Experimental study of verapamil on the relaxation of isolated human corpus cavernosum tissues

Lu-Lin Ma, Yu-Qing Liu, Wen-Hao Tang, Lian-Ming Zhao, Hui Jiang
2006 Asian Journal of Andrology  
Aim: To evaluate the relaxant effect of verapamil on human corpus cavernosum in vitro and to assess the drug's potential as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). Methods: Preparations of the human corpus cavernosum were obtained from recently deceased young men who had had normal erectile function. The isometric tension and detailed curves were recorded when contractions induced by 10 mmol/L phenylephrine were reduced by different doses of verapamil or the vehicle control (sterile water).
more » ... he tension of human corpus cavernosum preparations are described as a percentage of their top tension before adding verapamil or the vehicle. ANOVA and least significant difference tests were used for statistical analysis. Results: Doses of 1 μmol/L, 10 μmol/L and 100 μmol/L verapamil resulted in relaxation of (35.28 ± 7.96)%, (55.91 ± 6.41)%, (85.68 ± 4.16)% after 30 min, respectively. The vehicle control at the same time point produced relaxation of (−0.06 ± 10.57)% (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Verapamil is significantly effective in relaxing normal human corpus cavernous smooth muscle induced by phenylephrine in vitro and the relaxant effect depends on the concentration of verapamil. (Asian J Androl 2006 Mar; 8: 195-198)
doi:10.1111/j.1745-7262.2006.00111.x pmid:16491271 fatcat:fdnkgbsypvb33hnotqffhiwffa