Teachable, high-content analytics for live-cell, phase contrast movies

J Biomol Screen. 2010 Sep;15(8):968-77. doi: 10.1177/1087057110373546. Epub 2010 Jul 16.


CL-Quant is a new solution platform for broad, high-content, live-cell image analysis. Powered by novel machine learning technologies and teach-by-example interfaces, CL-Quant provides a platform for the rapid development and application of scalable, high-performance, and fully automated analytics for a broad range of live-cell microscopy imaging applications, including label-free phase contrast imaging. The authors used CL-Quant to teach off-the-shelf universal analytics, called standard recipes, for cell proliferation, wound healing, cell counting, and cell motility assays using phase contrast movies collected on the BioStation CT and BioStation IM platforms. Similar to application modules, standard recipes are intended to work robustly across a wide range of imaging conditions without requiring customization by the end user. The authors validated the performance of the standard recipes by comparing their performance with truth created manually, or by custom analytics optimized for each individual movie (and therefore yielding the best possible result for the image), and validated by independent review. The validation data show that the standard recipes' performance is comparable with the validated truth with low variation. The data validate that the CL-Quant standard recipes can provide robust results without customization for live-cell assays in broad cell types and laboratory settings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • CHO Cells
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Physiological Phenomena*
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • Dogs
  • HeLa Cells
  • High-Throughput Screening Assays / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Mice
  • Motion Pictures*
  • NIH 3T3 Cells
  • PC12 Cells
  • Pattern Recognition, Automated / methods
  • Rats
  • Software
  • Teaching