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Title: AVE 0991, a non-peptide Mas-receptor agonist, facilitates penile erection.
Authors: Gonçalves, Andrey Christian da Costa
Silva, Rodrigo Araújo Fraga da
Leite, Romulo
Santos, Robson Augusto Souza dos
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: GONÇALVES, A. C. da. S. et al. AVE 0991, a non-peptide Mas-receptor agonist, facilitates penile erection. Experimental Physiology, v. 98.3, p. 850-855, 2012. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 10 jan. 2017.
Abstract: The renin–angiotensin system plays a crucial role in erectile function. It has been shown that elevated levels of angiotensin II contribute to the development of erectile dysfunction both in humans and in aminals. On the contrary, the heptapeptide angiotensin-(1–7) appears to mediate penile erection by activation of the Mas receptor. Recently, we have shown that the erectile function of Mas gene-deleted mice was substantially reduced, which was associated with a marked increase in fibrous tissue in the corpus cavernosum. We have hypothesized that the synthetic non-peptide Mas agonist, AVE 0991, would potentiate penile erectile function. We showed that intracavernosal injection of AVE 0991 potentiated the erectile response of anaesthetizedWistar rats, measured as the ratio between corpus cavernosum pressure andmean arterial pressure, upon electrical stimulation of themajor pelvic ganglion. The facilitatory effect of AVE 0991 on erectile function was dose dependent and completely blunted by the nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor, l-NAME. Importantly, concomitant intracavernosal infusion of the specific Mas receptor blocker, A-779, abolished the effect of AVE 0991.We demonstrated that AVE 0991 potentiates the penile erectile response throughMas in an NO-dependent manner. Importantly, these results suggest that Mas agonists, such as AVE 0991, might have significant therapeutic benefits for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
ISSN: 1469445X
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