Ridge plot: a single surfactant protein D dodecamer – many image processing programs

This was an idea I got from searching how to compare grayscale plots of AFM images of varioius molecules, but in this case, that is, the RIDGE PLOT. Image below is a ridge plot of of just a few of the grayscale (LUT plot) tracings made of a single SP-D dodecamer (image 41_aka_45). The variations in the plots arise from the two different hexamers (top plots are one hexamer, bottom half is the other hexamer), subjected to various image processing filters (in numerous programs). The second source of variation would be where in the center of each hexamer the segmented line for the plot is drawn (all drawn using ImageJ).  The differences in image processing filters cause noticeable differences in peak height, but change little in the number of peaks per plot.  The basic shape of the plot of each hexamer is very consistent, but the plots for the two hexamers has greater variation.

While I dont know yet if there is a way to compare the ridge plots using signal processing (I continue to look for that) in the mean time, this purely graphic representation (unedited) shows clear evidence of consistently appearing peaks between the N termini junction peak and the peaks associated with the CRD (no new news there). But the visual information is quite accurate.

Where plots are almost identical one understands that the variations in filters did very little to change the grayscale plots, where there is greater difference, then the image processing enhanced or reduced the heights of the peaks. More variability in the plots one of the two hexamers is evident (top tracings).

Image with plots normalized for x axis and center peak centered in this image.

I will use CorelDRAW to normalize the width of the plots, and center the N termini junction.

Here is a ridge plot, each tracing staggered slightly to the right, and transparent graded color marking KNOWN, and reported peaks.  Center=N termini junction, light orange; on each side of the N term, Glycosylation peaks=green; and at right and left ends, CarbohydrateRecognitionDomain peak(s) sometimes one sometimes two=orange.