- CoLocalizer Pro
Screenshot of CoLocalizer Pro 2.6 with the main application window, background correction, histogram, and colocalization windows
Developer(s) CoLocalization Research Software Initial release April 23, 2004 Stable release 2.6.1 / January 21, 2011 Operating system Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and newer Platform Apple Macintosh License Commercial; free evaluation trial available Website www.colocalizer.com
CoLocalizer Pro is a scientific software application, developed by CoLocalization Research Software, that allows researchers to analyze colocalization in the images obtained using fluorescence microscopy. Due to high popularity of Macintosh computers in medicine and biology, the software is designed specifically for Mac OS X operating system. To bring the full advantage of Mac OS X, it is written exclusively in Cocoa. The software is a Universal application with both Intel and PowerPC compatibility. CoLocalizer Pro is used in universities and research institutions worldwide. Lite version of the software, CoLocalizer Express, is geared toward students and beginners.
In October 2011 issue, renown Nature Protocols published a CoLocalizer Pro-based protocol to quantify spatial correlations of fluorescent markers. The protocol described in details the steps needed to be taken to perform quantification of colocalization of synergetic proteins.
CoLocalizer Pro estimates the degree of colocalization by calculating several specialized coefficients and prepares obtained results for presentation and publication. The following coefficients can be calculated: Pearson's correlation coefficient (Rr), overlap coefficient (R), overlap coefficients k1-k2, colocalization coefficients m1-m2, and colocalization coefficients M1-M2. The workflow is designed to ensure that the results are accurate and reproducible. To provide the accuracy, the image background noise is corrected (removed) prior to the analysis and therefore does not impact the results. The information about the degree of colocalization of proteins can play a role in understanding their functional significance with various medical and biological implications.
- Compatible with images created by all major brands of fluorescence microscopes
- All calculations can be performed without the need to be connected to a microscope
- Unique background correction tools guarantee reliability of quantification
- Calculates coefficients on the image's and scatter gram's regions of interest (ROI)
- Reveals colocalized and selected on the scatter gram ROI pixels, traces pixels of a particular color
- Exports data in various file formats, such as Microsoft Excel, Text, PDF, and HTML
- Integrated with iLife software suite
CoLocalizer Pro is currently at version 2.6.1 and is continued to be developed by the CoLocalization Research Software team. The software capitalizes on its strength in the implementation of the background correction functionality. Its another notable feature is the option to save the results of coefficients calculations and image analysis as session reports with all the data combined in a single file for compact storage and further reference.
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- Medical imaging
- Image processing
- Mac OS X software
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