A novel method for quantification of the folding of elastic laminae in elastic arteries
2008 (English)In: Micron, ISSN 0968-4328, E-ISSN 1878-4291, Vol. 39, no 5, 623-630 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
A transgenic mouse overexpressing the human form of semicarbazide-sensitive amine oxidase (SSAO) is known to have an abnormal structure of the elastic laminae and the elastic fibres in the aorta. Compared to the non-transgenic littermates, the elastic laminae are less folded. In order to quantify the undulation of this structure, an image analysis program that identified the elastic laminae was developed. The program measures the area fraction in different sectors from a plane parallel to the aorta wall. Images were taken from unstained aorta specimens where the elastic laminae were visualised with phase contrast microscopy. A contextual operation of the images produced a local orientation estimation for every linear structure. The image was then thresholded in eight sectors from 0 degrees to 180 degrees, with different orientation angles. The results show that the area fraction of the elastic laminae was significantly lower for the transgenic mouse in all sectors measured except for two. At 0-25 degrees, no difference was seen. In the sector at 160-180 degrees, parallel to the aorta wall, the area fraction of elastic laminae was instead significantly higher in the transgenic mouse. A novel method is presented, developed for detection and quantification of pathological changes in the elastic laminae in the aorta wall. The method gave reliable results and is considered to be a useful tool for morphometric studies of aorta with this kind of altered morphology concerning the elastic laminae. When compared with tangent count, the control group had a significantly larger mean curvature.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 39, no 5, 623-630 p.
elastic laminae, SSAO, transgenic mouse, image analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141964DOI: 10.1016/j.micron.2007.03.010ISI: 000257532400014PubMedID: 17485215OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141964DiVA: diva2:386654