TI - Probabilistic models for neural populations that naturally capture global coupling and criticality
VL - 13
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TY - JOUR
AB - Let S be a positivity-preserving symmetric linear operator acting on bounded functions. The nonlinear equation -1/m=z+Sm with a parameter z in the complex upper half-plane ℍ has a unique solution m with values in ℍ. We show that the z-dependence of this solution can be represented as the Stieltjes transforms of a family of probability measures v on ℝ. Under suitable conditions on S, we show that v has a real analytic density apart from finitely many algebraic singularities of degree at most 3. Our motivation comes from large random matrices. The solution m determines the density of eigenvalues of two prominent matrix ensembles: (i) matrices with centered independent entries whose variances are given by S and (ii) matrices with correlated entries with a translation-invariant correlation structure. Our analysis shows that the limiting eigenvalue density has only square root singularities or cubic root cusps; no other singularities occur.
AU - Ajanki, Oskari H
AU - Krüger, Torben H
AU - Erdös, László
ID - 721
IS - 9
JF - Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
SN - 00103640
TI - Singularities of solutions to quadratic vector equations on the complex upper half plane
VL - 70
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Plants are sessile organisms rooted in one place. The soil resources that plants require are often distributed in a highly heterogeneous pattern. To aid foraging, plants have evolved roots whose growth and development are highly responsive to soil signals. As a result, 3D root architecture is shaped by myriad environmental signals to ensure resource capture is optimised and unfavourable environments are avoided. The first signals sensed by newly germinating seeds — gravity and light — direct root growth into the soil to aid seedling establishment. Heterogeneous soil resources, such as water, nitrogen and phosphate, also act as signals that shape 3D root growth to optimise uptake. Root architecture is also modified through biotic interactions that include soil fungi and neighbouring plants. This developmental plasticity results in a ‘custom-made’ 3D root system that is best adapted to forage for resources in each soil environment that a plant colonises.
AU - Morris, Emily
AU - Griffiths, Marcus
AU - Golebiowska, Agata
AU - Mairhofer, Stefan
AU - Burr Hersey, Jasmine
AU - Goh, Tatsuaki
AU - Von Wangenheim, Daniel
AU - Atkinson, Brian
AU - Sturrock, Craig
AU - Lynch, Jonathan
AU - Vissenberg, Kris
AU - Ritz, Karl
AU - Wells, Darren
AU - Mooney, Sacha
AU - Bennett, Malcolm
ID - 722
IS - 17
JF - Current Biology
SN - 09609822
TI - Shaping 3D root system architecture
VL - 27
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TY - JOUR
AB - We investigate the stationary and dynamical behavior of an Anderson localized chain coupled to a single central bound state. Although this coupling partially dilutes the Anderson localized peaks towards nearly resonant sites, the most weight of the original peaks remains unchanged. This leads to multifractal wave functions with a frozen spectrum of fractal dimensions, which is characteristic for localized phases in models with power-law hopping. Using a perturbative approach we identify two different dynamical regimes. At weak couplings to the central site, the transport of particles and information is logarithmic in time, a feature usually attributed to many-body localization. We connect such transport to the persistence of the Poisson statistics of level spacings in parts of the spectrum. In contrast, at stronger couplings the level repulsion is established in the entire spectrum, the problem can be mapped to the Fano resonance, and the transport is ballistic.
AU - Hetterich, Daniel
AU - Serbyn, Maksym
AU - Domínguez, Fernando
AU - Pollmann, Frank
AU - Trauzettel, Björn
ID - 724
IS - 10
JF - Physical Review B
SN - 24699950
TI - Noninteracting central site model localization and logarithmic entanglement growth
VL - 96
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TY - JOUR
AB - Individual computations and social interactions underlying collective behavior in groups of animals are of great ethological, behavioral, and theoretical interest. While complex individual behaviors have successfully been parsed into small dictionaries of stereotyped behavioral modes, studies of collective behavior largely ignored these findings; instead, their focus was on inferring single, mode-independent social interaction rules that reproduced macroscopic and often qualitative features of group behavior. Here, we bring these two approaches together to predict individual swimming patterns of adult zebrafish in a group. We show that fish alternate between an “active” mode, in which they are sensitive to the swimming patterns of conspecifics, and a “passive” mode, where they ignore them. Using a model that accounts for these two modes explicitly, we predict behaviors of individual fish with high accuracy, outperforming previous approaches that assumed a single continuous computation by individuals and simple metric or topological weighing of neighbors’ behavior. At the group level, switching between active and passive modes is uncorrelated among fish, but correlated directional swimming behavior still emerges. Our quantitative approach for studying complex, multi-modal individual behavior jointly with emergent group behavior is readily extensible to additional behavioral modes and their neural correlates as well as to other species.
AU - Harpaz, Roy
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
AU - Schneidman, Elad
ID - 725
IS - 38
JF - PNAS
SN - 00278424
TI - Discrete modes of social information processing predict individual behavior of fish in a group
VL - 114
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The morphogenesis of branched organs remains a subject of abiding interest. Although much is known about the underlying signaling pathways, it remains unclear how macroscopic features of branched organs, including their size, network topology, and spatial patterning, are encoded. Here, we show that, in mouse mammary gland, kidney, and human prostate, these features can be explained quantitatively within a single unifying framework of branching and annihilating random walks. Based on quantitative analyses of large-scale organ reconstructions and proliferation kinetics measurements, we propose that morphogenesis follows from the proliferative activity of equipotent tips that stochastically branch and randomly explore their environment but compete neutrally for space, becoming proliferatively inactive when in proximity with neighboring ducts. These results show that complex branched epithelial structures develop as a self-organized process, reliant upon a strikingly simple but generic rule, without recourse to a rigid and deterministic sequence of genetically programmed events.
AU - Hannezo, Edouard B
AU - Scheele, Colinda
AU - Moad, Mohammad
AU - Drogo, Nicholas
AU - Heer, Rakesh
AU - Sampogna, Rosemary
AU - Van Rheenen, Jacco
AU - Simons, Benjamin
ID - 726
IS - 1
JF - Cell
SN - 00928674
TI - A unifying theory of branching morphogenesis
VL - 171
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Actin filaments polymerizing against membranes power endocytosis, vesicular traffic, and cell motility. In vitro reconstitution studies suggest that the structure and the dynamics of actin networks respond to mechanical forces. We demonstrate that lamellipodial actin of migrating cells responds to mechanical load when membrane tension is modulated. In a steady state, migrating cell filaments assume the canonical dendritic geometry, defined by Arp2/3-generated 70° branch points. Increased tension triggers a dense network with a broadened range of angles, whereas decreased tension causes a shift to a sparse configuration dominated by filaments growing perpendicularly to the plasma membrane. We show that these responses emerge from the geometry of branched actin: when load per filament decreases, elongation speed increases and perpendicular filaments gradually outcompete others because they polymerize the shortest distance to the membrane, where they are protected from capping. This network-intrinsic geometrical adaptation mechanism tunes protrusive force in response to mechanical load.
AU - Mueller, Jan
AU - Szep, Gregory
AU - Nemethova, Maria
AU - De Vries, Ingrid
AU - Lieber, Arnon
AU - Winkler, Christoph
AU - Kruse, Karsten
AU - Small, John
AU - Schmeiser, Christian
AU - Keren, Kinneret
AU - Hauschild, Robert
AU - Sixt, Michael K
ID - 727
IS - 1
JF - Cell
SN - 00928674
TI - Load adaptation of lamellipodial actin networks
VL - 171
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - During animal development, cell-fate-specific changes in gene expression can modify the material properties of a tissue and drive tissue morphogenesis. While mechanistic insights into the genetic control of tissue-shaping events are beginning to emerge, how tissue morphogenesis and mechanics can reciprocally impact cell-fate specification remains relatively unexplored. Here we review recent findings reporting how multicellular morphogenetic events and their underlying mechanical forces can feed back into gene regulatory pathways to specify cell fate. We further discuss emerging techniques that allow for the direct measurement and manipulation of mechanical signals in vivo, offering unprecedented access to study mechanotransduction during development. Examination of the mechanical control of cell fate during tissue morphogenesis will pave the way to an integrated understanding of the design principles that underlie robust tissue patterning in embryonic development.
AU - Chan, Chii
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
AU - Hiiragi, Takashi
ID - 728
IS - 18
JF - Current Biology
SN - 09609822
TI - Coordination of morphogenesis and cell fate specification in development
VL - 27
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The cellular mechanisms allowing tissues to efficiently regenerate are not fully understood. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Cao et al. (2017)) discover that during zebrafish heart regeneration, epicardial cells at the leading edge of regenerating tissue undergo endoreplication, possibly due to increased tissue tension, thereby boosting their regenerative capacity.
AU - Spiro, Zoltan P
AU - Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J
ID - 729
IS - 6
JF - Developmental Cell
SN - 15345807
TI - Regeneration tensed up polyploidy takes the lead
VL - 42
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Neural responses are highly structured, with population activity restricted to a small subset of the astronomical range of possible activity patterns. Characterizing these statistical regularities is important for understanding circuit computation, but challenging in practice. Here we review recent approaches based on the maximum entropy principle used for quantifying collective behavior in neural activity. We highlight recent models that capture population-level statistics of neural data, yielding insights into the organization of the neural code and its biological substrate. Furthermore, the MaxEnt framework provides a general recipe for constructing surrogate ensembles that preserve aspects of the data, but are otherwise maximally unstructured. This idea can be used to generate a hierarchy of controls against which rigorous statistical tests are possible.
AU - Savin, Cristina
AU - Tkacik, Gasper
ID - 730
JF - Current Opinion in Neurobiology
SN - 09594388
TI - Maximum entropy models as a tool for building precise neural controls
VL - 46
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Genetic variations in the oxytocin receptor gene affect patients with ASD and ADHD differently.
AU - Novarino, Gaia
ID - 731
IS - 411
JF - Science Translational Medicine
SN - 19466234
TI - The science of love in ASD and ADHD
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background: Social insects form densely crowded societies in environments with high pathogen loads, but have evolved collective defences that mitigate the impact of disease. However, colony-founding queens lack this protection and suffer high rates of mortality. The impact of pathogens may be exacerbated in species where queens found colonies together, as healthy individuals may contract pathogens from infectious co-founders. Therefore, we tested whether ant queens avoid founding colonies with pathogen-exposed conspecifics and how they might limit disease transmission from infectious individuals. Results: Using Lasius Niger queens and a naturally infecting fungal pathogen Metarhizium brunneum, we observed that queens were equally likely to found colonies with another pathogen-exposed or sham-treated queen. However, when one queen died, the surviving individual performed biting, burial and removal of the corpse. These undertaking behaviours were performed prophylactically, i.e. targeted equally towards non-infected and infected corpses, as well as carried out before infected corpses became infectious. Biting and burial reduced the risk of the queens contracting and dying from disease from an infectious corpse of a dead co-foundress. Conclusions: We show that co-founding ant queens express undertaking behaviours that, in mature colonies, are performed exclusively by workers. Such infection avoidance behaviours act before the queens can contract the disease and will therefore improve the overall chance of colony founding success in ant queens.
AU - Pull, Christopher
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 732
IS - 1
JF - BMC Evolutionary Biology
SN - 14712148
TI - Co-founding ant queens prevent disease by performing prophylactic undertaking behaviour
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Let A and B be two N by N deterministic Hermitian matrices and let U be an N by N Haar distributed unitary matrix. It is well known that the spectral distribution of the sum H = A + UBU∗ converges weakly to the free additive convolution of the spectral distributions of A and B, as N tends to infinity. We establish the optimal convergence rate in the bulk of the spectrum.
AU - Bao, Zhigang
AU - Erdös, László
AU - Schnelli, Kevin
ID - 733
JF - Advances in Mathematics
TI - Convergence rate for spectral distribution of addition of random matrices
VL - 319
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Social insect societies are long-standing models for understanding social behaviour and evolution. Unlike other advanced biological societies (such as the multicellular body), the component parts of social insect societies can be easily deconstructed and manipulated. Recent methodological and theoretical innovations have exploited this trait to address an expanded range of biological questions. We illustrate the broadening range of biological insight coming from social insect biology with four examples. These new frontiers promote open-minded, interdisciplinary exploration of one of the richest and most complex of biological phenomena: sociality.
AU - Kennedy, Patrick
AU - Baron, Gemma
AU - Qiu, Bitao
AU - Freitak, Dalial
AU - Helantera, Heikki
AU - Hunt, Edmund
AU - Manfredini, Fabio
AU - O'Shea Wheller, Thomas
AU - Patalano, Solenn
AU - Pull, Christopher
AU - Sasaki, Takao
AU - Taylor, Daisy
AU - Wyatt, Christopher
AU - Sumner, Seirian
ID - 734
IS - 11
JF - Trends in Ecology and Evolution
SN - 01695347
TI - Deconstructing superorganisms and societies to address big questions in biology
VL - 32
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The neurotransmitter receptor subtype, number, density, and distribution relative to the location of transmitter release sites are key determinants of signal transmission. AMPA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (AMPARs) containing GluA3 and GluA4 subunits are prominently expressed in subsets of neurons capable of firing action potentials at high frequencies, such as auditory relay neurons. The auditory nerve (AN) forms glutamatergic synapses on two types of relay neurons, bushy cells (BCs) and fusiform cells (FCs) of the cochlear nucleus. AN-BC and AN-FC synapses have distinct kinetics; thus, we investigated whether the number, density, and localization of GluA3 and GluA4 subunits in these synapses are differentially organized using quantitative freeze-fracture replica immunogold labeling. We identify a positive correlation between the number of AMPARs and the size of AN-BC and AN-FC synapses. Both types of AN synapses have similar numbers of AMPARs; however, the AN-BC have a higher density of AMPARs than AN-FC synapses, because the AN-BC synapses are smaller. A higher number and density of GluA3 subunits are observed at AN-BC synapses, whereas a higher number and density of GluA4 subunits are observed at AN-FC synapses. The intrasynaptic distribution of immunogold labeling revealed that AMPAR subunits, particularly GluA3, are concentrated at the center of the AN-BC synapses. The central distribution of AMPARs is absent in GluA3-knockout mice, and gold particles are evenly distributed along the postsynaptic density. GluA4 gold labeling was homogenously distributed along both synapse types. Thus, GluA3 and GluA4 subunits are distributed at AN synapses in a target-cell-dependent manner.
AU - Rubio, María
AU - Matsui, Ko
AU - Fukazawa, Yugo
AU - Kamasawa, Naomi
AU - Harada, Harumi
AU - Itakura, Makoto
AU - Molnár, Elek
AU - Abe, Manabu
AU - Sakimura, Kenji
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
ID - 736
IS - 8
JF - Brain Structure and Function
SN - 18632653
TI - The number and distribution of AMPA receptor channels containing fast kinetic GluA3 and GluA4 subunits at auditory nerve synapses depend on the target cells
VL - 222
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Inflammation, which is a highly regulated host response against danger signals, may be harmful if it is excessive and deregulated. Ideally, anti-inflammatory therapy should autonomously commence as soon as possible after the onset of inflammation, should be controllable by a physician, and should not systemically block beneficial immune response in the long term. We describe a genetically encoded anti-inflammatory mammalian cell device based on a modular engineered genetic circuit comprising a sensor, an amplifier, a “thresholder” to restrict activation of a positive-feedback loop, a combination of advanced clinically used biopharmaceutical proteins, and orthogonal regulatory elements that linked modules into the functional device. This genetic circuit was autonomously activated by inflammatory signals, including endogenous cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-induced inflammation in mice and serum from a systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sIJA) patient, and could be reset externally by a chemical signal. The microencapsulated anti-inflammatory device significantly reduced the pathology in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced acute murine colitis, demonstrating a synthetic immunological approach for autonomous anti-inflammatory therapy.
AU - Smole, Anže
AU - Lainšček, Duško
AU - Bezeljak, Urban
AU - Horvat, Simon
AU - Jerala, Roman
ID - 7360
IS - 1
JF - Molecular Therapy
SN - 1525-0016
TI - A synthetic mammalian therapeutic gene circuit for sensing and suppressing inflammation
VL - 25
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We generalize Brazas’ topology on the fundamental group to the whole universal path space X˜ i.e., to the set of homotopy classes of all based paths. We develop basic properties of the new notion and provide a complete comparison of the obtained topology with the established topologies, in particular with the Lasso topology and the CO topology, i.e., the topology that is induced by the compact-open topology. It turns out that the new topology is the finest topology contained in the CO topology, for which the action of the fundamental group on the universal path space is a continuous group action.
AU - Virk, Ziga
AU - Zastrow, Andreas
ID - 737
JF - Topology and its Applications
SN - 01668641
TI - A new topology on the universal path space
VL - 231
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study the norm approximation to the Schrödinger dynamics of N bosons in with an interaction potential of the form . Assuming that in the initial state the particles outside of the condensate form a quasi-free state with finite kinetic energy, we show that in the large N limit, the fluctuations around the condensate can be effectively described using Bogoliubov approximation for all . The range of β is expected to be optimal for this large class of initial states.
AU - Nam, Phan
AU - Napiórkowski, Marcin M
ID - 739
IS - 5
JF - Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées
SN - 00217824
TI - A note on the validity of Bogoliubov correction to mean field dynamics
VL - 108
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Developments in bioengineering and molecular biology have introduced a palette of genetically encoded probes for identification of specific cell populations in electron microscopy. These probes can be targeted to distinct cellular compartments, rendering them electron dense through a subsequent chemical reaction. These electron densities strongly increase the local contrast in samples prepared for electron microscopy, allowing three major advances in ultrastructural mapping of circuits: genetic identification of circuit components, targeted imaging of regions of interest and automated analysis of the tagged circuits. Together, the gains from these advances can decrease the time required for the analysis of targeted circuit motifs by over two orders of magnitude. These genetic encoded tags for electron microscopy promise to simplify the analysis of circuit motifs and become a central tool for structure‐function studies of synaptic connections in the brain. We review the current state‐of‐the‐art with an emphasis on connectomics, the quantitative analysis of neuronal structures and motifs.
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
AU - Jösch, Maximilian A
ID - 740
IS - 6
JF - WIREs Developmental Biology
SN - 17597684
TI - The genetic encoded toolbox for electron microscopy and connectomics
VL - 6
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove that a system of N fermions interacting with an additional particle via point interactions is stable if the ratio of the mass of the additional particle to the one of the fermions is larger than some critical m*. The value of m* is independent of N and turns out to be less than 1. This fact has important implications for the stability of the unitary Fermi gas. We also characterize the domain of the Hamiltonian of this model, and establish the validity of the Tan relations for all wave functions in the domain.
AU - Moser, Thomas
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 741
IS - 1
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
SN - 00103616
TI - Stability of a fermionic N+1 particle system with point interactions
VL - 356
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - This special issue of the Journal on Formal Methods in System Design is dedicated to Prof. Helmut Veith, who unexpectedly passed away in March 2016. Helmut Veith was a brilliant researcher, inspiring collaborator, passionate mentor, generous friend, and valued member of the formal methods community. Helmut was not only known for his numerous and influential contributions in the field of automated verification (most prominently his work on Counterexample-Guided Abstraction Refinement [1,2]), but also for his untiring and passionate efforts for the logic community: he co-organized the Vienna Summer of Logic (an event comprising twelve conferences and numerous workshops which attracted thousands of researchers from all over the world), he initiated the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms (which promotes international collaboration on logic and algorithms and organizes outreach events such as the LogicLounge), and he coordinated the Doctoral Program on Logical Methods in Computer Science at TU Wien (currently educating more than 40 doctoral students) and a National Research Network on Rigorous Systems Engineering (uniting fifteen researchers in Austria to address the challenge of building reliable and safe computer
systems). With his enthusiasm and commitment, Helmut completely reshaped the Austrian research landscape in the field of logic and verification in his few years as a full professor at TU Wien.
AU - Gottlob, Georg
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Weißenbacher, Georg
ID - 743
IS - 2
JF - Formal Methods in System Design
TI - Preface of the special issue in memoriam Helmut Veith
VL - 51
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In evolutionary game theory interactions between individuals are often assumed obligatory. However, in many real-life situations, individuals can decide to opt out of an interaction depending on the information they have about the opponent. We consider a simple evolutionary game theoretic model to study such a scenario, where at each encounter between two individuals the type of the opponent (cooperator/defector) is known with some probability, and where each individual either accepts or opts out of the interaction. If the type of the opponent is unknown, a trustful individual accepts the interaction, whereas a suspicious individual opts out of the interaction. If either of the two individuals opt out both individuals remain without an interaction. We show that in the prisoners dilemma optional interactions along with suspicious behaviour facilitates the emergence of trustful cooperation.
AU - Priklopil, Tadeas
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Nowak, Martin
ID - 744
JF - Journal of Theoretical Biology
SN - 00225193
TI - Optional interactions and suspicious behaviour facilitates trustful cooperation in prisoners dilemma
VL - 433
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Fluid flows in nature and applications are frequently subject to periodic velocity modulations. Surprisingly, even for the generic case of flow through a straight pipe, there is little consensus regarding the influence of pulsation on the transition threshold to turbulence: while most studies predict a monotonically increasing threshold with pulsation frequency (i.e. Womersley number, ), others observe a decreasing threshold for identical parameters and only observe an increasing threshold at low . In the present study we apply recent advances in the understanding of transition in steady shear flows to pulsating pipe flow. For moderate pulsation amplitudes we find that the first instability encountered is subcritical (i.e. requiring finite amplitude disturbances) and gives rise to localized patches of turbulence ('puffs') analogous to steady pipe flow. By monitoring the impact of pulsation on the lifetime of turbulence we map the onset of turbulence in parameter space. Transition in pulsatile flow can be separated into three regimes. At small Womersley numbers the dynamics is dominated by the decay turbulence suffers during the slower part of the cycle and hence transition is delayed significantly. As shown in this regime thresholds closely agree with estimates based on a quasi-steady flow assumption only taking puff decay rates into account. The transition point predicted in the zero limit equals to the critical point for steady pipe flow offset by the oscillation Reynolds number (i.e. the dimensionless oscillation amplitude). In the high frequency limit on the other hand, puff lifetimes are identical to those in steady pipe flow and hence the transition threshold appears to be unaffected by flow pulsation. In the intermediate frequency regime the transition threshold sharply drops (with increasing ) from the decay dominated (quasi-steady) threshold to the steady pipe flow level.
AU - Xu, Duo
AU - Warnecke, Sascha
AU - Song, Baofang
AU - Ma, Xingyu
AU - Hof, Björn
ID - 745
JF - Journal of Fluid Mechanics
SN - 00221120
TI - Transition to turbulence in pulsating pipe flow
VL - 831
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5) is crucially implicated in the pathophysiology of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS); however, its dysfunction at the sub-cellular level, and related synaptic and cognitive phenotypes are unexplored. Here, we probed the consequences of mGluR5/Homer scaffold disruption for mGluR5 cell-surface mobility, synaptic N-methyl-D-Aspartate receptor (NMDAR) function, and behavioral phenotypes in the second-generation Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse. Using single-molecule tracking, we found that mGluR5 was significantly more mobile at synapses in hippocampal Fmr1 KO neurons, causing an increased synaptic surface co-clustering of mGluR5 and NMDAR. This correlated with a reduced amplitude of synaptic NMDAR currents, a lack of their mGluR5-Activated long-Term depression, and NMDAR/hippocampus dependent cognitive deficits. These synaptic and behavioral phenomena were reversed by knocking down Homer1a in Fmr1 KO mice. Our study provides a mechanistic link between changes of mGluR5 dynamics and pathological phenotypes of FXS, unveiling novel targets for mGluR5-based therapeutics.
AU - Aloisi, Elisabetta
AU - Le Corf, Katy
AU - Dupuis, Julien
AU - Zhang, Pei
AU - Ginger, Melanie
AU - Labrousse, Virginie
AU - Spatuzza, Michela
AU - Georg Haberl, Matthias
AU - Costa, Lara
AU - Shigemoto, Ryuichi
AU - Tappe Theodor, Anke
AU - Drago, Fillippo
AU - Vincenzo Piazza, Pier
AU - Mulle, Christophe
AU - Groc, Laurent
AU - Ciranna, Lucia
AU - Catania, Maria
AU - Frick, Andreas
ID - 746
IS - 1
JF - Nature Communications
SN - 20411723
TI - Altered surface mGluR5 dynamics provoke synaptic NMDAR dysfunction and cognitive defects in Fmr1 knockout mice
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Bradykinin (BK), a component of the kallikrein-kininogen-kinin system exerts multiple effects via B1 and B2 receptor activation. In the cardiovascular system, bradykinin has cardioprotective and vasodilator properties. We investigated the effect of BK on cardiac-projecting neurons of nucleus ambiguus, a key site for the parasympathetic cardiac regulation. BK produced a dose-dependent increase in cytosolic Ca2+ concentration. Pretreatment with HOE140, a B2 receptor antagonist, but not with R715, a B1 receptor antagonist, abolished the response to BK. A selective B2 receptor agonist, but not a B1 receptor agonist, elicited an increase in cytosolic Ca2+ similarly to BK. Inhibition of N-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels with ω-conotoxin GVIA had no effect on the Ca2+ signal produced by BK, while pretreatment with ω-conotoxin MVIIC, a blocker of P/Q-type of Ca2+ channels, significantly diminished the effect of BK. Pretreatment with xestospongin C and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate, antagonists of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors, abolished the response to BK. Inhibition of ryanodine receptors reduced the BK-induced Ca2+ increase, while disruption of lysosomal Ca2+ stores with bafilomycin A1 did not affect the response. BK produced a dose-dependent depolarization of nucleus ambiguus neurons, which was prevented by the B2 receptor antagonist. In vivo studies indicate that microinjection of BK into nucleus ambiguus elicited bradycardia in conscious rats via B2 receptors. In summary, in cardiac vagal neurons of nucleus ambiguus, BK activates B2 receptors promoting Ca2+ influx and Ca2+ release from endoplasmic reticulum, and membrane depolarization; these effects are translated in vivo by bradycardia.
AU - Brǎiloiu, Eugen
AU - Mcguire, Matthew
AU - Shuler, Shadaria
AU - Deliu, Elena
AU - Barr, Jeffrey
AU - Abood, Mary
AU - Brailoiu, Gabriela
ID - 747
JF - Neuroscience
SN - 03064522
TI - Modulation of cardiac vagal tone by bradykinin acting on nucleus ambiguus
VL - 365
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Synaptotagmin 7 (Syt7) is thought to be a Ca2+ sensor that mediates asynchronous transmitter release and facilitation at synapses. However, Syt7 is strongly expressed in fast-spiking, parvalbumin-expressing GABAergic interneurons, and the output synapses of these neurons produce only minimal asynchronous release and show depression rather than facilitation. To resolve this apparent contradiction, we examined the effects of genetic elimination of Syt7 on synaptic transmission at the GABAergic basket cell (BC)-Purkinje cell (PC) synapse in cerebellum. Our results indicate that at the BC-PC synapse, Syt7 contributes to asynchronous release, pool replenishment, and facilitation. In combination, these three effects ensure efficient transmitter release during high-frequency activity and guarantee frequency independence of inhibition. Our results identify a distinct function of Syt7: ensuring the efficiency of high-frequency inhibitory synaptic transmission
AU - Chen, Chong
AU - Satterfield, Rachel
AU - Young, Samuel
AU - Jonas, Peter M
ID - 749
IS - 8
JF - Cell Reports
SN - 22111247
TI - Triple function of Synaptotagmin 7 ensures efficiency of high-frequency transmission at central GABAergic synapses
VL - 21
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Modern communication technologies allow first responders to contact thousands of potential volunteers simultaneously for support during a crisis or disaster event. However, such volunteer efforts must be well coordinated and monitored, in order to offer an effective relief to the professionals. In this paper we extend earlier work on optimally assigning volunteers to selected landmark locations. In particular, we emphasize the aspect that obtaining good assignments requires not only advanced computational tools, but also a realistic measure of distance between volunteers and landmarks. Specifically, we propose the use of the Open Street Map (OSM) driving distance instead of he previously used flight distance. We find the OSM driving distance to be better aligned with the interests of volunteers and first responders. Furthermore, we show that relying on the flying distance leads to a substantial underestimation of the number of required volunteers, causing negative side effects in case of an actual crisis situation.
AU - Pielorz, Jasmin
AU - Prandtstetter, Matthias
AU - Straub, Markus
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 750
SN - 978-153862714-3
T2 - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data
TI - Optimal geospatial volunteer allocation needs realistic distances
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The basement membrane (BM) is a thin layer of extracellular matrix (ECM) beneath nearly all epithelial cell types that is critical for cellular and tissue function. It is composed of numerous components conserved among all bilaterians [1]; however, it is unknown how all of these components are generated and subsequently constructed to form a fully mature BM in the living animal. Although BM formation is thought to simply involve a process of self-assembly [2], this concept suffers from a number of logistical issues when considering its construction in vivo. First, incorporation of BM components appears to be hierarchical [3-5], yet it is unclear whether their production during embryogenesis must also be regulated in a temporal fashion. Second, many BM proteins are produced not only by the cells residing on the BM but also by surrounding cell types [6-9], and it is unclear how large, possibly insoluble protein complexes [10] are delivered into the matrix. Here we exploit our ability to live image and genetically dissect de novo BM formation during Drosophila development. This reveals that there is a temporal hierarchy of BM protein production that is essential for proper component incorporation. Furthermore, we show that BM components require secretion by migrating macrophages (hemocytes) during their developmental dispersal, which is critical for embryogenesis. Indeed, hemocyte migration is essential to deliver a subset of ECM components evenly throughout the embryo. This reveals that de novo BM construction requires a combination of both production and distribution logistics allowing for the timely delivery of core components.
AU - Matsubayashi, Yutaka
AU - Louani, Adam
AU - Dragu, Anca
AU - Sanchez Sanchez, Besaiz
AU - Serna Morales, Eduardo
AU - Yolland, Lawrence
AU - György, Attila
AU - Vizcay, Gema
AU - Fleck, Roland
AU - Heddleston, John
AU - Chew, Teng
AU - Siekhaus, Daria E
AU - Stramer, Brian
ID - 751
IS - 22
JF - Current Biology
SN - 09609822
TI - A moving source of matrix components is essential for De Novo basement membrane formation
VL - 27
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Severe environmental change can drive a population extinct unless the population adapts in time to the new conditions (“evolutionary rescue”). How does biparental sexual reproduction influence the chances of population persistence compared to clonal reproduction or selfing? In this article, we set up a one‐locus two‐allele model for adaptation in diploid species, where rescue is contingent on the establishment of the mutant homozygote. Reproduction can occur by random mating, selfing, or clonally. Random mating generates and destroys the rescue mutant; selfing is efficient at generating it but at the same time depletes the heterozygote, which can lead to a low mutant frequency in the standing genetic variation. Due to these (and other) antagonistic effects, we find a nontrivial dependence of population survival on the rate of sex/selfing, which is strongly influenced by the dominance coefficient of the mutation before and after the environmental change. Importantly, since mating with the wild‐type breaks the mutant homozygote up, a slow decay of the wild‐type population size can impede rescue in randomly mating populations.
AU - Uecker, Hildegard
ID - 1063
IS - 4
JF - Evolution
SN - 00143820
TI - Evolutionary rescue in randomly mating, selfing, and clonal populations
VL - 71
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the problem of reachability in pushdown graphs. We study the problem for pushdown graphs with constant treewidth. Even for pushdown graphs with treewidth 1, for the reachability problem we establish the following: (i) the problem is PTIME-complete, and (ii) any subcubic algorithm for the problem would contradict the k-clique conjecture and imply faster combinatorial algorithms for cliques in graphs.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Osang, Georg F
ID - 1065
JF - Information Processing Letters
SN - 00200190
TI - Pushdown reachability with constant treewidth
VL - 122
ER -