Corporal reactivity to adenosine and prostaglandin E1 in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbit corpus cavernosum, and the effect of insulin therapy
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 83, Issue 1, pages 108–112, January 1999
How to Cite
Ayan, S., Yildirim, S., Uçar, C., Sarioglu, Y., Gültekin, Y. and Bütüner, C. (1999), Corporal reactivity to adenosine and prostaglandin E1 in alloxan-induced diabetic rabbit corpus cavernosum, and the effect of insulin therapy. BJU International, 83: 108–112. doi: 10.1046/j.1464-410x.1999.00892.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Corpus cavernosum;
- diabetes mellitus;
- erectile dysfunction;
- prostaglandin E1
To investigate the changes in corporal reactivity to adenosine and prostaglandin E1 (PGE1 ) in corpus cavernosal strips from alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits and to determine the effects of insulin therapy.
Materials and methods
Twenty-four New Zealand white rabbits were studied in three equal groups: group 1, control; group 2, diabetes induced by the administration of alloxan hydrochloride intravenously; group 3, as group 2 but with insulin administered after the induction of diabetes. At the end of 8 weeks, the reactivity of corpus cavernosal strips from the animals was assessed in organ chambers.
The relaxation responses of corpus cavernosal strips to adenosine were similar in all groups, but the response to PGE1 was impaired in groups 2 and 3 compared with that in controls.
If vasoactive drugs are to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of diabetic erectile impotence, direct-acting vasodilators, e.g. adenosine, must be used. In alloxan-induced diabetes, the corporal reactivity to PGE1 was impaired and insulin therapy did not restore the relaxation responses.