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Relationship: 976

Title

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Impairment, Endothelial network leads to Altered, Cardiovascular development/function

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
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation leading to early life stage mortality, via reduced VEGF adjacent Moderate Low Arthur Author (send email) Open for citation & comment WPHA/WNT Endorsed

Taxonomic Applicability

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
chicken Gallus gallus High NCBI
zebrafish Danio rerio High NCBI
mammals mammals High NCBI

Sex Applicability

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Sex Evidence
Unspecific High

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
Embryo High
Development High
Adult Moderate

Key Event Relationship Description

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The formation of new blood vessels during development occurs via de novo assembly of blood vessels from angioblast precursors (vasculogenesis) and formation of new capillary sprouts from preexisting vessels (angiogenesis) (Ivnitski-Steele and Walker 2005). The epicardium is a single cell layer that spreads over the surface of the heart during embryo development and is the source of angioblasts, which penetrate into the myocardium, providing the endothelial and mural cell progenitor populations that eventually form the entire coronary vasculature (Ivnitski-Steele and Walker 2005; Viragh et al. 1993; Vrancken Peeters et al. 1999). The development of the vasculature into highly branched conduits needs to occur in numerous sites and in precise patterns to supply oxygen and nutrients to the rapidly expanding tissue of the embryo; aberrant regulation and coordination of angiogenic signals during development result in impaired organ development (Chung and Ferrara 2011).

Evidence Collection Strategy

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Evidence Supporting this KER

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Biological Plausibility
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The importance of endothelial cell migration, proliferation and integrity in neovascularization and organogenesis is well documented (Chung and Ferrara 2011; Ivnitski-Steele and Walker 2005).

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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No uncertainties or inconsistencies to report.

Known modulating factors

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Response-response Relationship
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Time-scale
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Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
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Domain of Applicability

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The importance of endothelial integrity for normal cardiac function has been demonstrated in zebrafish (Plavicki et al. 2013) and chicken (Carro et al. 2013; Ivnitski et al. 2001) embryos as well as mammals (Kopf et al 2008; Paulus 1994).

References

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1. Carro, T., Taneyhill, L. A., and Ottinger, M. A. (2013). The effects of an environmentally relevant 58 congener polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) mixture on cardiac development in the chick embryo. Environ. Toxicol. Chem.

2. Chung, A. S., and Ferrara, N. (2011). Developmental and pathological angiogenesis. Annu. Rev. Cell Dev. Biol. 27, 563-584.

3. Ivnitski, I., Elmaoued, R., and Walker, M. K. (2001). 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) inhibition of coronary development is preceded by a decrease in myocyte proliferation and an increase in cardiac apoptosis. Teratology 64(4), 201-212.

4. Ivnitski-Steele, I., and Walker, M. K. (2005). Inhibition of neovascularization by environmental agents. Cardiovasc. Toxicol. 5(2), 215-226.

5. Plavicki, J., Hofsteen, P., Peterson, R. E., and Heideman, W. (2013). Dioxin inhibits zebrafish epicardium and proepicardium development. Toxicol. Sci. 131(2), 558-567.

6. Viragh, S., Gittenberger-de Groot, A. C., Poelmann, R. E., and Kalman, F. (1993). Early development of quail heart epicardium and associated vascular and glandular structures. Anat. Embryol. (Berl) 188(4), 381-393.

7. Vrancken Peeters, M. P., Gittenberger-de Groot, A. C., Mentink, M. M., and Poelmann, R. E. (1999). Smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts of the coronary arteries derive from epithelial-mesenchymal transformation of the epicardium. Anat. Embryol. (Berl) 199(4), 367-378.

8. Di, M. F., Castaldo, C., Nurzynska, D., Romano, V., Miraglia, R., and Montagnani, S. (2010). Epicardial cells are missing from the surface of hearts with ischemic cardiomyopathy: a useful clue about the self-renewal potential of the adult human heart? Int. J Cardiol. 145(2), e44-e46.

9. Kopf, P. G., Huwe, J. K., and Walker, M. K. (2008). Hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, and impaired vascular relaxation induced by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin are associated with increased superoxide. Cardiovasc. Toxicol. 8(4), 181-193.

10. Paulus, W. J. (1994). Endothelial control of vascular and myocardial function in heart failure. Cardiovasc. Drugs Ther. 8(3), 437-446.