A method to quantify mouse coat-color proportions
2009 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 4, no 4, e5414- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Coat-color proportions and patterns in mice are used as assays for many processes such as transgene expression, chimerism, and epigenetics. In many studies, coat-color readouts are estimated from subjective scoring of individual mice. Here we show a method by which mouse coat color is quantified as the proportion of coat shown in one or more digital images. We use the yellow-agouti mouse model of epigenetic variegation to demonstrate this method. We apply this method to live mice using a conventional digital camera for data collection. We use a raster graphics editing program to convert agouti regions of the coat to a standard, uniform, brown color and the yellow regions of the coat to a standard, uniform, yellow color. We use a second program to quantify the proportions of these standard colors. This method provides quantification that relates directly to the visual appearance of the live animal. It also provides an objective analysis with a traceable record, and it should allow for precise comparisons of mouse coats and mouse cohorts within and between studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 4, no 4, e5414- p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18755DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005414OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18755DiVA: diva2:221297
S. Ounpraseuth, T.M. Rafferty, R.E. McDonald-Phillips, W.M. Gammill, E.R. Siegel, K.L. Wheeler, Erik Nilsson and C.A. Cooney, A method to quantify mouse coat-color proportions, 2009, PLoS ONE, (4), 4, e5414.
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