Take-Home Message: Although the developmental phase of
eterinalaminitis is clinically silent, pathological changes are occurring atthe microscopic levels, including structural alterations of thesensitive epidermal lamellae as well as inammation within thedermal lamellae and corium dermis. A comprehensive descriptionof the stepwise progression of microanatomic pathology inexperimental laminitis induction models provides a betterunderstanding of laminitis pathogenesis and potential targets forpreventive or therapeutic intervention.Introduction: The catastrophic outcome of equine laminitis insevere cases is the failure of attachment between the distalphalanx (P3) and the overlying hoof capsule. This biomechanicalfailure follows the onset of acute laminitis, with lameness,bounding digital pulses, and heat in the hoof. The clinical phase ispreceded by a clinically silent developmental phase.Laminitis develops as a result of many different causes, includingtrauma, biomechanical overload (e.g. severe contralateral limblameness), endocrine/metabolic disease (e.g. equine metabolicsyndrome, pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction), orthopedic orvisceral inammatory disease (e.g. sepsis, systemic inammatoryresponse syndrome), and hindgut disturbance, particularly due tograzing pasture with a high fructan content. In all cases, theunderlying pathogenesis is not clearly understood.The oligofructose (OF) induction model of laminitis createsa hindgut disturbance, resulting in colitis and laminitis. Thisadhesion molecules (ICAM-1, E-selectin), and COX-2. There wasno change in MCP-1 or IL-10. In the DEV group, mRNA concen-trations of CXCL-1, ICAM-1, IL-1, CXCL8, and MCP-2 weredecreased (p < .05), and the anti-inammatory cytokine IL-10was increased compared with NON-RX limbs (p < .05).Discussion: Cryotherapy is one of the few therapeutic options forthe treatment or prevention of laminitis that has withstoodmultiple scientic investigations. However, there has been a greatdeal of controversy regarding the mechanism(s) by which itexerts a protective effect on the laminae. The current studydemonstrates that cryotherapy blocks multiple inammatorysignaling pathways, indicating that it most likely inhibits one ofthe central upstream inammatory signaling mechanisms such asTLR, NFkB, or MAPK signaling. This study provides further supportfor the institution of cryotherapy in any horse with an acute septiccondition which puts it at immediate risk for laminitis. The nextstudy will determine whether cryotherapy is still valuable wheninstituted at the onset of clinical signs of laminitis.Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Digital hypothermia/cryo-therapy results in a marked decrease in laminar inammatoryevents during the developmental phase of carbohydrate-inducedlaminitis. It should be instituted in any horse with an acute septiccondition which puts it at immediate risk for laminitis.
An up-close and early look at lamellar pathologycharacteristic of oligofructose-induced laminitis
Julie Engiles 1, Lauren Duffee 2,5, Susan Megee 2,3,Christopher Pollitt 4, Andrew Van Eps 4, Mary Robinson 3,and Hannah Galantino-Homer 2,31 Department of Pathobiology, New Bolton Center, 2 LaminitisInstitute, New Bolton Center, 3 Department of Clinical Studies,New Bolton Center, 5 Veterinary student class of 2013; School ofVeterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Squareand Philadelphia, PA, USA, 4 School of Veterinary Science,University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD, Australia
Abstracts / Journal of Equine Vmodel is thought to mimic laminitis due to excess pasture fructancontent. Carbohydrate overload induction model studies havedemonstrated increased inammatory gene expression andleukocyte accumulation in developmental stages of laminitis;however, to date the majority of laminitis histopathology hasmainly focused on basement membrane (BM) destruction and thedegree of BM separation from the epidermal basal cells.The goals of this study were to: 1) semi-quantitatively charac-terize the microanatomic alterations of the sensitive lamellae inOF induction model subjects at various time points during thedevelopmental and acute stages of laminitis, and 2) better char-acterize the inammatory component using both histochemicaland immunohistochemical stains.Materials and Methods: Following either OF administration orsham treatment, 4 treatment groups of horses (n6 per group)were euthanized for lamellar tissue retrieval:
control horses, which underwent sham induction and wereeuthanized at 24 h
two time points during the developmental phase (12 h and18 h)
one group that was euthanized at 24 h, which was at theonset of acute laminitis
Both front feet from each horse were harvested and sensitivelamellar tissues were trimmed and processed for routine histo-pathology including hematoxylin and eosin and periodic acid-Schiff stains. Slides of sensitive lamellar tissues were evaluated forquantitative and qualitative parameters. Quantitative parametersincluded the following:
average primary epidermal lamellar (PEL) length, in mm average keratinized axis (KA) displacement (mm) average KA width (mm) average secondary epidermal lamellar (SEL) length (mm) average SEL width (mm) necrotic/apoptotic/dyskeratotic cell index (number per 10high-powered elds [hpf])
mitotic cell index (number per 10 hpf)
Qualitative parameters were graded on a scale from 1 to 4 (nor-mal1, mild2, moderate3, severe4) and included thefollowing:
degree of PEL branching degree of SEL distortion degree of lamellar inammation degree of (deep) corium inammation degree of BM separation
Additional re-cuts from the original parafn-embedded blockswere obtained for immunohistochemical stains to characterizethe inammatory cell inltrate including CD3 (T-lymphocytemarker), CD79a (B-lymphocyte marker), F4/80+ (macrophagemarker), and caspase-3 (apoptosis marker).Compared parameter means for both front feet harvested fromthe 6 horses in each of the 4 study groups were analyzed byKruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance on ranks (due to lackof normality) and pairwise post-hoc tests. The F4/80+ antibodywas validated in the horse by western blotting (protein extractedfrom equine lymph node, cultured macrophages, serum, andsensitive lamellae from a horse with naturally occurring lami-nitis) and indirect immunouorescence using formalin-xed,parafn-embedded sections of equine lymph node.Results: Signicant differences in both quantitative and qualita-tive measurements were detected between the sham-treatedcontrols and the OF-treated horses. Among the different treat-ment groups, signicant differences in histopathologic parame-
ry Science 31 (2011) 562-609 589ters included SEL length, KA width, degree of SEL distortion, anddegree of inammation in the corium and lamellar tissues. TheF4/80+ antibody was found to be a valid marker for equinemacrophages.
related injury, the shoeing mechanics are selected to support thetreatment of this injury.When a horse is laid up for another sort of
In horses with little sole depth, I would put in a lot of mechanicsto try to enhance sole growth. For example, a full-rocker
eterinawith the rider and veterinarian in advance of any lay-up. If thecurrent shoeing is retained because the horse is still in work, thena different shoeing plan can be discussed in case lay-up occurslater. That way, everybody already knows about it, so no time willbe lost.For example, in a horse with severely contracted and shearedheels, I may pull the shoes off as soon as I get a chance. Withrepeated trimming over a short period of time, the problem cannot only be corrected, but the feet can be dramatically improved,which gives the horse a better foundation for the upcomingseason.During a lay-up, I try to remove any kind of glue from the feet, aswell as any shoeing applications that have been used to give thehorse more traction. Bigger changes that would have beenimpractical while the horse was in work can now be applied, andwill allow us to see how the horse is likely to respond when it isback in work.
Examples: In my shoeing philosophy, there is always one bigconict: It is always the goal to align the bony column, butsometimes there is not enough hoof to accomplish that goal withtrimming alone. For example, with low and under-run heels, theThe toe crena: gross and microscopic examination of thenormal white line
Lisa Lancaster PhD, DVMPathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, Michigan StateUniversity
Take-Home Message: The toe crena may be a marker of toe wallhealth, as evidence suggests that it may be an adaptation tomechanical stress. In feet with pre-existing pathology, monitoringof the toe region may prove clinically useful over the course oflaminitis treatment or other hoof rehabilitation.Introduction: The crena is identied in radiographs of the distalphalanx as a notch at mid-toe on the distal edge. The same term isalso used by farriers to describe a notch on the bearing surface ofthe hoof at mid-toe in the white line region. There is no publishedinjury or for any other reason, it can give us enough time to applyshoeing mechanics or even a barefoot treatment to improve thehoof balance and condition before the horse starts back in work.When a hoof problem is present, it is important to communicate
aluminium shoe may be used during lay-up. When the horse goesback to work, the mechanics are reduced but kept in place.Discussion: In this study we semi-quantitatively characterizedthe microanatomic alterations in the sensitive lamellae at varioustime points during the developmental and acute stages of lami-nitis induced by OF. We further characterized the inammatoryevents occurring within these developmental and acute laminiticphases using both histochemical and immunohistochemicalstains. In short, inammation in the lamellae and corium issignicant in the developme