The prevalence of apoptotic keratinocytes in equine epidermis: a retrospective light-microscopic study of skin-biopsy specimens from 253 horses with normal skin or inflammatory dermatoses.J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med. 2004 Dec; 51(9-10):400-4.JV
A retrospective study was performed to assess the prevalence of apoptotic epidermal keratinocytes in biopsy specimens from 226 horses with inflammatory dermatoses and from 27 normal specimens. One or more apoptotic keratinocytes were found in specimens from 28 of 226 (12%) horses with various dermatoses, and in one of 27 (4%) specimens from normal horses. The prevalence (proportion of cases with apoptotic epidermal keratinocytes) of apoptotic keratinocytes in the group composed of discoid lupus erythematosus, erythema multiforme, photodermatitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus was significantly greater (52% prevalence in these cases) than that in a grouping of all other dermatoses (prevalence 8%). There was no correlation between the number of apoptotic keratinocytes and the extent of epidermal hyperplasia or hyperkeratosis.