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Covalent Binding, Protein leads to Activation, Keratinocytes
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
|AOP Name||Adjacency||Weight of Evidence||Quantitative Understanding||Point of Contact||Author Status||OECD Status|
|Covalent Protein binding leading to Skin Sensitisation||adjacent||High||Sharon Munn (send email)||Open for citation & comment||WPHA/WNT Endorsed|
Life Stage Applicability
Key Event Relationship Description
Uptake of the hapten-protein complex by keratinocytes activates multiple events, including the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and the induction of cyto-protective cellular pathways. Activation of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-18 results from cleavage of inactive IL-18 precursor protein by inflammasome-associated caspase-1. Hapten-protein complexes can activate the inflammasome (;) and in so doing induce IL-18 production. Intracellular Nod-like receptors (NLR) contain sensors for a number of cellular insults. Upon activation (by a currently unknown mechanism), NLRs oligomerise form molecular complexes (i.e. inflammasomes) that are involved in the activation of inflammatory-associated caspases, including caspase-1. Keratinocyte exposure to hapten-protein complex also results in induction of antioxidant/electrophile response element ARE/EpRE-dependent pathways. Briefly, reactive chemicals bind to Keap1 (Kelch-like ECH-associates protein 1) that normally inhibits the nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). Released Nrf2 interacts with other nuclear proteins and binds to and activates ARE/EpREdependent pathways, including the cytoprotective genes NADPH-quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) and glutathione S-transferase (GSHST), among others (;).
This KER description is based only on the OECD document 2012 and needs updating.
Evidence Collection Strategy
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Domain of Applicability
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