Modified variational bayes EM estimation of hidden markov tree model of cell lineages
Summary, in English
Motivation: Human pluripotent stem cell lines persist in culture as a heterogeneous population of SSEA3 positive and SSEA3 negative cells. Tracking individual stem cells in real time can elucidate the kinetics of cells switching between the SSEA3 positive and negative substates. However, identifying a cell's substate at all time points within a cell lineage tree is technically difficult. Results: A variational Bayesian Expectation Maximization (EM) with smoothed probabilities (VBEMS) algorithm for hidden Markov trees (HMT) is proposed for incomplete tree structured data. The full posterior of the HMT parameters is determined and the underflow problems associated with previous algorithms are eliminated. Example results for the prediction of the types of cells in synthetic and real stem cell lineage trees are presented.
- Other Medical Biotechnology
- Developmental Biology
- ISSN: 1367-4803