Acquired Equine Polyneuropathy (AEP) is a serious herd-related disease of the peripheral nervous system in horses. The aetiology is unclear, but an environmental, probably forage-related factor has been suggested. Unique accumulations in the perikaryon of the myelin-producing Schwann cells are characteristic for AEP, as well as a demyelinating polyneuropathy with inflammatory infiltrates in myelinated nerve fibres. Whether the intracellular alterations appear first, or the endoneural inflammation, has not been possible to determine from routine histopathology. We therefore intend to investigate the pathobiology and immune cascade in different stages of AEP at tissue, cell, organelle and molecular level. The aim is to elucidate important steps of the pathogenesis of AEP, in order to approach the aetiology and identify targets for prophylactic and specific therapies.