Integrating image analysis algorithms in a web interface for the quantification of microtubule dynamics

Int J Comput Biol Drug Des. 2012;5(3-4):298-313. doi: 10.1504/IJCBDD.2012.049211. Epub 2012 Sep 24.


We present improvements to a web interface and an integrated computational tracking algorithm for quantitative analysis of microtubule dynamics in live-cell microscopy images. Based on a previously implemented system, more new functionalities have been added to the interface. The system also integrates a computational tracking algorithm to aid the analysis. The analysis workflow of the proposed interface is made similar to the current manual analysis workflow in order to make the interface intuitive to use. We show the workflow of the computer analysis algorithm and how it is used to aid the existing analysis workflow. We also demonstrate how to re-evaluate existing data in a case study using real imaging data. Lastly, we show the added functionalities of the interface including how to share image data and analysis results.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Internet
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods
  • Microtubules / metabolism*
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Workflow