Fractal, multifractal, and lacunarity analysis of microglia in tissue engineering

Audrey L. Karperien, Herbert F. Jelinek

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Abstract

Tissue engineering is currently one of the most exciting fields in biology (Grayson et al., 2009). Fractal analysis is equally exciting (Di Ieva et al., 2013), as is the study of microglia, the brain's immuno-inflammatory cell, recently shown to be of considerably more importance than previously imagined in both healthy and diseased brain (Tremblay et al., 2011). Each of these fields is developing at a pace far outstripping our capacity to integrate and translate the information gained into clinical use (Karperien et al., 2008b, 2013; Jelinek et al., 2011, 2013), and the excitement more than trebles where these fields intersect. Three elements of fractal analysis ' monofractal, multifractal, and lacunarity analysis ' applied to microglia may contribute significantly to the next steps forward in engineered tissues and 3D models in neuroscience.
Original languageEnglish
Article number51
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalFrontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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