Neuronal Morphology Modeling Based on Microscopy Reconstruction Data in the Public Repositories
Neuronal morphology modeling is one of the key steps for reverse engineering the brain at the micro level. It creates a realistic digital version of the neuron obtained by microscopy reconstruction in a visualized way so that the structure of the whole neuron (including soma, dendrite, axon, spin, etc.) is visible in different angles in a three dimensional space. Whether the modeled neuronal morphology matches the original neuron in vivo is closely related to the details captured by the manually sampled morphological points. Many data in public neuronal morphology data repositories (such as the NeuroMorpho project) focus more on the morphology of dendrites and axons, while there are only a few points to represent the neuron soma. The lack of enough details for neuron soma makes the modeling on the soma morphology a challenging task. In this paper, we provide a general method to neuronal morphology modeling (including the soma and its connections to surrounding dendrites, and axons, with a focus on how different components are connected) and handle the challenging task when there are not many detailed sample points for soma.
KeywordsNeuron Morphology Reconstruction Neuronal Morphology Modeling Soma Reconstruction
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