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Digital imaging biomarkers for quantitative guidance of pluripotent stem cell passaging (Conference Presentation)

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We investigate the process of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) passaging. Subcultures are created by transferring cells from iPSC cultures to new growth mediums. We found that standard protocols for iPSC passaging primarily have researchers use their eyesight to determine cultures' confluencies and cell counts. With the consequences of inaccurate estimates going as far as cell death due to passaging at the suboptimal confluency, we sought to circumvent human error and develop a culture analyzing algorithm (CAA) that calculates both confluency and cell count primarily through Otsu's method. We incorporate multi-image machine learning into our CAA, improving its ability to recognize colonies as it is fed more images. In comparing our algorithm to standard protocols, we found that there was a significant percent difference between both methods when measuring the confluency and cell count of iPSC cultures. Through further refinement, we hope to streamline our CAA for large-scale use.

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Date Published: 9 March 2020
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Proc. SPIE 11243, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XVIII, 112430J (9 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2550829
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Daniel S. Gareau, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)
Jack Tapay, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)
Tomomi Haremaki, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)
James Browning, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11243:
Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XVIII
Daniel L. Farkas; Attila Tarnok, Editor(s)

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