We aimed to elucidate the changes in the relaxation function of corpus cavernosal smooth muscle (CCSM) and erectile function using acute penile ischemic rabbits. Relaxation response to acetylcholine (Ach) was unchanged at 3 days after ischemia. The response to ACh had significantly decreased at 1 week, but had recovered completely at 4 weeks. The reaction to sodium nitroprusside and electrical field stimulation was unchanged by ischemia at all time points. Erectile function was changed in the same manner as the response of ACh. The endothelium-dependent relaxing responses of CCSM and erectile function were found to be initially decreased, but subsequently improved completely.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine