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CYP7B activity, inhibition leads to Locomotor activity, decreased

Upstream event
The causing Key Event (KE) in a Key Event Relationship (KER). More help
Downstream event
The responding Key Event (KE) in a Key Event Relationship (KER). More help

Key Event Relationship Overview

The utility of AOPs for regulatory application is defined, to a large extent, by the confidence and precision with which they facilitate extrapolation of data measured at low levels of biological organisation to predicted outcomes at higher levels of organisation and the extent to which they can link biological effect measurements to their specific causes.Within the AOP framework, the predictive relationships that facilitate extrapolation are represented by the KERs. Consequently, the overall WoE for an AOP is a reflection in part, of the level of confidence in the underlying series of KERs it encompasses. Therefore, describing the KERs in an AOP involves assembling and organising the types of information and evidence that defines the scientific basis for inferring the probable change in, or state of, a downstream KE from the known or measured state of an upstream KE. More help

AOPs Referencing Relationship

AOP Name Adjacency Weight of Evidence Quantitative Understanding Point of Contact Author Status OECD Status
Inhibition of CYP7B activity leads to decreased reproductive success via decreased locomotor activity non-adjacent Low Low Florence Pagé-Larivière (send email) Not under active development

Taxonomic Applicability

Latin or common names of a species or broader taxonomic grouping (e.g., class, order, family) that help to define the biological applicability domain of the KER.In general, this will be dictated by the more restrictive of the two KEs being linked together by the KER.  More help
Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
Japanese quail Coturnix japonica NCBI
Cynops pyrrhogaster Cynops pyrrhogaster NCBI

Sex Applicability

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Sex Evidence

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
Adult, reproductively mature

Key Event Relationship Description

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CYP7B is expressed in the mammalian brain where it catalyzes synthesis of 7α-hydroxypregnenolone, among other neurosteroids. However, it governs spatial memory and learning rather than locomotor activity. Thus, although CYP7B and 7α-hydroxypregnenolone are present in the brain of vertebrates, there functions are different in mammals and non-mammals.

The importance of CYP7B neurosteroid synthesis is sex dependent in bird and newt. In these species, only male locomotor activity is influenced by CYP7B expression. However, both male and female are affected by CYP7B activity in salmon.

Evidence Collection Strategy

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Evidence Supporting this KER

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Biological Plausibility
Addresses the biological rationale for a connection between KEupstream and KEdownstream.  This field can also incorporate additional mechanistic details that help inform the relationship between KEs, this is useful when it is not practical/pragmatic to represent these details as separate KEs due to the difficulty or relative infrequency with which it is likely to be measured.   More help

The relationship between CYP7B and locomotor activity is clearly established is quail, newt and salmon. However, the regulation of CYP7B differs in these species.

In diurnal bird such as quail, melatonin secretion during nighttime inhibits CYP7B activity which is reflected by the decreased locomotor activity. Under daylight condition, melatonin secretion is abolished which induces an upregulation of CYP7B and an increase in locomotor activity (Tsutsui et al., 2008).  

Oppositely, newt is a nocturnal animal and melatonin secretion acts as an inducer of CYP7B activity. Consequently, CYP7B activity is elevated at night and drives locomotor activity (Koyama et al., 2009). 

CYP7B activity is also dependent on the peptide hormone prolactin secreted by the adenohypophysis, at least in male newt. Prolactin is a neuropeptide which secretion varies according to season. In newt, breeding season is characterized by an elevation of locomotor activity which correlates with a peak in brain prolactin concentration.

It is plausible that prolactin induces the same increase in locomotor activity in salmon during homing migration. During this period, both prolactin and CYP7B (7α-hydroxypregnenolone) are known to peak (Haraguchi et al., 2015; Onuma et al., 2010). 

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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Conazoles are known to inhibit a variety of CYPs. Thus, when an animal is exposed to a chemical of this family, multiple enzymatic targets are likely to be affected. It is plausible that the impacts of the exposure are the result of multiple CYPs inhibition that all converge toward the same phenotype.

Known modulating factors

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Response-response Relationship
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Information regarding the approximate time-scale of the changes in KEdownstream relative to changes in KEupstream (i.e., do effects on KEdownstream lag those on KEupstream by seconds, minutes, hours, or days?). More help
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
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Domain of Applicability

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CYP7B is expressed in the mammalian brain where it synthesizes, among others, 7α-hydroxypregnenolone. However, it governs spatial memory and learning rather than locomotor activity. Thus, although CYP7B and 7α-hydroxypregnenolone are present in the brain of vertebrates, there functions are different in mammals and non-mammals. 


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Haraguchi, S., Yamamoto, Y., Suzuki, Y., Hyung Chang, J., Koyama, T., Sato, M., Mita, M., Ueda, H., and Tsutsui, K. (2015). 7alpha-Hydroxypregnenolone, a key neuronal modulator of locomotion, stimulates upstream migration by means of the dopaminergic system in salmon. Sci Rep 5, 12546.

Hyatt, M.W., Georoff, T.A., Nollens, H.H., Wells, R.L., Clauss, T.M., Ialeggio, D.M., Harms, C.A., and Wack, A.N. (2015). Voriconazole Toxicity in Multiple Penguin Species. J Zoo Wildl Med 46, 880-888.

Koyama, T., Haraguchi, S., Vaudry, H., and Tsutsui, K. (2009). Diurnal changes in the synthesis of the neurosteroid 7alpha-hydroxypregnenolone stimulating locomotor activity in newts. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1163, 444-447.

Matsunaga, M., Ukena, K., Baulieu, E.E., and Tsutsui, K. (2004). 7alpha-Hydroxypregnenolone acts as a neuronal activator to stimulate locomotor activity of breeding newts by means of the dopaminergic system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101, 17282-17287.

Onuma, T.A., Ban, M., Makino, K., Katsumata, H., Hu, W., Ando, H., Fukuwaka, M.A., Azumaya, T., and Urano, A. (2010). Changes in gene expression for GH/PRL/SL family hormones in the pituitaries of homing chum salmon during ocean migration through upstream migration. Gen Comp Endocrinol 166, 537-548.

Tsutsui, K., Inoue, K., Miyabara, H., Suzuki, S., Ogura, Y., and Haraguchi, S. (2008). 7Alpha-hydroxypregnenolone mediates melatonin action underlying diurnal locomotor rhythms. J Neurosci 28, 2158-2167.