3D Automated Nuclear Morphometric Analysis Using Active Meshes

  • Alexandre Dufour
  • JooHyun Lee
  • Nicole Vincent
  • Regis Grailhe
  • Auguste Genovesio
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4774)

Abstract

Recent advances in bioimaging have allowed to observe biological phenomena in three dimensions in a precise and automated fashion. However, the analysis of depth-stacks acquired in fluorescence microscopy constitutes a challenging task and motivates the development of robust methods. Automated computational schemes to process 3D multi-cell images from High Content Screening (HCS) experiments are part of the next generation methods for drug discovery. Working toward this goal, we propose a fully automated framework which allows fast segmentation and 3D morphometric analysis of cell nuclei. The method is based on deformable models called Active Meshes, featuring automated initialization, robustness to noise, real-time 3D visualization of the objects during their analysis and precise geometrical shape measurements thanks to a parametric representation of each object. The framework has been tested on a low throughput microscope (classically found in research facilities) and on a fully automated imaging platform (used in screening facilities). We also propose shape descriptors and evaluate their robustness and independence on fluorescent beads and on two cell lines.

Keywords

Active Contour Maximum Intensity Projection Active Mesh Shape Descriptor Deformable Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Dufour
    • 1
    • 3
  • JooHyun Lee
    • 2
  • Nicole Vincent
    • 3
  • Regis Grailhe
    • 2
  • Auguste Genovesio
    • 1
  1. 1.Image Mining Group, Institut PasteurKorea
  2. 2.Dynamic Imaging Platform, Institut PasteurKorea
  3. 3.Intelligent Perception Systems (SIP-CRIP5) team, Paris Descartes University 

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