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The neuropeptide oxytocin (20-100 ng), induces penile erection when injected unilaterally into the caudal but not rostral mesencephalic ventral tegmental area (VTA) of male Sprague-Dawley rats. Such pro-erectile effect started 30 min after treatment and was abolished by the prior injection of d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1 microg), an oxytocin(More)
The assumption of a novel high palatable food (a candied cherry) occurs concomitantly with an increase in the concentration of extra-cellular dopamine and its main metabolite 3,4-dihydroxy-phenylacetic acid (DOPAC) by about 45% in the dialysate obtained by intracerebral microdialysis from the shell of the nucleus accumbens of male rats. Such increase was(More)
Oxytocin (20-100 ng) was found to be able to induce penile erection when injected unilaterally into the ventral subiculum or the posteromedial cortical nucleus of the amygdala of male rats. The pro-erectile effect started mostly 30 min after treatment and was abolished by the prior injection of d(CH(2))(5)Tyr(Me)(2)-Orn(8)-vasotocin (1-2 microg), an(More)
The effect of the opiate morphine, on penile erection induced by the cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonist SR 141716A injected into the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and on the increase in the concentration of glutamic acid and of NO(2)(-) and NO(3)(-), which occurs concomitantly in the paraventricular dialysate obtained by intracerebral(More)
Oxytocin (100 ng) induces penile erection when injected unilaterally into the ventral subiculum of the hippocampus of male rats. The pro-erectile effect started mostly 30 min after treatment and occurred 15 min after an increase in both nitric oxide (NO) production, measured by the concentration of NO(2)(-) and NO(3)(-), the main metabolites of newly formed(More)
The effect of a pro-erectile dose of apomorphine, a mixed dopamine receptor agonist, and of PD-168077 (N-[4-(2-cyanophenyl)piperazin-1-ylmethyl]-3-methylbenzamide maleate), a selective dopamine D4 receptor agonist, injected into the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus on the concentration of extra-cellular dopamine and its main metabolite(More)
Oxytocin (80 ng) injected into the caudal mesencephalic ventral tegmental area (VTA) of male rats induces penile erection. Such an effect occurs together with an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production, as measured by the augmented concentration of NO(2)(-) and NO(3)(-) found in the dialysate obtained from this brain area by means of intracerebral(More)
INTRODUCTION Orally active phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5i), used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, facilitate the relaxation of cavernous smooth muscle tissues by reducing the degradation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate. AIMS The aims of this article were to determine whether PDE5i facilitate penile erection and male sexual behavior(More)
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