COMBImage: a modular parallel processing framework for pairwise drug combination analysis that quantifies temporal changes in label-free video microscopy movies

BMC Bioinformatics
Efthymia ChantziMats G Gustafsson


Large-scale pairwise drug combination analysis has lately gained momentum in drug discovery and development projects, mainly due to the employment of advanced experimental-computational pipelines. This is fortunate as drug combinations are often required for successful treatment of complex diseases. Furthermore, most new drugs cannot totally replace the current standard-of-care medication, but rather have to enter clinical use as add-on treatment. However, there is a clear deficiency of computational tools for label-free and temporal image-based drug combination analysis that go beyond the conventional but relatively uninformative end point measurements. COMBImage is a fast, modular and instrument independent computational framework for in vitro pairwise drug combination analysis that quantifies temporal changes in label-free video microscopy movies. Jointly with automated analyses of temporal changes in cell morphology and confluence, it performs and displays conventional cell viability and synergy end point analyses. The image processing algorithms are parallelized using Google's MapReduce programming model and optimized with respect to method-specific tuning parameters. COMBImage is shown to process time-lapse microscopy mov...Continue Reading


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