Statistical Characterization, Modelling and Classification of Morphological Changes in imp Mutant Drosophila Gamma Neurons

Agustina Razetti 1 Xavier Descombes 2, 1 Caroline Medioni 1, 3 Florence Besse 1, 3
1 MORPHEME - Morphologie et Images
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , IBV - Institut de Biologie Valrose : U1091, SIS - Signal, Images et Systèmes
Abstract : In Drosophila brain, gamma neurons in the mushroom body are involved in higher functions such as olfactory learning and memory. During metamorphosis, they undergo remodelling after which they adopt their adult shape. Some mutations alter remodelling and therefore neuronal final morphology, causing behavioural dysfunctions. The RNA binding protein Imp, for example, was shown to control this remodelling process at least partly by regulating profilin expression. This work aims at precisely characterizing the morphological changes observed upon imp knockdown in order to further understand the role of this protein. We develop a methodological framework that consists in the selection of relevant morphological features, their modelling and parameter estimation. We thus perform a statistical comparison and a likelihood analysis to quantify similarities and differences between wild type and mutated neurons. We show that imp mutant neurons can be classified into two phenotypic groups (called Imp L and Imp Sh) that differ in several morphological aspects. We also demonstrate that, although Imp L and wild-type neurons show similarities, branch length distribution is discriminant between these populations. Finally, we study biological samples in which Profilin was reintroduced in imp mutant neurons, and show that defects in main axon and branch lengths are partially suppressed.
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BIOSTEC 2016 - The 9h International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, Feb 2016, Rome, Italy
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Agustina Razetti, Xavier Descombes, Caroline Medioni, Florence Besse. Statistical Characterization, Modelling and Classification of Morphological Changes in imp Mutant Drosophila Gamma Neurons. BIOSTEC 2016 - The 9h International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, Feb 2016, Rome, Italy. <hal-01290499>

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