SICT: automated detection and supervised inspection of fast Ca2+ transients

Roberta Mancini, Tobias van der Bijl, Quentin Bourgeois-Jaarsma, Rizky Lasabuda, Alexander J. Groffen

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Recent advances in live Ca2+ imaging with increasing spatial and temporal resolution offer unprecedented opportunities, but also generate an unmet need for data processing. Here we developed SICT, a MATLAB program that automatically identifies rapid Ca2+ rises in time-lapse movies with low signal-to-noise ratios, using fluorescent indicators. A graphical user interface allows visual inspection of automatically detected events, reducing manual labour to less than 10% while maintaining quality control. The detection performance was tested using synthetic data with various signal-to-noise ratios. The event inspection phase was evaluated by four human observers. Reliability of the method was demonstrated in a direct comparison between manual and SICT-aided analysis. As a test case in cultured neurons, SICT detected an increase in frequency and duration of spontaneous Ca2+ transients in the presence of caffeine. This new method speeds up the analysis of elementary Ca2+ transients.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15523
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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