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Bacterial cell identification in differential interference contrast microscopy images.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Boguslaw ObaraORCiD



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Microscopy image segmentation lays the foundation for shape analysis, motion tracking, and classification of biological objects. Despite its importance, automated segmentation remains challenging for several widely used non-fluorescence, interference-based microscopy imaging modalities. For example in differential interference contrast microscopy which plays an important role in modern bacterial cell biology. Therefore, new revolutions in the field require the development of tools, technologies and work-flows to extract and exploit information from interference-based imaging data so as to achieve new fundamental biological insights and understanding. We have developed and evaluated a high-throughput image analysis and processing approach to detect and characterize bacterial cells and chemotaxis proteins. Its performance was evaluated using differential interference contrast and fluorescence microscopy images of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Results demonstrate that the proposed approach provides a fast and robust method for detection and analysis of spatial relationship between bacterial cells and their chemotaxis proteins.

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Author(s): Obara B, Roberts MA, Armitage JP, Grau V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Bioinformatics

Year: 2013

Volume: 14

Online publication date: 23/04/2013

Date deposited: 07/05/2021

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2105

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd


DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-14-134

PubMed id: 23617824


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