Figure 1.

(A) Low-power image of neuron with marked spines (red contours) selected for simulations. Only clearly distinguishable transversally protruding spines located on the secondary dendrite were taken. Scale bar is 10μm. (B) For each spine we measured the cross sectional area, the head-width and the length. For the symmetric spine there is no ambiguity in definition of the head-width or the length. However, for the bent spines taking as the length the distance between the point at the spine tip and the foot results in underestimation of the length. Also it is not clear which distance shall represent the spine head-width (dashed red lines). For this reason we used the virtual spine skeleton to measure the length and require the head-width line to be perpendicular to this skeleton. (C) The magnification of a neuron with marked spines selected for simulations (Scale bar: 1μm). The recorded parameters were the area (blue contour), the spine length (purple curve) and the head-width (the red line)

Ruszczycki et al. BMC Bioinformatics 2012 13:213   doi:10.1186/1471-2105-13-213
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