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Binding, SH/SeH proteins involved in protection against oxidative stress leads to Protection against oxidative stress, decreased

Upstream event
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Downstream event
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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
Binding of electrophilic chemicals to SH(thiol)-group of proteins and /or to seleno-proteins involved in protection against oxidative stress during brain development leads to impairment of learning and memory adjacent Moderate Moderate Marie-Gabrielle Zurich (send email) Open for citation & comment WPHA/WNT Endorsed

Taxonomic Applicability

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
rat Rattus norvegicus NCBI
mouse Mus musculus NCBI
human Homo sapiens NCBI

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Sex Evidence

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
All life stages High

Key Event Relationship Description

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Thiol (SH) and selenol (SeH) compounds exhibit reactivity toward electrophiles and oxidants and have high binding affinities for metals (Higdon, 2012; Nagy, 2013; Winterbourn, 2008; Winther, 2014). Glutathione is a thiol-containing tripeptide acting as a cofactor for the enzyme peroxidase and thus serving as an indirect antioxidant donating the electrons necessary for its decomposition of H2O2, and is also involved in many other cellular functions (Kohen, 2002). Selenoproteins contain selenocysteine amino acid residues. The selenoprotein family is composed of proteins exerting diverse functions, among them several are oxidoreductases classified as antioxidant enzymes (Labunskyy, 2014; Reeves, 2009). Relevant for this KER there are two well-studied selenoprotein families which are described to be expressed in the brain; (i) the Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) family, involved in detoxification of hydroperoxides; (ii) the Thioredoxin Reductase (TrxR) family, involved in the regeneration of reduced thioredoxin (Pillai, 2014), but also the less studied SelH, K, S, R, W, and P selenoproteins (Pisoschi, 2015; Reeves, 2009).

As summarized in the table 1, binding to the thiol/selenol groups of the selenoproteins cited above can result in structural modifications of these proteins, which in turn inhibits their catalytic activity and thereby reduces or blocks their metabolic capacity to neutralize reactive oxygen species (Fernandes, 1996; Rajanna, 1995). Similarly, binding to the thiol group of glutathione will decrease its anti-oxidant capacity.

Figure (Poole, 2015) Structures of cysteinyl and selenocysteinyl residues within proteins. The aminoacyl groups are shown to the left, with dotted lines representing peptide bonds to the next residue on either side. Both protonated (left) and deprotonated (right) forms of these amino acids are depicted with average pKa values.

Evidence Collection Strategy

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Biological Plausibility
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GPx family

GPxs are tetrameric enzymes. Their thiol groups can either act directly as a reductant, or catalyze reduction of hydrogen peroxide and/or phospholipid hydroperoxides through glutathione co-factors (Hanschmann, 2013, Labunskyy, 2014).

TrxR family

TxRs are homodimeric flavoenzymes, which mediate the reduction of oxidized Txn at the expense of NADPH (Birben, 2012). Inhibition of TrxR enzymes has been shown to lead to oxidative stress (Branco, 2017).


Downregulation of intracellular SelP by use of small interfering RNA (siRNA) impaired the viability of human astrocytes and made them more susceptible to hydroperoxide-induced oxidative stress, pointing to a direct contribution of SeP to ROS clearance (Steinbrenner, 2006).

Table 1

Selenoprotein family

Protein name

Normal brain function

Disruption leading to oxidative stress




GSH is a major endogenous antioxidant functioning directly in neutralization of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds. GSH is the reduced form of glutathione and its SH group of cysteine is able to reduce and/or maintain reduced form of other molecules.

Disruptions leads to increased oxidative stress and apoptosis.

Hall, 1999

Dringen, 2000


Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) Family


Peroxide/ROS reduction

(Promotes neuroprotection in response to oxidative challenge).


Brain expression levels are highest in microglia and lower levels detected in neurons.

Brains of GPx1−/− mice are more vulnerable to mitochondrial toxin treatment, ischemia/ reperfusion, and cold-induced brain injury.

Cultured neurons from GPx1−/− mice were reported to be more susceptible to Aβ-induced oxidative stress, and addition of ebselen reversed this.

Lindenau, 1998

Klivenyi, 2000

Flentjar, 2002

Crack, 2001 and 2006



Reduction of phospholipid


Only in neurons during normal conditions.

Brains of GPx4+/− mice were shown to have increased lipid peroxidation (a sign of oxidative stress).

Injury-induced GPx4 expression in astrocytes.

In vivo over expression of GPx4 protects against oxidative stress-induced apoptosis.

Ran, 2004

Borchert, 2006

Savaskan, 2007

Chen, 2008


Thioredoxin Reductase (TrxR) Family



Cytocsolic, mitochondrial, nuclear localization. Contribute to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide and oxidative stress, and regulates redox-sensitive

transcription factors that

control cellular transcription


Regulate the induction of the antioxidant enzyme heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1).

Overexpression of human Trx1 and Trx2 protects retinal ganglion cells against oxidative stress-induced neurodegeneration.

Exogenously administered human rTrx ameliorates neuronal damage after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in mice, reduces oxidative/nitrative stress and neuronal apoptosis after cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury in mice

Gladyshev, 1996

Zhong, 2000

Hattori, 2004

Trigona, 2006

Papp, 2007

Munemasa, 2008

Arbogast, 2010

Ma, 2012

Burk, 2013

Pitts, 2014




Other relevant seleno- proteins


Nuclear localization. Redox sensing.

Hypersensitivity of SelH shRNA HeLa cells to paraquat- and H2O2-induced oxidative stress.


(Panee, 2007)(Novoselov, 2007)

(Wu, 2014)


Transmembrane protein

localized to the ER membrane.

ER homeostasis and oxidative stress response.

Protects HepG2 cells from ER stress agent-induced apoptosis.

Overexpression of SelK attenuated the intracellular reactive oxygen species level and protected cells from oxidative stress-induced toxicity in cardiomyocytes

(Shchedrina, 2011)

(Du, 2010)

(Lu, 2006)


Transmembrane protein

localized to the ER membrane. Catalyze the reduction of disulfide bonds and peroxides.

SelS overexpression increased astrocyte resistance to ER-stress and inflammatory stimuli, and suppression of SelS compromised astrocyte viability.

(Liu, 2013)

(Fradejas, 2011)

(Fradejas, 2008)

 (Gao, 2007)

MSRB1, SelR, SelX

Function in reduction of oxidized methionine residues, and actin polymerization.

Induce expression of MSRB1 protects neurons from amyloid β-protein insults in vitro and in vivo.

(Lee, 2013)

(Moskovitz, 2011)(Pillai, 2014)


Expressed in synapses. Plays an antioxidant role in cells.

Rat in vivo overexpression of SelW was shown to protect glial cells against oxidative stress caused by heavy metals and 2,20-Azobis.

Silencing of SelW made neurons more sensitive to oxidative stress.

(Reeves, 2009)

(Sun, 2001)

(Loflin, 2006)

(Raman, 2013)

(Chung, 2009)


Is important for selenium transport, distribution and retention within the brain.

Acts as a ROS-detoxifying enzyme.

Protects human astrocytes from induced oxidative.

SelP-/- mice show neurological dysfunction and that Se content and GPx activity were reduced within brain, Se supplementation to diet attenuated. neurological dysfunctions.

SelP-/- mice have reported deficits in PV-interneurons due to diminished antioxidant defense capabilities. Decreased neuronal selenoprotein synthesis may be a functional outcome of SelP

Colocalization of Sel P with amyloid plaques


SelP can function as an antioxidant enzyme against reactive lipid intermediates

(Steinbrenner, 2009)(Arbogast, 2010)(Zhang, 2008)

(Hill, 2003;Hill, 2004)

(Cabungcal, 2006)

(Pitts, 2012)

(Byrns, 2014)



(Schomburg, 2003)


(Rock, 2010)

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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Another important group of thiol-containing proteins are the metal-binging detoxifying metallothioneins. This protein family bind mercury and lead, and this binding thus serves as a protective mechanism and also protects against metal toxicity and oxidative stress (Aschner, 2006).

Lactational exposure to methylmercury (10 mg/L in drinking water) significantly increased cerebellar GSH level and GR activity. Possibly a compensatory response to mercury-induced oxidative stress (Franco, 2006).

MeHg was shown to inhibit cerebral thioredoxin reductase activity in vitro but not in brain of mice (Wagner et al., 2010). However, it has to be noted that the exposure of mice to MeHg was only 24h.

Inhibition og GR and GrX by Hg2+ and MeHg was observed on the puried protein, but not in HeLa cells incubated with the same concentrations for 24h (Carvahlo et al., 2008).

Known modulating factors

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Response-response Relationship
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Domain of Applicability

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Experimental evidences has been observed in rat, mice and human cells (Agrawal, 2015; Meinerz, 2011; Branco, 2017)


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Aschner, M. et al. (2006) Metallothioneins: mercury species-specific induction and their potential role in attenuating neurotoxicity. Exp Biol Med (Maywood) 231, 1468-1473.

Birben, E. et al. (2012) Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense. World Allergy Organ J 5, 9-19.

Borchert, A. et al. (2006) The role of phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase isoforms in murine embryogenesis. J Biol Chem 281, 19655-19664.

Branco, V. et al. (2017) Impaired cross-talk between the thioredoxin and glutathione systems is related to ASK-1 mediated apoptosis in neuronal cells exposed to mercury. Redox Biol 13, 278-287.

Burk, R.F. et al. (2013) Maternal-fetal transfer of selenium in the mouse. FASEB J 27, 3249-3256.

Byrns, C.N. et al. (2014) Mice lacking selenoprotein P and selenocysteine lyase exhibit severe neurological dysfunction, neurodegeneration, and audiogenic seizures. J Biol Chem 289, 9662-9674.

Cabungcal, J.H. et al. (2006) Glutathione deficit during development induces anomalies in the rat anterior cingulate GABAergic neurons: Relevance to schizophrenia. Neurobiol Dis 22, 624-637.

Carvalho, C.M. et al. (2008) Inhibition of the human thioredoxin system. A molecular mechanism of mercury toxicity. J Biol Chem 283, 11913-11923.

Carvalho, C.M.L. et al. (2011), Effects of selenite and chelating agents on mammalian thioredoxin reductase inhibited by mercury: Implications for treatment of mercury poisoning(. FASEB Journal, 25 (1), pp. 370-381.

Chen, L. et al. (2008) Lipid peroxidation up-regulates BACE1 expression in vivo: a possible early event of amyloidogenesis in Alzheimer's disease. J Neurochem 107, 197-207.

Chung, Y.W. et al. (2009) Antioxidative role of selenoprotein W in oxidant-induced mouse embryonic neuronal cell death. Mol Cells 27, 609-613.

Crack, P.J. et al. (2006) Lack of glutathione peroxidase-1 exacerbates Abeta-mediated neurotoxicity in cortical neurons. J Neural Transm (Vienna) 113, 645-657.

Crack, P.J. et al. (2001) Increased infarct size and exacerbated apoptosis in the glutathione peroxidase-1 (Gpx-1) knockout mouse brain in response to ischemia/reperfusion injury. J Neurochem 78, 1389-1399.

Dringen, R. (2000) Metabolism and functions of glutathione in brain. Prog Neurobiol 62, 649-671.

Du, S. et al. (2010) SelK is a novel ER stress-regulated protein and protects HepG2 cells from ER stress agent-induced apoptosis. Arch Biochem Biophys 502, 137-143.

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Fernandes, A.C. et al. (1996) Different effects of thiol and nonthiol ace inhibitors on copper-induced lipid and protein oxidative modification. Free Radic Biol Med 20, 507-514.

Flentjar, N.J. et al. (2002) Mice lacking glutathione peroxidase-1 activity show increased TUNEL staining and an accelerated inflammatory response in brain following a cold-induced injury. Exp Neurol 177, 9-20.

Fradejas, N. et al. (2008) SEPS1 gene is activated during astrocyte ischemia and shows prominent antiapoptotic effects. J Mol Neurosci 35, 259-265.

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Hattori, I. et al. (2004) Intravenous administration of thioredoxin decreases brain damage following transient focal cerebral ischemia in mice. Antioxid Redox Signal 6, 81-87.

Higdon, A. et al. (2012) Cell signalling by reactive lipid species: new concepts and molecular mechanisms. Biochem J 442, 453-464.

Hill, K.E. et al. (2003) Deletion of selenoprotein P alters distribution of selenium in the mouse. J Biol Chem 278, 13640-13646.

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Meinerz, D.F. et al. (2011) Protective effects of organoselenium compounds against methylmercury-induced oxidative stress in mouse brain mitochondrial-enriched fractions. Braz J Med Biol Res 44, 1156-1163.

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