Nov 1, 2017

A platform for stereological quantitative analysis of the brain-wide distribution of type-specific neurons

Scientific Reports
Chen ZhangJing Yuan


Quantifying the distribution of specific neurons throughout the whole brain is crucial for understanding physiological actions, pathological alterations and pharmacological treatments. However, the precise cell number and density of specific neurons in the entire brain remain unknown because of a lack of suitable research tools. Here, we propose a pipeline to automatically acquire and analyse the brain-wide distribution of type-specific neurons in a mouse brain. We employed a Brain-wide Positioning System to collect high-throughput anatomical information with the co-localized cytoarchitecture of the whole brain at subcellular resolution and utilized the NeuroGPS algorithm to locate and count cells in the whole brain. We evaluated the data continuity of the 3D dataset and the accuracy of stereological cell counting in 3D. To apply this pipeline, we acquired and quantified the brain-wide distributions and somatic morphology of somatostatin-expressing neurons in transgenic mouse brains. The results indicated that this whole-brain cell counting pipeline has the potential to become a routine tool for cell type neuroscience studies.

Mentioned in this Paper

Entire Brain
Automation, Laboratory
Science of Morphology
Tissue Specificity
Cell Count
Computer Programs and Programming
Neurosciences Research

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