SOAX

Description

SOAX is an open source software tool to extract the centerlines, junctions and filament lengths of biopolymer networks in 2D and 3D images. It facilitates quantitative, reproducible and objective analysis of the image data. The underlying method of SOAX uses multiple Stretching Open Active Contours (SOACs) that are automatically initialized at image intensity ridges and then stretch along the centerlines of filaments in the network. SOACs can merge, stop at junctions, and reconfigure with others to allow smooth crossing at junctions of filaments.

SOAX provides 3D visualization for exploring image data and visually checking results against the image. Quantitative analysis functions based on extracted networks are also implemented in SOAX, including spatial distribution, orientation, and curvature of filamentous structures. SOAX also provides interactive manual editing to further improve the extraction results, which can be saved in a file for archiving or further analysis. Useful for microtubules or actin filaments.

Observation: Depending on the operating system, the installation may or may not require Boost C++, ITK and VTK libraries. Windows has a standalone executable application without the need of those. 

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SLOTH

Description

A collection for tracking microtubule dynamics, written in Python.

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Zebrafish Embryo Tool

Description

Normalize the orientation of the images of the Zebrafish embryos.

In the documentation webpage, the aim of the workflow is to normalize the orientation of the images of the Zebrafish embryos, find the point of injection of tumor cells and measure the distribution of Cy3 stained tumor foci.

ImageJ macro implementation of the Workflow described in Ghotra et al (2012). Note that currently only the angle and orientation normalization is implemented in this version.

Sample images are linked in the documentation webpage. 

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Segmentation of Clustered Cells in MATLAB

Description

A clear tutorial on how to write a MATLAB script to segment clustered cells.

The full script is downloadable near the bottom of the article. 

Segmentation and quantification of subcellular structures in fluorescence microscopy images using Squassh

Description

A workflow template to analyze subcellular structures in fluorescence 2D/3D microscopy images based on a Fiji plugin Squassh is described in Rizek et al (2014).

The workflow employs detecting, segmenting, and quantifying subcellular structures. For segmentation, it accounts for the microscope optics and for uneven image background. Further analyses include both colocalization and shape analyses. However, it does not work directly for time-lapse data. A brief summary note can be found here.

MATLAB CellDetector

Description

CellDetector can detect cells (or other objects) in microscopy images such as histopathology, fluorescence, phase contrast, bright field, etc. It uses a machine learning-based method where a cell model is learned from simple dot annotations on a few images for training and predict on test sets. The installation requires some efforts but the instruction is well explained. Training parameters should be tuned for different datasets, but the default settings could be a good starting point.

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easyFRAP

Description

Very simple application that lets you load your time-lapse intensity data to generate the normalized FRAP recovery curve and perform exponential curve fitting.

Quote: The user can handle simultaneously large data sets of raw data, visualize fluorescence recovery curves, exclude low quality data, perform data normalization, extract quantitative parameters, perform batch analysis and save the resulting data and figures for further use. Our tool is implemented as a single-screen Graphical User Interface (GUI) and is highly interactive, as it permits parameterization and visual data quality assessment at various points during the analysis.

Oufti

Description

Oufti (previously named MicrobeTracker) is a MATLAB application / suite of tools for analysing fluorescent spots inside microbes. MicrobeTracker can identify cell outlines and fluorescent foci, and generate plots and statistics based on positions and intensity (kymographs, histograms etc.) The MATLAB code is easy to modify and extend to add additional plots and statistics: see e.g. Lesterlin et al. (2014).

The Outfi Forum is quite active.

KymographTracker

Description

Generation of Kymographs using 2D+t images. In the generated kymographs, objects can be tracked and the results are visualized.

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Quantitative analysis of focal adhesions

Description

Simple workflow description for ImageJ, step-by-step description for delineating focal adhesions, count and characterize their positions.  

Measurement of dynamics is not involved.