TY - JOUR
AB - A planar waveguide with an impedance boundary, composed of nonperfect metallic plates, and with passive or active dielectric filling, is considered. We show the possibility of selective mode guiding and amplification when a homogeneous pump is added to the dielectric and analyze differences in TE and TM mode propagation. Such a non-conservative system is also shown to feature exceptional points for specific and experimentally tunable parameters, which are described for a particular case of transparent dielectric.
AU - Midya, Bikashkali
AU - Konotop, Vladimir
ID - 1287
IS - 20
JF - Optics Letters
TI - Modes and exceptional points in waveguides with impedance boundary conditions
VL - 41
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Respiratory complex I transfers electrons from NADH to quinone, utilizing the reaction energy to translocate protons across the membrane. It is a key enzyme of the respiratory chain of many prokaryotic and most eukaryotic organisms. The reversible NADH oxidation reaction is facilitated in complex I by non-covalently bound flavin mononucleotide (FMN). Here we report that the catalytic activity of E. coli complex I with artificial electron acceptors potassium ferricyanide (FeCy) and hexaamineruthenium (HAR) is significantly inhibited in the enzyme pre-reduced by NADH. Further, we demonstrate that the inhibition is caused by reversible dissociation of FMN. The binding constant (Kd) for FMN increases from the femto- or picomolar range in oxidized complex I to the nanomolar range in the NADH reduced enzyme, with an FMN dissociation time constant of ~ 5 s. The oxidation state of complex I, rather than that of FMN, proved critical to the dissociation. Such dissociation is not observed with the T. thermophilus enzyme and our analysis suggests that the difference may be due to the unusually high redox potential of Fe-S cluster N1a in E. coli. It is possible that the enzyme attenuates ROS production in vivo by releasing FMN under highly reducing conditions.
AU - Holt, Peter
AU - Efremov, Rouslan
AU - Nakamaru Ogiso, Eiko
AU - Sazanov, Leonid A
ID - 1288
IS - 11
JF - Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics
TI - Reversible FMN dissociation from Escherichia coli respiratory complex I
VL - 1857
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Aiming at the automatic diagnosis of tumors using narrow band imaging (NBI) magnifying endoscopic (ME) images of the stomach, we combine methods from image processing, topology, geometry, and machine learning to classify patterns into three classes: oval, tubular and irregular. Training the algorithm on a small number of images of each type, we achieve a high rate of correct classifications. The analysis of the learning algorithm reveals that a handful of geometric and topological features are responsible for the overwhelming majority of decisions.
AU - Dunaeva, Olga
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Lukyanov, Anton
AU - Machin, Michael
AU - Malkova, Daria
AU - Kuvaev, Roman
AU - Kashin, Sergey
ID - 1289
IS - 1
JF - Pattern Recognition Letters
TI - The classification of endoscopy images with persistent homology
VL - 83
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We developed a competition-based screening strategy to identify compounds that invert the selective advantage of antibiotic resistance. Using our assay, we screened over 19,000 compounds for the ability to select against the TetA tetracycline-resistance efflux pump in Escherichia coli and identified two hits, β-thujaplicin and disulfiram. Treating a tetracycline-resistant population with β-thujaplicin selects for loss of the resistance gene, enabling an effective second-phase treatment with doxycycline.
AU - Stone, Laura
AU - Baym, Michael
AU - Lieberman, Tami
AU - Chait, Remy P
AU - Clardy, Jon
AU - Kishony, Roy
ID - 1290
IS - 11
JF - Nature Chemical Biology
TI - Compounds that select against the tetracycline-resistance efflux pump
VL - 12
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider Ising models in two and three dimensions, with short range ferromagnetic and long range, power-law decaying, antiferromagnetic interactions. We let J be the ratio between the strength of the ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic interactions. The competition between these two kinds of interactions induces the system to form domains of minus spins in a background of plus spins, or vice versa. If the decay exponent p of the long range interaction is larger than dÂ +Â 1, with d the space dimension, this happens for all values of J smaller than a critical value Jc(p), beyond which the ground state is homogeneous. In this paper, we give a characterization of the infinite volume ground states of the system, for pÂ >Â 2d and J in a left neighborhood of Jc(p). In particular, we prove that the quasi-one-dimensional states consisting of infinite stripes (dÂ =Â 2) or slabs (dÂ =Â 3), all of the same optimal width and orientation, and alternating magnetization, are infinite volume ground states. Our proof is based on localization bounds combined with reflection positivity.
AU - Giuliani, Alessandro
AU - Seiringer, Robert
ID - 1291
IS - 3
JF - Communications in Mathematical Physics
TI - Periodic striped ground states in Ising models with competing interactions
VL - 347
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We give explicit formulas and algorithms for the computation of the Thurston–Bennequin invariant of a nullhomologous Legendrian knot on a page of a contact open book and on Heegaard surfaces in convex position. Furthermore, we extend the results to rationally nullhomologous knots in arbitrary 3-manifolds.
AU - Durst, Sebastian
AU - Kegel, Marc
AU - Klukas, Mirko D
ID - 1292
IS - 2
JF - Acta Mathematica Hungarica
TI - Computing the Thurston–Bennequin invariant in open books
VL - 150
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - For a graph G with p vertices the closed convex cone S⪰0(G) consists of all real positive semidefinite p×p matrices whose sparsity pattern is given by G, that is, those matrices with zeros in the off-diagonal entries corresponding to nonedges of G. The extremal rays of this cone and their associated ranks have applications to matrix completion problems, maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian graphical models in statistics, and Gauss elimination for sparse matrices. While the maximum rank of an extremal ray in S⪰0(G), known as the sparsity order of G, has been characterized for different classes of graphs, we here study all possible extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). We investigate when the geometry of the (±1)-cut polytope of G yields a polyhedral characterization of the set of extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). For a graph G without K5 minors, we show that appropriately chosen normal vectors to the facets of the (±1)-cut polytope of G specify the off-diagonal entries of extremal matrices in S⪰0(G). We also prove that for appropriately chosen scalars the constant term of the linear equation of each facet-supporting hyperplane is the rank of its corresponding extremal matrix in S⪰0(G). Furthermore, we show that if G is series-parallel then this gives a complete characterization of all possible extremal ranks of S⪰0(G). Consequently, the sparsity order problem for series-parallel graphs can be solved in terms of polyhedral geometry.
AU - Solus, Liam T
AU - Uhler, Caroline
AU - Yoshida, Ruriko
ID - 1293
JF - Linear Algebra and Its Applications
TI - Extremal positive semidefinite matrices whose sparsity pattern is given by graphs without K5 minors
VL - 509
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations have been extensively used to represent and compute geometric features of point configurations. We introduce a generalization to poset diagrams and poset complexes, which contain order-k and degree-k Voronoi diagrams and their duals as special cases. Extending a result of Aurenhammer from 1990, we show how to construct poset diagrams as weighted Voronoi diagrams of average balls.
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Iglesias Ham, Mabel
ID - 1295
JF - Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics
TI - Multiple covers with balls II: Weighted averages
VL - 54
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a novel optimization-based algorithm for the design and fabrication of customized, deformable input devices, capable of continuously sensing their deformation. We propose to embed piezoresistive sensing elements into flexible 3D printed objects. These sensing elements are then utilized to recover rich and natural user interactions at runtime. Designing such objects is a challenging and hard problem if attempted manually for all but the simplest geometries and deformations. Our method simultaneously optimizes the internal routing of the sensing elements and computes a mapping from low-level sensor readings to user-specified outputs in order to minimize reconstruction error. We demonstrate the power and flexibility of the approach by designing and fabricating a set of flexible input devices. Our results indicate that the optimization-based design greatly outperforms manual routings in terms of reconstruction accuracy and thus interaction fidelity.
AU - Bächer, Moritz
AU - Hepp, Benjamin
AU - Pece, Fabrizio
AU - Kry, Paul
AU - Bickel, Bernd
AU - Thomaszewski, Bernhard
AU - Hilliges, Otmar
ID - 1319
TI - DefSense: computational design of customized deformable input devices
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In recent years, several biomolecular systems have been shown to be scale-invariant (SI), i.e. to show the same output dynamics when exposed to geometrically scaled input signals (u → pu, p > 0) after pre-adaptation to accordingly scaled constant inputs. In this article, we show that SI systems-as well as systems invariant with respect to other input transformations-can realize nonlinear differential operators: when excited by inputs obeying functional forms characteristic for a given class of invariant systems, the systems' outputs converge to constant values directly quantifying the speed of the input.
AU - Lang, Moritz
AU - Sontag, Eduardo
ID - 1320
TI - Scale-invariant systems realize nonlinear differential operators
VL - 2016-July
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Mossy fiber synapses on CA3 pyramidal cells are 'conditional detonators' that reliably discharge postsynaptic targets. The 'conditional' nature implies that burst activity in dentate gyrus granule cells is required for detonation. Whether single unitary excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) trigger spikes in CA3 neurons remains unknown. Mossy fiber synapses exhibit both pronounced short-term facilitation and uniquely large post-tetanic potentiation (PTP). We tested whether PTP could convert mossy fiber synapses from subdetonator into detonator mode, using a recently developed method to selectively and noninvasively stimulate individual presynaptic terminals in rat brain slices. Unitary EPSPs failed to initiate a spike in CA3 neurons under control conditions, but reliably discharged them after induction of presynaptic short-term plasticity. Remarkably, PTP switched mossy fiber synapses into full detonators for tens of seconds. Plasticity-dependent detonation may be critical for efficient coding, storage, and recall of information in the granule cell–CA3 cell network.
AU - Vyleta, Nicholas
AU - Borges Merjane, Carolina
AU - Jonas, Peter M
ID - 1323
JF - eLife
TI - Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses
VL - 5
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - DEC-POMDPs extend POMDPs to a multi-agent setting, where several agents operate in an uncertain environment independently to achieve a joint objective. DEC-POMDPs have been studied with finite-horizon and infinite-horizon discounted-sum objectives, and there exist solvers both for exact and approximate solutions. In this work we consider Goal-DEC-POMDPs, where given a set of target states, the objective is to ensure that the target set is reached with minimal cost. We consider the indefinite-horizon (infinite-horizon with either discounted-sum, or undiscounted-sum, where absorbing goal states have zero-cost) problem. We present a new and novel method to solve the problem that extends methods for finite-horizon DEC-POMDPs and the RTDP-Bel approach for POMDPs. We present experimental results on several examples, and show that our approach presents promising results. Copyright
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Chmelik, Martin
ID - 1324
T2 - Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth International Conference on International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling
TI - Indefinite-horizon reachability in Goal-DEC-POMDPs
VL - 2016-January
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We study graphs and two-player games in which rewards are assigned to states, and the goal of the players is to satisfy or dissatisfy certain property of the generated outcome, given as a mean payoff property. Since the notion of mean-payoff does not reflect possible fluctuations from the mean-payoff along a run, we propose definitions and algorithms for capturing the stability of the system, and give algorithms for deciding if a given mean payoff and stability objective can be ensured in the system.
AU - Brázdil, Tomáš
AU - Forejt, Vojtěch
AU - Kučera, Antonín
AU - Novotny, Petr
ID - 1325
TI - Stability in graphs and games
VL - 59
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Energy Markov Decision Processes (EMDPs) are finite-state Markov decision processes where each transition is assigned an integer counter update and a rational payoff. An EMDP configuration is a pair s(n), where s is a control state and n is the current counter value. The configurations are changed by performing transitions in the standard way. We consider the problem of computing a safe strategy (i.e., a strategy that keeps the counter non-negative) which maximizes the expected mean payoff.
AU - Brázdil, Tomáš
AU - Kučera, Antonín
AU - Novotny, Petr
ID - 1326
TI - Optimizing the expected mean payoff in Energy Markov Decision Processes
VL - 9938
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We consider partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) with a set of target states and positive integer costs associated with every transition. The traditional optimization objective (stochastic shortest path) asks to minimize the expected total cost until the target set is reached. We extend the traditional framework of POMDPs to model energy consumption, which represents a hard constraint. The energy levels may increase and decrease with transitions, and the hard constraint requires that the energy level must remain positive in all steps till the target is reached. First, we present a novel algorithm for solving POMDPs with energy levels, developing on existing POMDP solvers and using RTDP as its main method. Our second contribution is related to policy representation. For larger POMDP instances the policies computed by existing solvers are too large to be understandable. We present an automated procedure based on machine learning techniques that automatically extracts important decisions of the policy allowing us to compute succinct human readable policies. Finally, we show experimentally that our algorithm performs well and computes succinct policies on a number of POMDP instances from the literature that were naturally enhanced with energy levels.
AU - Brázdil, Tomáš
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Chmelik, Martin
AU - Gupta, Anchit
AU - Novotny, Petr
ID - 1327
T2 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
TI - Stochastic shortest path with energy constraints in POMDPs
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TY - JOUR
AB - Hole spins have gained considerable interest in the past few years due to their potential for fast electrically controlled qubits. Here, we study holes confined in Ge hut wires, a so-far unexplored type of nanostructure. Low-temperature magnetotransport measurements reveal a large anisotropy between the in-plane and out-of-plane g-factors of up to 18. Numerical simulations verify that this large anisotropy originates from a confined wave function of heavy-hole character. A light-hole admixture of less than 1% is estimated for the states of lowest energy, leading to a surprisingly large reduction of the out-of-plane g-factors compared with those for pure heavy holes. Given this tiny light-hole contribution, the spin lifetimes are expected to be very long, even in isotopically nonpurified samples.
AU - Watzinger, Hannes
AU - Kloeffel, Christoph
AU - Vukusic, Lada
AU - Rossell, Marta
AU - Sessi, Violetta
AU - Kukucka, Josip
AU - Kirchschlager, Raimund
AU - Lausecker, Elisabeth
AU - Truhlar, Alisha
AU - Glaser, Martin
AU - Rastelli, Armando
AU - Fuhrer, Andreas
AU - Loss, Daniel
AU - Katsaros, Georgios
ID - 1328
IS - 11
JF - Nano Letters
TI - Heavy-hole states in germanium hut wires
VL - 16
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Daphnia species have become models for ecological genomics and exhibit interesting features, such as high phenotypic plasticity and a densely packed genome with many lineage-specific genes. They are also cyclic parthenogenetic, with alternating asexual and sexual cycles and environmental sex determination. Here, we present a de novo transcriptome assembly of over 32,000 D. galeata genes and use it to investigate gene expression in females and spontaneously produced males of two clonal lines derived from lakes in Germany and the Czech Republic. We find that only a low percentage (18%) of genes shows sex-biased expression and that there are many more female-biased gene (FBG) than male-biased gene (MBG). Furthermore, FBGs tend to be more conserved between species than MBGs in both sequence and expression. These patterns may be a consequence of cyclic parthenogenesis leading to a relaxation of purifying selection on MBGs. The two clonal lines show considerable differences in both number and identity of sex-biased genes, suggesting that they may have reproductive strategies differing in their investment in sexual reproduction. Orthologs of key genes in the sex determination and juvenile hormone pathways, which are thought to be important for the transition from asexual to sexual reproduction, are present in D. galeata and highly conserved among Daphnia species.
AU - Huylmans, Ann K
AU - López Ezquerra, Alberto
AU - Parsch, John
AU - Cordellier, Mathilde
ID - 1329
IS - 10
JF - Genome Biology and Evolution
TI - De novo transcriptome assembly and sex-biased gene expression in the cyclical parthenogenetic Daphnia galeata
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In this paper we investigate the existence of closed billiard trajectories in not necessarily smooth convex bodies. In particular, we show that if a body K ⊂ Rd has the property that the tangent cone of every non-smooth point q ∉ ∂K is acute (in a certain sense), then there is a closed billiard trajectory in K.
AU - Akopyan, Arseniy
AU - Balitskiy, Alexey
ID - 1330
IS - 2
JF - Israel Journal of Mathematics
TI - Billiards in convex bodies with acute angles
VL - 216
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cytokinin is a phytohormone that is well known for its roles in numerous plant growth and developmental processes, yet it has also been linked to abiotic stress response in a less defined manner. Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) Cytokinin Response Factor 6 (CRF6) is a cytokinin-responsive AP2/ERF-family transcription factor that, through the cytokinin signaling pathway, plays a key role in the inhibition of dark-induced senescence. CRF6 expression is also induced by oxidative stress, and here we show a novel function for CRF6 in relation to oxidative stress and identify downstream transcriptional targets of CRF6 that are repressed in response to oxidative stress. Analysis of transcriptomic changes in wild-type and crf6 mutant plants treated with H2O2 identified CRF6-dependent differentially expressed transcripts, many of which were repressed rather than induced. Moreover, many repressed genes also show decreased expression in 35S:CRF6 overexpressing plants. Together, these findings suggest that CRF6 functions largely as a transcriptional repressor. Interestingly, among the H2O2 repressed CRF6-dependent transcripts was a set of five genes associated with cytokinin processes: (signaling) ARR6, ARR9, ARR11, (biosynthesis) LOG7, and (transport) ABCG14. We have examined mutants of these cytokinin-associated target genes to reveal novel connections to oxidative stress. Further examination of CRF6-DNA interactions indicated that CRF6 may regulate its targets both directly and indirectly. Together, this shows that CRF6 functions during oxidative stress as a negative regulator to control this cytokinin-associated module of CRF6- dependent genes and establishes a novel connection between cytokinin and oxidative stress response.
AU - Zwack, Paul
AU - De Clercq, Inge
AU - Howton, Timothy
AU - Hallmark, H Tucker
AU - Hurny, Andrej
AU - Keshishian, Erika
AU - Parish, Alyssa
AU - Benková, Eva
AU - Mukhtar, M Shahid
AU - Van Breusegem, Frank
AU - Rashotte, Aaron
ID - 1331
IS - 2
JF - Plant Physiology
TI - Cytokinin response factor 6 represses cytokinin-associated genes during oxidative stress
VL - 172
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Antibiotic-sensitive and -resistant bacteria coexist in natural environments with low, if detectable, antibiotic concentrations. Except possibly around localized antibiotic sources, where resistance can provide a strong advantage, bacterial fitness is dominated by stresses unaffected by resistance to the antibiotic. How do such mixed and heterogeneous conditions influence the selective advantage or disadvantage of antibiotic resistance? Here we find that sub-inhibitory levels of tetracyclines potentiate selection for or against tetracycline resistance around localized sources of almost any toxin or stress. Furthermore, certain stresses generate alternating rings of selection for and against resistance around a localized source of the antibiotic. In these conditions, localized antibiotic sources, even at high strengths, can actually produce a net selection against resistance to the antibiotic. Our results show that interactions between the effects of an antibiotic and other stresses in inhomogeneous environments can generate pervasive, complex patterns of selection both for and against antibiotic resistance.
AU - Chait, Remy P
AU - Palmer, Adam
AU - Yelin, Idan
AU - Kishony, Roy
ID - 1332
JF - Nature Communications
TI - Pervasive selection for and against antibiotic resistance in inhomogeneous multistress environments
VL - 7
ER -