Automated Reconstruction of Whole-Embryo Cell Lineages by Learning from Sparse Annotations
Malin-Mayor C., Hirsch P., Guignard L., McDole K., Wan Y., Lemon W., Keller P., Preibisch S., Funke J.
31 mars 2022
We present a method for automated nucleus identification and tracking in time-lapse microscopy recordings of entire developing embryos. Our method combines deep learning and global optimization to enable complete lineage reconstruction from sparse point annotations, and uses parallelization to process multi-terabyte light-sheet recordings, which we demonstrate on three common model organisms: mouse, zebrafish, Drosophila. On the most difficult dataset (mouse), our method correctly reconstructs 75.8% of cell lineages spanning 1 hour, compared to 31.8% for the previous state of the art, thus enabling biologists to determine where and when cell fate decisions are made in developing embryos, tissues, and organs.