Connectomic analysis of the mouse fourth deep lumbrical muscle connectome

  • T. C. Hirst (Creator)
  • Richard Ribchester (Creator)



This DataShare Collection contains twelve deposits comprising the dataset described in Hirst, TC; Ribchester, RR (2013) "Segmentation of the mouse fourth deep lumbrical muscle connectome reveals concentric organisation of motor units" J. Physiol, DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.258087.


Connectomic analysis of the nervous system aims to discover and establish principles that underpin normal and abnormal neural connectivity and function. The Ribchester group performed image analysis of motor unit connectivity in the fourth deep lumbrical muscle (4DL) of mice, using transgenic expression of fluorescent protein in motor neurones as a morphological reporter (YFP-H, YFP-16 and CFP). A method was developed that accelerated segmentation of confocal image projections of 4DL motor units, by applying high resolution (63×, 1.4 NA objective) imaging or deconvolution only where either proved necessary, in order to resolve axon crossings that produced ambiguities in the correct assignment of axon terminals to identified motor units imaged at lower optical resolution (40×, 1.3 NA).

Data Citation

Hirst, Theodore C.; Ribchester, Richard R. (2017). Segmentation of the 4DL Connectome [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. Centre for Integrative Physiology. DOIs: 10.7488/ds/2078 - 10.7488/ds/2089;
Date made available30 Jun 2017
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare

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