Deciphering anomalous heterogeneous intracellular transport with neural networks

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  • External authors:
  • Daniel Han
  • Mykola Korabel
  • Mark Johnston
  • Anna Gavrilova


Intracellular transport is predominantly heterogeneous in both time and space,
exhibiting varying non-Brownian behavior. Characterization of this movement through averaging methods over an ensemble of trajectories or over the course of a single trajectory often fails to capture this heterogeneity. Here, we developed a deep learning feedforward neural network trained on fractional Brownian motion, providing a novel, accurate and eZcient method for resolving heterogeneous behavior of intracellular transport in space and time. The neural network requires significantly fewer data points compared to established methods. This enables robust estimation of Hurst exponents for very short time series data, making possible direct, dynamic segmentation and analysis of experimental tracks of rapidly moving cellular structures such as endosomes and lysosomes. By using this analysis, fractional Brownian motion with a stochastic
Hurst exponent was used to interpret, for the 1rst time, anomalous intracellular dynamics, revealing unexpected differences in behavior between closely related endocytic organelles.

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere52224
Early online date24 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2020

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