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Subcellular structure segmentation from cryo-electron tomograms via machine learning

By Li Zhou, Chao Yang, Weiguo Gao, Talita Perciano, Karen M Davies, Nicholas K Sauter

Posted 09 Apr 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.09.034025

We describe how to use several machine learning techniques organized in a learning pipeline to segment and identify subcellular structures from cryo-electron tomograms. These tomograms are difficult to analyze with traditional segmentation tools. The learning pipeline in our approach starts from supervised learning via a special convolutional neural network trained with simulated data. It continues with semi-supervised reinforcement learning and/or a region merging techniques that try to piece together disconnected components that should belong to the same subcellular structure. A parametric or non-parametric fitting procedure is then used to enhance the segmentation results and quantify uncertainties in the fitting. Domain knowledge is used in generating the training data for the neural network and in guiding the fitting procedure through the use of appropriately chosen priors and constraints. We demonstrate that the approach proposed here work well for extracting membrane surfaces of protein reconstituted liposomes in a cellular environment that contains other artifacts. ### Competing Interest Statement

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