Overview of Digital Electrophoresis Analysis

Butch Moomaw1, Scott Medberry2, Sean R. Gallagher3

1 Spring Branch, Texas, 2 Redwood Shores, California, 3 UVP, LLC, Upland, California
Publication Name:  Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques
Unit Number:  Unit 7.5
DOI:  10.1002/9780470089941.et0705s9
Online Posting Date:  October, 2014
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Digital imaging is the method of choice for documentation and analysis of electrophoretic separations of protein and DNA. Digital images of gel electropherograms can be obtained rapidly using CCD‐based cameras, and the images can be easily archived and analyzed using image analysis software. This overview defines important key terms and calculations for imaging, explains the capture process, reviews the range of CCD technologies used for image capture, and provides an introduction to the software and methods used for one‐ and two‐dimensional digital image analysis. © 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: electrophoresis; imaging; analysis; CCD; sCMOS; 2‐D PAGE

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Reasons for Digital Documentation and Analysis
  • Key Terms for Imaging
  • Image Capture
  • Advances in CCD Technology
  • List of Typical Camera Features and Benefits
  • Analysis
  • Image Databases for Image Retrieval and Analysis
  • Figures
  • Tables
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Literature Cited

Literature Cited
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Key References
  Glasbey and Horgan, 1994. See above.
  Describes general image‐processing techniques as they are applied to biological images.
  Russ, 1995. See above.
  A general reference book on digital image capture and analysis.
  Sutherland, J.C. 1993. Electronic imaging of electrophoretic gels and blots. In Advances in Electrophoresis, Vol. 6. (A. Chrambach, M.J. Dunn, and B.J. Radola, eds.) pp. 1‐41. VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Weinheim, Germany.
  Provides an overview of image capture with particular emphasis on types of capture equipment.
Internet Resources
  The main ImageJ site at the NIH, visited over 10,000,000 times to date. Contains documentation and links on ImageJ. ImageJ is free software that provides basic image analysis tools (see APPENDIX ).
  Contains an excellent description of gamma correction in the Gamma FAQ.
  A list of links to many two‐dimensional electrophoresis gel databases that are available via the Internet.
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