The RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway mediates vasoconstriction in the cavernosal circulation. Inhibition of this pathway leads to penile erection in the in vivo rat model. These studies examined the hypothesis that nitric oxide (NO) inhibits RhoA/Rho-kinase signaling as part of normal erection. The results show that NO causes increased intracavernosal pressure and that this response is potentiated by prior treatment with a threshold dose of the Rho-kinase inhibitor, (+)-(R)-trans-4-(1-Aminoethyl)-N-(4-pyridyl) cyclohexanecarboxamide dihydrochloride, monohydrate (Y-27632). These results support the hypothesis that NO inhibits Rho-kinase-induced cavernosal vasoconstriction during erection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmacology|
|State||Published - Mar 29 2002|
- Nitric oxide (NO)
- Penile erection
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