Automated Analysis of Intracellular Dynamic Processes

  • Yao Yao
  • Ihor Smal
  • Ilya Grigoriev
  • Maud Martin
  • Anna Akhmanova
  • Erik MeijeringEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1563)


The study of intracellular dynamic processes is of fundamental importance for understanding a wide variety of diseases and developing effective drugs and therapies. Advanced fluorescence microscopy imaging systems nowadays allow the recording of virtually any type of process in space and time with super-resolved detail and with high sensitivity and specificity. The large volume and high information content of the resulting image data, and the desire to obtain objective, quantitative descriptions and biophysical models of the processes of interest, require a high level of automation in data analysis. Two key tasks in extracting biologically meaningful information about intracellular dynamics from image data are particle tracking and particle trajectory analysis. Here we present state-of-the-art software tools for these tasks and describe how to use them.

Key words

Intracellular dynamics Fluorescence microscopy Image analysis Particle tracking Trajectory analysis Feature extraction Feature visualization Software tools 



This work was supported by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW Grants 10443 and 13391).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yao Yao
    • 1
  • Ihor Smal
    • 1
  • Ilya Grigoriev
    • 2
  • Maud Martin
    • 2
  • Anna Akhmanova
    • 2
  • Erik Meijering
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departments of Medical Informatics and Radiology, Biomedical Imaging Group RotterdamErasmus University Medical CenterRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of ScienceUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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