Neurofibromatosis of von Recklinghausen: a quantitative study of the epidermal keratinocyte and melanocyte populations

J Invest Dermatol. 1984 Jul;83(1):23-5. doi: 10.1111/1523-1747.ep12261648.


The numerical keratinocyte to melanocyte relation was studied in café au lait spots and adjacent normally pigmented skin of 9 patients with classical neurofibromatosis. Compared to normal skin of healthy individuals, the keratinocyte:melanocyte ratio distributions obtained in neurofibromatosis indicated a shift to lower values in the biopsies of café au lait spots and normally pigmented skin. These results are evidence in favor of an impaired tissue organization of the epidermis in neurofibromatosis with regard to the keratinocyte-melanocyte interrelation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Cell Count
  • Epidermis / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Keratins / biosynthesis*
  • Melanocytes / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurofibromatosis 1 / pathology*


  • Keratins