Title

Semi-automated Quantification of Axonal Densities in Labeled CNS Tissue

Document Type

Journal Article

Role

Author

Standard Number

0165-0270

Journal Title

Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Volume

155

Issue

2

First Page

172

Last Page

179

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

Current techniques used to quantify axons often rely upon manual quantification or potentially expensive commercially available programs for automated quantification. We describe a computerized method for the detection and quantification of axons in the rat CNS using readily available free software. Feature J, a java-based plug-in to the imaging software NIH Image J, faithfully detects linear structures such as axons in confocal or bright-field images using a Hessian-based algorithm. We validated the method by comparing values obtained by manual and automated analyses of axons induced to grow in response to neurotrophin over-expression in the rat spinal cord. We also demonstrated that the program can be used to quantify neurotrophin-induced growth of lesioned serotonergic axons in the rat cortex, where manual measurement would be impractical due to dense axonal growth. The use of this software suite provided faster and less biased quantification of labeled axons in comparison to manual measurements at no cost.

Faculty Start Year

2013

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