Recovery and Visualization of 3D Structure of Chromosomes from Tomographic Reconstruction Images

  • Sabarish Babu
  • Pao-Chuan Liao
  • Min C. Shin
  • Leonid V. Tsap
Open Access
Research Article
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  1. Advanced Signal Processing Techniques for Bioinformatics


The objectives of this work include automatic recovery and visualization of a 3D chromosome structure from a sequence of 2D tomographic reconstruction images taken through the nucleus of a cell. Structure is very important for biologists as it affects chromosome functions, behavior of the cell, and its state. Analysis of chromosome structure is significant in the detection of diseases, identification of chromosomal abnormalities, study of DNA structural conformation, in-depth study of chromosomal surface morphology, observation of in vivo behavior of the chromosomes over time, and in monitoring environmental gene mutations. The methodology incorporates thresholding based on a histogram analysis with a polyline splitting algorithm, contour extraction via active contours, and detection of the 3D chromosome structure by establishing corresponding regions throughout the slices. Visualization using point cloud meshing generates a 3D surface. The 3D triangular mesh of the chromosomes provides surface detail and allows a user to interactively analyze chromosomes using visualization software.


Point Cloud Chromosomal Abnormality Active Contour Triangular Mesh Chromosome Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabarish Babu
    • 1
  • Pao-Chuan Liao
    • 1
  • Min C. Shin
    • 1
  • Leonid V. Tsap
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Systems Research Group, Electronics Engineering DepartmentUniversity of California Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA

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