Kriston-Vizi, J; Lim, CA; Condron, P; Chua, K; Wasser, M; Flotow, H; (2010) An automated high-content screening image analysis pipeline for the identification of selective autophagic inducers in human cancer cell lines. Journal of Biomolecular Screening , 15 (7) 869 - 881. 10.1177/1087057110373393.
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Automated image processing is a critical and often rate-limiting step in high-content screening (HCS) workflows. The authors describe an open-source imaging-statistical framework with emphasis on segmentation to identify novel selective pharmacological inducers of autophagy. They screened a human alveolar cancer cell line and evaluated images by both local adaptive and global segmentation. At an individual cell level, region-growing segmentation was compared with histogram-derived segmentation. The histogram approach allowed segmentation of a sporadic-pattern foreground and hence the attainment of pixel-level precision. Single-cell phenotypic features were measured and reduced after assessing assay quality control. Hit compounds selected by machine learning corresponded well to the subjective threshold-based hits determined by expert analysis. Histogram-derived segmentation displayed robustness against image noise, a factor adversely affecting region growing segmentation.
|Title:||An automated high-content screening image analysis pipeline for the identification of selective autophagic inducers in human cancer cell lines.|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|Additional information:||© 2010 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening|
|Keywords:||Automation, Autophagy, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Nucleus, High-Throughput Screening Assays, Humans, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Quality Control, Reproducibility of Results, Vacuoles|
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