Live time-lapse dataset of in vitro wound healing experiments

Assaf Zaritsky, Sari Natan, Doron Kaplan, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Ilan Tsarfaty

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Background: The wound healing assay is the common method to study collective cell migration in vitro. Computational analyses of live imaging exploit the rich temporal information and significantly improve understanding of complex phenomena that emerge during this mode of collective motility. Publicly available experimental data can allow application of new analyses to promote new discoveries, and assess algorithms' capabilities to distinguish between different experimental conditions.Findings: A freely-available dataset of 31 time-lapse in vitro wound healing experiments of two cell lines is presented. It consists of six different experimental conditions with 4-6 replicates each, gathered to study the effects of a growth factor on collective cell migration. The raw data is available at 'The Cell: an Image Library' repository. This Data Note provides detailed description of the data, intermediately processed data, scripts and experimental validations that have not been reported before and are currently available at GigaDB. This is the first publicly available repository of live collective cell migration data that includes independent replicates for each set of conditions.Conclusions: This dataset has the potential for extensive reuse. Some aspects in the data remain unexplored and can be exploited extensively to reveal new insight. The dataset could also be used to assess the performance of available and new quantification methods by demonstrating phenotypic discriminatory capabilities between the different experimental conditions. It may allow faster and more elaborated, reproducible and effective analyses, which will likely lead to new biological and biophysical discoveries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Issue number1
StatePublished - 25 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Collective cell migration, Wound healing assay
  • HGF/SF-Met
  • Image analysis
  • Live cell imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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