ShuTu: Rat dentate gyrus granule cell 100X (compressed)
Here we provide images of a rat dentate gyrus granule cell (100X) for practicing reconstruction using the ShuTu software platform. The cell was filled and imaged by Ching-Lung Hsu in the Spruston Lab. Two resolutions are provided, 63X and 100X. For more accurate reconstruction, use 100X.
Currently this compressed file is set up only for Ubuntu. Due to agressive compression, the sharpness of the images is somewhat reduced. To decompress, first install OpenJPEG then decompress the images using the following commands:
sudo sh installOpenJpegForCompression.sh
python decompressToTiff.py ~/granuleCellCompress
ShuTu (Chinese for "dendrite") is a software platform for semi-automated reconstruction of neuronal morphology. It is designed for neurons stained following patch-clamp recording and biocytin filling/staining. With an additional preprocessing step, it can also handle fluorescence images from confocal stacks.
Even when there is only a single neuron in the imaged volume, automated reconstruction is tricky, because of background. Thus, ShuTu was developed to facilitate a two-step process: automated reconstruction, followed by manual correction. The software uses sophisticated algorithms to perform the automated reconstruction, as well as a convenient user interface to facilitate efficient completion of the reconstruction via manual annotation.