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Analysis of immune cell function using in vivo cell shape analysis and tracking

Reyes-Aldasoro, C. C., Zhao, Y., Coca, D. , Billings, S. A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Tozer, G. M. & Renshaw, S. A. (2009). Analysis of immune cell function using in vivo cell shape analysis and tracking. Paper presented at the 4th IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics, 07-09-2009 - 09-09-2009, Sheffield, UK.


In this paper, a tracking and shape analysis algorithm for neutrophils of zebrafish is proposed. The neutrophils were fluorescently labelled with Green Fluorescent Protein and observed in a time-lapse three dimensional video through a confocal microscope. The neutrophils were segmented from the background and tracked with a keyhole model of movement. Morphological analysis was performed by calculating the volume of the segmented objects together with the measurements of sphericity, tortuosity and average number of end points of the centre lines. We speculate that these measurements are related to the activation of the neutrophils as part of the process of killing and digesting bacteria. The algorithm is fully automatic and should provide a robust frame- work of analysis for posterior analysis of the neutrophils in zebrafish.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: Tracking Neutrophils, Zebrafish Model, Cell Morphological Analysis, Neutrophil Activation
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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