Quantitative and Comparative Analysis of Global Patterns of (Microtubule) Cytoskeleton Organization with CytoskeletonAnalyzer2D

  • Birgit Möller
  • Luise Zergiebel
  • Katharina BürstenbinderEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1992)


The microtubule cytoskeleton plays important roles in cell morphogenesis. To investigate the mechanisms of cytoskeletal organization, for example, during growth or development, in genetic studies, or in response to environmental stimuli, image analysis tools for quantitative assessment are needed. Here, we present a method for texture measure-based quantification and comparative analysis of global microtubule cytoskeleton patterns and subsequent visualization of output data. In contrast to other approaches that focus on the extraction of individual cytoskeletal fibers and analysis of their orientation relative to the growth axis, CytoskeletonAnalyzer2D quantifies cytoskeletal organization based on the analysis of local binary patterns. CytoskeletonAnalyzer2D thus is particularly well suited to study cytoskeletal organization in cells where individual fibers are difficult to extract or which lack a clearly defined growth axis, such as leaf epidermal pavement cells. The tool is available as ImageJ plugin and can be combined with publicly available software and tools, such as R and Cytoscape, to visualize similarity networks of cytoskeletal patterns.

Key words

Cytoskeleton Microtubules Actin Pattern analysis Texture measure ImageJ MiToBo R software 



This work was supported by IPB core funding (Leibniz Association) from the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Saxony-Anhalt.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birgit Möller
    • 1
  • Luise Zergiebel
    • 2
  • Katharina Bürstenbinder
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceMartin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Signal ProcessingLeibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)Halle (Saale)Germany

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