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The effect of DA-8159, a novel PDE5 inhibitor, on erectile function in the rat model of hypercholesterolemic erectile dysfunction


This study examined the effects of a new phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, DA-8159, on erectile function associated with hypercholesterolemia. First of all, in order to investigate whether chronic administration of DA-8159 prevents the development of erectile dysfunction associated with hypercholesterolemia, male SD rats were divided into four groups (normal control, hypercholesterolemic control, DA-8159 5 or 20 mg/kg/day). Over a 5-month period, the animals were fed a 2% cholesterol diet and administered DA-8159 orally once a day. After 5 months, the electrostimulation-induced penile erection and the vascular function using acetylcholine-induced vasodilation with endothelium-intact aortic rings were examined. Furthermore, the plasma lipid profiles, endothelin and NG,NG-dimethylarginine (asymmetrical dimethylarginine, ADMA) concentrations were measured. In order to investigate the acute treatment effect of DA-8159 on the erectile function in an established hypercholesterolemic model, additional animals were given a 2% cholesterol diet for 5 months without DA-8159. At the end of 5 months, the rats were divided into three groups (hypercholesterolemic control, DA-8159 0.3 or 1 mg/kg). DA-8159 was administered intravenously 1 min prior to the intracavernous pressure (ICP) measurement. In a chronic treatment study, while the hypercholesterolemic control showed a significantly lower erectile function, vascular reactivity, and increased plasma cholesterol, endothelin and ADMA concentration, the chronic DA-8159 treatment clearly restored the erectile responses by electric stimulation, preserved the potential of thoracic aortic relaxation in a dose-dependent manner, and significantly decreased the plasma endothelin and ADMA concentrations. In an acute treatment study, DA-8159 induced a dose- and frequency-dependent increase in ICP. The ICP/BP ratio and the corresponding AUC values, and the detumescence time were also significantly increased compared to the hypercholesterolemic control. These results suggest that DA-8159 is beneficial for erectile dysfunction in a rat hypercholesterolemic model and provided a rationale for the potential use of DA-8159 for treating erectile dysfunction secondary to hypercholesterolemia.

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This study was supported in part by a grant of the Korea Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (02-PJ2-PG4-PT01-0024).

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Kang, K., Yu, J., Yoo, M. et al. The effect of DA-8159, a novel PDE5 inhibitor, on erectile function in the rat model of hypercholesterolemic erectile dysfunction. Int J Impot Res 17, 409–416 (2005).

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  • phosphodiesterase inhibitor
  • erectile function
  • thoracic aorta relaxation
  • hypercholesterolemia
  • animal model

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