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Red Dots in Green Cells 14b

This macro analyzes fluorescence microscopy images produced by the in situ proximity ligation assay (PLA), also known as DuoLink. The PLA signal consists of fluorescent dots in images of cells or tissue. More specifically, the macro counts red dots only in green cells (expressing GFP, for example). A report including red dot counts and green cell areas is saved after analyzing a whole folder of images.

Technical details
The macro can be edited within Fiji or using a text editor. In the current version, images are expected to be acquired with the 63X objective of a Zeiss confocal microscope and saved as Blue Green Red Z stack lsm files. Processing includes:
1. maximal intensity projection.
2. channel splitting (1 blue, 2 green and 3 red).
3. segmentation using the 'Statistical Region Merging' plugin provided by Fiji, followed by thresholding, to detect all but the faintest green cells.
4. masking the red image with the green one to remove dots that don't overlap green areas.
5. counting and outlining remaining red dots with the 'Analyze Particles' feature of ImageJ.
6. generating a report image by merging 3 color channels and white outlines of detected red dots.
7. preparing a table to summarize red dot counts and green cell areas.

Please avoid taking pictures where green and non-green cells overlap because red dots produced by negative cells would be counted in overlapping regions.

Works with Fiji / ImageJ (Version: 2.0.0-rc-15/1.49m from 2014-10-06), which runs under Intel Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows XP or later and Linux. Fiji is available for free from or

Provided files
In addition to the macro, the download includes simple instructions to install and run the software, as well as an example image file that can be analyzed.
12/20/2014 14:33
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Version: 14b
License: Free
O/S: OS X, Windows, Linux

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