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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

Inhibition, Activin signaling leads to Inhibition, Fin regeneration

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
Glucocorticoid Receptor Agonism Leading to Impaired Fin Regeneration adjacent High Alexander Cole (send email) Open for citation & comment

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
teleost fish teleost fish NCBI

Sex Applicability

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Sex Evidence

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
All life stages

Key Event Relationship Description

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Activin is a dimeric protein composed of two β subunits. These subunits – either βA or βB – dictate the specific type of activin depending on their pairing. Activins have different function depending on the tissue in which they are acting (Kaneko, 2016)  Activin plays a large role in cancer metastasis, immune response, inflammation and cell migration (Kang & Shyr, 2011). Fin regeneration is a naturally occurring process in fish (Fu et al., 2013). Fin regeneration is a complex process involving coordinated cellular processes such as cellular signaling, differentiation, and migration .Activin is known to play a large role in the promotion of blastemal cell proliferation during the fin regeneration process (Wehner & Weidinger, 2015).

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
  • Activin plays a large role in cancer metastasis, immune response, inflammation and cell migration (Kang & Shyr, 2011).
  • The activin signaling pathway is involved with the promotion of blastemal cell proliferation and the cell migration during the formation of the wound epidermis, a crucial point the fin regeneration process  (Wehner & Weidinger, 2015).
  • With Activin signaling inhibited, the lack of cell migration would lead to a failure or delay in the formation the wound epidermis. This may impair the downstream processes and result in impaired fin regeneration.
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

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Response-response Relationship
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Not yet evaluated.

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

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Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
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Not yet evaluated.

Domain of Applicability

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The function of activin is well conserved across species (Hinck, 2012). In ray-finned fish (teleost), the regeneration of fins is naturally occuring (Fu et al., 2013). Activin plays a large role in the migration of cells during this process (Wehner & Weidinger, 2015). Therefore, it can be assumed that the inhibition of activin leading to an inhibition of fin regeneration is consistent across teleost.


List of the literature that was cited for this KER description. More help

Fu C, Cao ZD, Fu SJ. 2013. The effects of caudal fin loss and regeneration on the swimming performance of three cyprinid fish species with different swimming capacities. The Journal of Experimental Biology 216:3164-3174. doi:10.1242/jeb.084244

Garland MA, Sengupta S, Mathew LK, Truong L, Jong ED, Piersma AH, Du JL, Tanguay RL. 2019. Glucocorticoid receptor-dependent induction of cripto-1 (one-eyed pinhead) inhibits zebrafish caudal fin regeneration. Toxicology Reports 6:529-537.

Jaźwińska A, Badakov R, Keating MT. 2007. Activin-βA Signaling is Required for Zebrafish Fin Regeneration. Current Biology 17:1390-1395. DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2007.07.019

Kaneko H, 2016. Handbook of Hormones: Pages 295-297, e33B-2.

Kang HY, Shyr CR. 2011. Activins and Cell Migration. Vitamins and Hormons 85: 129-48. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385961-7.00007-X.

Wehner D, Weidinger G. 2015. Signaling networks organizing regenerative growth of the zebrafish fin. Trends in Genetics 31 (6):336-343.