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AchE Inhibition leads to Cardiovascular dysregulation
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
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Life Stage Applicability
Key Event Relationship Description
Inhibition of AChE can lead to cardiovascular dysregulation when elevated acetylcholine levels overstimulate cholinergic receptors that regulate heart rate and vascular tone. In fish, acute mortality due to AChE inhibition is mediated by cardiovascular manifestations and the relationship between blood flow, gills, and respiratory physiology (Duangsawasdi and Klaverkamp 1979; Duangsawasdi 1978; McKim, Schmieder, Carlson, et al. 1987; McKim, Schmieder, Niemi, et al. 1987). In humans, cardiac effects are rarely the predominant factors leading to acute mortality caused by AChE inhibition because acute mortality is nearly always caused by respiratory failure in those cases. Nonetheless, it is still worth noting that cohort studies of patients exposed to organophosphate poisonings have documented a range of cardiovascular manifestations, including: abnormal electrocardiogram patterns, abnormal heart rate and blood pressure, and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema (Marrs 1993; Peter, Sudarsan, and Moran 2014).
Evidence Supporting this KER
The cardiovascular system is sensitive to AChE inhibition due to vagal innervation of heart tissue and due to the presence of non-neuronal acetylcholine released by cardiomyocytes in the heart. Acetylcholine acts on muscarinic receptors in the heart and overstimulation of the main muscarinic receptor (M2) leads to bradycardia in humans and in fish (Costa, Duagsawasdi 1978, Hsieh, 2002).
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
While cardiovascular complications leading to death have been reported in cases of intermediate syndrome following OP poisoning in humans, the timeframe for these cases fall outside of the scope of AChE inhibition leading to acute mortality.
Known modulating factors
In fish, OP insecticide toxicity at cardiovascular sites of action is dependent on physicochemical properties such as lipid solubility, degree of ionization, and environmental factors such as temperature (Duagsawasdi 1978, 1979).
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
Domain of Applicability
In fish, cardiovascular impairments are tightly connected to respiratory physiology, such that the cardio-respiratory manifestations of AChE inhibition lead to to acute mortality (McKim, 1987).
While impaired cardiovascular function is seen in humans and other mammals in cases of AChE inhibition, the subsequent contribution of cardiovascular impairment leading to death from cholinergic toxicity is minimal in humans. Even though cardiovascular effects have been observed in cases of organophosphate poisoning in humans, acute death from poisoning is usually caused by respiratory arrest mediated by the nervous system, independent of cardiovascular factors (Costa).
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McKim, James M., Patricia K. Schmieder, Richard W. Carlson, Evelyn P. Hunt, and Gerald J. Niemi. 1987. “Use of Respiratory-Cardiovascular Responses of Rainbow Trout (Salmo Gairdneri) in Identifying Acute Toxicity Syndromes in Fish: Part 1. Pentachlorophenol, 2,4-Dinitrophenol, Tricaine Methanesulfonate and 1-Octanol.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 6 (4): 295–312. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.5620060407.
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Watson, Fiona L., Hayden Schmidt, Zackery K. Turman, Natalie Hole, Hena Garcia, Jonathan Gregg, Joseph Tilghman, and Erica A. Fradinger. 2014. “Organophosphate Pesticides Induce Morphological Abnormalities and Decrease Locomotor Activity and Heart Rate in Danio Rerio and Xenopus Laevis.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33 (6): 1337–45. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.2559.