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Analysis of confocal images using variable-width line profiles.
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PMID:  20229327     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
A line profile of fluorescent intensities in confocal images is frequently examined. We have developed the computer software tool to analyse the profiles of intensities of fluorescent probes in confocal images. The software averages neighbouring pixels, adjacent to the central line, without reducing the spatial resolution of the image. As an experimental model, we have used the skeletal muscle fibre isolated from the rat skeletal muscle extensor digitorum brevis. As a marker of myofibrils' structure, we have used phalloidin-rhodamine staining and the anti-TIM antibody to label mitochondria. We also tested the distribution of the protein kinase B/Akt. Since signalling is ordered in modules and large protein complexes appear to direct signalling to organelles and regulate specific physiological functions, a software tool to analyse such complexes in fluorescent confocal images is required. The software displays the image, and the user defines the line for analysis. The image is rotated by the angle of the line. The line profile is calculated by averaging one dimension of the cropped rotated image matrix. The spatial resolution in averaged line profile is not decreased compared with single-pixel line profile, which was confirmed by the discrete Fourier transform computed with a fast Fourier transform algorithm. We conclude that the custom software tool presented here is a useful tool to analyse line profiles of fluorescence intensities in confocal images.
Marko Kreft; Mateja Prebil; Helena H Chowdhury; Sonja Grilc; Jørgen Jensen; Robert Zorec
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-03-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Protoplasma     Volume:  246     ISSN:  1615-6102     ISO Abbreviation:  Protoplasma     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9806853     Medline TA:  Protoplasma     Country:  Austria    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology-Molecular Cell Physiology, Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Zaloska 4, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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