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Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2015 Feb 1;308(3):C237-45. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00259.2014. Epub 2014 Nov 12.

Automatic quantitative analysis of t-tubule organization in cardiac myocytes using ImageJ.

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1
Laboratoire CNRS ERL 7368, Signalisation et Transports Ioniques Membranaires, Equipe Physiologie des Cellules Cardiaques et Vasculaires, Tours, France come.pasqualin@univ-tours.fr.
2
Laboratoire CNRS ERL 7368, Signalisation et Transports Ioniques Membranaires, Equipe Physiologie des Cellules Cardiaques et Vasculaires, Tours, France.

Abstract

The transverse tubule system in mammalian striated muscle is highly organized and contributes to optimal and homogeneous contraction. Diverse pathologies such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation include disorganization of t-tubules and contractile dysfunction. Few tools are available for the quantification of the organization of the t-tubule system. We developed a plugin for the ImageJ/Fiji image analysis platform developed by the National Institutes of Health. This plugin (TTorg) analyzes raw confocal microscopy images. Analysis options include the whole image, specific regions of the image (cropping), and z-axis analysis of the same image. Batch analysis of a series of images with identical criteria is also one of the options. There is no need to either reorientate any specimen to the horizontal or to do a thresholding of the image to perform analysis. TTorg includes a synthetic "myocyte-like" image generator to test the plugin's efficiency in the user's own experimental conditions. This plugin was validated on synthetic images for different simulated cell characteristics and acquisition parameters. TTorg was able to detect significant differences between the organization of the t-tubule systems in experimental data of mouse ventricular myocytes isolated from wild-type and dystrophin-deficient mice. TTorg is freely distributed, and its source code is available. It provides a reliable, easy-to-use, automatic, and unbiased measurement of t-tubule organization in a wide variety of experimental conditions.

KEYWORDS:

ImageJ; automatic analysis; cardiac myocytes; transverse tubules

PMID:
25394469
DOI:
10.1152/ajpcell.00259.2014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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