Automatic determination of NET (neutrophil extracellular traps) coverage in fluorescent microscopy images.
Coelho LP, Pato C, Friães A, Neumann A, von Köckritz-Blickwede M, Ramirez M, Carriço JA
2015 Jul 15; 31(14): 2364-70. PubMed: 25792554.
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are believed to be essential in controlling several bacterial pathogens. Quantification of NETs in vitro is an important tool in studies aiming to clarify the biological and chemical factors contributing to NET production, stabilization and degradation. This estimation can be performed on the basis of fluorescent microscopy images using appropriate labelings. In this context, it is desirable to automate the analysis to eliminate both the tedious process of manual annotation and possible operator-specific biases.