Evaluation of commercially available antibodies to cytokeratin intermediate filaments and laminin in normal cat pinna.

A. E. Peaston, Robert Higgins, D. K. Naydan, K. A. Sokol

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The pattern of distribution of cytokeratin (CK) intermediate filaments can be used to characterize subsets of epithelial tissues. The purpose of the study was to examine the CK expression of feline pinna skin. Six normal feline pinnae were routinely processed in formalin. An immunohistochemical method was used to stain the pinnae with 8 commercially available anti-human CK antibodies (Abs) (PKK1, CAM 5.2, UCD 10/11, 35BH11, 34BE12, AE1/AE3, MAK 6, A575) and an anti-human laminin Ab. All the CK Abs selectively localized to epithelium except 35BH11, which did not react with any part of the pinna. Some epithelial subsets were identified by their unique staining pattern with CK Abs. Basal cells but not suprabasal cells of the epidermis stained with PKK1; basal but not lumenal cells of apocrine glands stained with 34BE12. Apocrine glands stained with all CK Abs except 35BH11. All epithelial structures were stained with A575. Basal lamina of epithelial and mesenchymal tissues was clearly identified by the anti-laminin Ab. The results indicate that in cat pinna some commercially available anti-human CK Abs selectively stain subsets of epithelium and adnexa. PKK1, 34BE12, and A575 were the CK Abs with the most consistent staining patterns, the other Abs stained more variably from pinna to pinna. The pattern of epithelial and adnexal staining was similar but not identical to that reported for humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-311
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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