A comparison of the histochemical and image-derived proteoglycan content of articular cartilage

Afara, I., Singh, S., Moody, H., & Oloyede, A. (2013) A comparison of the histochemical and image-derived proteoglycan content of articular cartilage. Anatomy & Physiology, 03(02), p. 1000120.

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There are several methods for determining the proteoglycan content of cartilage in biomechanics experiments. Many of these include assay-based methods and the histochemistry or spectrophotometry protocol where quantification is biochemically determined. More recently a method based on extracting data to quantify proteoglycan content has emerged using the image processing algorithms, e.g., in ImageJ, to process histological micrographs, with advantages including time saving and low cost. However, it is unknown whether or not this image analysis method produces results that are comparable to those obtained from the biochemical methodology. This paper compares the results of a well-established chemical method to those obtained using image analysis to determine the proteoglycan content of visually normal (n=33) and their progressively degraded counterparts with the protocols. The results reveal a strong linear relationship with a regression coefficient (R2) = 0.9928, leading to the conclusion that the image analysis methodology is a viable alternative to the spectrophotometry.

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ID Code: 65725
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Articular cartilage, Proteoglycans quantification, Spectrophotometry, Image analysis
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0940.1000120
ISSN: 2161-0940
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Afara I, et al.
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Deposited On: 07 Jan 2014 23:00
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2014 23:50

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