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Presentation Information     2007-02-05 (15:15)   •  The seminar room at Vi2

Speaker Amin Allalou
Type Master thesis presentation
Title Algorithm design for signal detection in fluorescence microscopy images of cells
Abstract Cell cultures as well as cells in tissue always display a certain degree of variability, and measurements based on cell averages will miss important information contained in a heterogeneous population. Fluorescenc microscopy in combination with automated digital image analysis provides an efficient approach to single cell analysis. Image analysis software for these types of applications is however often complicated and not easy to use for persons lacking extensive knowledge in image analysis, e.g., laboratory personnel. This thesis presents an implementation of an automated method for image based measurements of mitochondiral DNA (mtDNA) mutations in individual cells detected with padlock probes and RCA. The implementation is done as an added functionality to a user friendly and MS Windows based image analysis software called VIS (Visiopharm A/S). The mitochondria are present in the cell's cytoplasm, and each cytoplasm has to be delineated. Three different methods for segmentation of cytoplasms are compared and it is shown that automated cytoplasmic delineation can be performed 30 times faster than manual delineation, with an accuracy as high as 87%. The final image based measurements of mitochondrial mutation load are also compared to, and show high agreement with, measurements made using biochemical techniques.