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Title: Unbiased and robust analysis of co-localization in super-resolution images Authors:  Hui Zhang - Northwestern University (United States) [presenting]
Abstract: Spatial data from high-resolution images abound in many scientific disciplines. For example, single-molecule localization microscopy, such as stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy, provides super-resolution images to help scientists investigate the co-localization of proteins and hence their interactions inside cells, which are key events in living cells. However, there are few accurate methods for analyzing co-localization in super-resolution images. The current methods and software are prone to produce false-positive errors and are restricted to only 2-dimensional images. We will propose a novel statistical method to effectively address the problems of unbiased and robust quantification and comparison of protein co-localization for multiple 2- and 3-dimensional image datasets. This method significantly improves the analysis of protein co-localization using super-resolution image data, as shown by its excellent performance in simulation studies and an analysis of light chain 3-lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 protein co-localization in cell autophagy. Moreover, this method is directly applicable to co-localization analyses in other disciplines, such as diagnostic imaging, epidemiology, environmental science, and ecology.