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Two methods to estimate protein copy number from drosophila embryo image data

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Two methods to estimate protein copy number from drosophila embryo image data

Zamparo, Lee (2009) Two methods to estimate protein copy number from drosophila embryo image data. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Experiments using microscopy which measure gene expression data usually do so indirectly, by recording the intensity of messenger RNA or proteins tagged with fluorescent agents, to produce semi-quantitative data measured by fluorescent intensity. However, quantitative measurements of mRNA or protein concentrations are imperative for developing predictive models of gene regulation networks. In the absence of experimental procedures designed to calibrate the conversion from intensity to concentration, a statistical model of the intensity values may be used to estimate this relationship. In this thesis, two different estimators are developed to estimate the relationship between intensity and protein copy number. The methods were applied to a data set of time-lapse protein expression data taken from embryos of Drosophila melanogaster . Both methods assume a linear relationship between intensity and concentration. When restricted to a specific protein, the methods produce very consistent results, and are in general agreement with other methods applied to similar data. The software used to generate the estimates is implemented as a series of scripts in R. The data is all drawn from FlyEx.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Zamparo, Lee
Pagination:viii, 47 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Comp. Sc.
Program:Computer Science and Software Engineering
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Butler, Gregory
ID Code:976470
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:26
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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