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A descriptive phrase which clearly defines the two KEs being considered and the sequential relationship between them (i.e., which is upstream, and which is downstream). More help

Locomotor activity, decreased leads to Decreased, Reproductive Success

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 adjacent 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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A decrease in locomotor activity can be detrimental for the animal since it can limit exploration of territory, search for mating partner, and food consumption. It can also increase vulnerability to predation. Thus, a decrease in locomotor activity can have multiple effects that synergetically contribute to decreasing reproductive success. 

Evidence Collection Strategy

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Evidence Supporting this KER

Addresses the scientific evidence supporting KERs in an AOP setting the stage for overall assessment of the AOP. More help
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

Locomotor performance measured in the laboratory has frequently been used as a surrogate for fitness in animals (Bennett and Huey, 1990). In an environment with easily accessible food, the impact of a decreased locomotor activity are minimal. However, in a hostile environment that requires extensive foraging, insufficient locomotor activity can limit food intake and induce energetic deficit which, in turn, affects the energy available for reproduction. Similarly, a decreased locomotor activity is likely to limit the ability to escape predation and, consequently, to impair reproduction. 

In a context of high competition between males for sexually-matured females, a decreased locomotor activity can limit the reproductive success. 

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
Addresses inconsistencies or uncertainties in the relationship including the identification of experimental details that may explain apparent deviations from the expected patterns of concordance. More help

Known modulating factors

This table captures specific information on the MF, its properties, how it affects the KER and respective references.1.) What is the modulating factor? Name the factor for which solid evidence exists that it influences this KER. Examples: age, sex, genotype, diet 2.) Details of this modulating factor. Specify which features of this MF are relevant for this KER. Examples: a specific age range or a specific biological age (defined by...); a specific gene mutation or variant, a specific nutrient (deficit or surplus); a sex-specific homone; a certain threshold value (e.g. serum levels of a chemical above...) 3.) Description of how this modulating factor affects this KER. Describe the provable modification of the KER (also quantitatively, if known). Examples: increase or decrease of the magnitude of effect (by a factor of...); change of the time-course of the effect (onset delay by...); alteration of the probability of the effect; increase or decrease of the sensitivity of the downstream effect (by a factor of...) 4.) Provision of supporting scientific evidence for an effect of this MF on this KER. Give a list of references.  More help
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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Bennett A.F., Huey R.B., Studying the evolution of physiological performance, Oxford Surv. Evol. Biol., 7 (1990), pp. 251-284

DuRant S.E., Hopkins W.A., Talent L.G., Impaired terrestrial and arboreal locomotor performance in the western fence lizard after exposure to an AChE-inhibiting pesticide, Environmental Pollution, Volume 149, Issue 1, 2007, Pages 18-24,

E.K.M. Jones , N.B. Prescott , P. Cook , R.P. White & C.M. Wathes (2001) Ultraviolet light and mating behaviour in domestic broiler breeders, British Poultry Science, 42:1, 23-32

Gavrilov V.V., Veselovskaya E.O., Gavrilov V.M., Goretskaya M.Y, and Morgunova G.V. (2013). Diurnal Rhythms of Locomotor Activity, Changes in Body Mass and Fat Reserves, Standard Metabolic Rate, and Respiratory Quotient in the FreeLiving Coal Tit (Parus ater) in the Autumn–Winter Period. Biology Bulletin, Vol. 40-8, pp. 678–683.

 Keogh JS, Noble DWA, Wilson EE, Whiting MJ (2012) Activity Predicts Male Reproductive Success in a Polygynous Lizard. PLoS ONE 7(7): e38856

Ricciardella L.F., Bliley J.M., Feth C.C., Woodley S.K. (2010). Acute stressors increase plasma corticosterone and decrease locomotor activity in a terrestrial salamander (Desmognathus ochrophaeus), Physiology & Behavior, Vol.101-1, pp. 81-86

Schubert S.N., Houck L.D., Feldhoff P.W., Feldhoff R.C., Woodley S.K. (2006). Effects of androgens on behavioral and vomeronasal responses to chemosensory cues in male terrestrial salamanders (Plethodon shermani). Horm Behav, 50, pp. 469–476

Tsutsui, Kazuyoshi et al. “New Biosynthesis and Biological Actions of Avian Neurosteroids.” Journal of Experimental Neuroscience 7 (2013): 15–29. PMC. Web. 26 June 2017.