Pharmacology of the erectile tissue of the canine penis

C. J. Carati, R. G. Goldie, Andrzej Wartoń, P. J. Henry, E. J. Keogh

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To assess the role of different neuroeffector systems in penile erection, pharmacological agents were tested in vitro using strips of corpus cavernosum tissue from the dog. Alpha-adrenoceptor agonists, K+ or histamine caused concentration-dependent contraction. Tyramine caused a poorly sustained contraction, as did nicotine in some cases. In precontracted preparations, relaxation was caused by beta2-adrenoceptor or muscarinic cholinoceptor agonists, or by vasoactive intestinal peptide. The results suggest that a noradrenergic alpha-adrenoceptor system maintains penile flaccidity in the dog. Penile erection may result from the activation of inhibitory beta2-adrenergic, muscarinic and/or peptidergic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-966
Number of pages16
JournalPharmacological Research Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1985
Externally publishedYes


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