Introduction. We investigated the effect angiotensin II (Ang II), a corpus cavernosal smooth muscle (CCSM) constrictor peptide, has on tissue taken from rabbits following chronic partial bladder outlet obstruction (PBOO), as this model is characterized by an increase in corpus cavernosal collagen deposition and a marked reduction and impaired relaxation of CCSM cells.
Aim. To determine the interaction between Ang II and nitric oxide (NO) and the development of oxidative stress (OS) in a rabbit model of chronic PBOO.
Methods. Corpus cavernosal tissue was obtained from 12 sham-operated and 20 PBOO rabbits. Organ bath studies determined Ang II/NO interaction on CCSM function using losartan (AT1 receptor antagonist), sodium nitroprusside (SNP, NO donor), electrical field stimulation (EFS), and vardenafil (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor). The role of OS in the Ang II response was also determined using diphenylene iodonium chloride (DPI), the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase inhibitor, which inhibits superoxide production and superoxide dismutase (SOD, the enzyme that accelerates the breakdown of superoxide).
Main Outcome Measure. Action of Ang II and AT1 receptor antagonist, as well as SOD and DPI on CCSM function.
Results. Ang II caused a dose-dependent contraction of CCSM strips that was enhanced in PBOO rabbits and inhibited by losartan, DPI, and SOD. CCSM relaxation induced by SNP/EFS was impaired in this model and improved by vardenafil and losartan.
Conclusions. These findings imply that the increased Ang II contractile response is a pathological consequence of PBOO and that AT1 receptor inhibition may be a therapeutic approach to treat ED associated with PBOO.