Upstream eventAccumulation, Collagen
N/A, Liver fibrosis
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
|AOP Name||Adjacency||Weight of Evidence||Quantitative Understanding|
|Protein Alkylation leading to Liver Fibrosis||adjacent||High|
|Rattus norvegicus||Rattus norvegicus||High||NCBI|
Life Stage Applicability
Key Event Relationship Description
Liver fibrosis is the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins including collagen. Liver fibrosis results from an imbalance between the deposition and degradation of ECM and a change of ECM composition; the latter initiates several positive feedback pathways that further amplify fibrosis. With chronic injury, there is progressive substitution of the liver parenchyma by scar tissue. Deposition of collagen in the liver progressively disrupts the normal hepatic architecture so that the normal relationship between vascular inflow and outflow is destroyed and the normal collagen content around hepatic sinusoids in regenerating nodules becomes modified.Advanced liver fibrosis results in cirrhosis.      
Evidence Supporting this KER
There is a smooth transition from ECM accumulation to liver fibrosis without a definite threshold and plenty in vivo evidence exists that ECM accumulation is a pre-stage of liver fibrosis     
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
Quantitative Understanding of the Linkage
no quantitative data
Known modulating factors
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
Domain of Applicability
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- Poynard, T., P. Bedossa and P. Opolon (1997), Natural history of liver fibrosis progression in patients with chronic hepatitis C. The OBSVIRC, METAVIR, CLINIVIR, and DOSVIRC groups, Lancet, vol. 349, no. 9055, pp. 825-832.
- Liedtke, C. et al. (2013), Experimental liver fibrosis research: update on animal models, legal issues and translational aspects, Fibrogenesis Tissue Repair, vol. 6, no. 1, p. 19.