Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Veterinary Medical Science
Master of Science
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
The biomechanical and molecular characteristics of equine hyperelastosis cutis (HC) are not fully known. This study sought to better characterize HC by analysis of ultimate tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, toughness, and thickness of skin from 23 affected and unaffected horses. In addition total soluble collagen and glycosaminoglycan concentrations of skin were analyzed from 26 affected and unaffected horses. Affected horses' skin proved to be significantly weaker at five of seven sample locations (p<=0.05). The modulus of elasticity proved to be significantly different at three of seven sample locations and toughness at two of seven locations (p<=0.05). No significant difference was proven to exist between HC affected and unaffected horses for skin thickness or total soluble collagen and GAG concentrations. Collectively this data demonstrates that HC animals' reduced skin tensile strength is not due to a deficit of either collagen or GAG, but likely a result of altered collagen micro-architecture.
Grady, Jesse Glennan, "Biomechanical And Molecular Characteristics Of 'Hyperelastosis Cutis' In Quarter Horses" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 892.