Selim Cellek

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Previous studies have demonstrated mixed inhibitory and facilitatory effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine-4 (5-HT(4)) receptor agonists on electrical field stimulation (EFS)-induced responses in human isolated colon. Here we report three types of responses to EFS in human isolated colon circular muscle: monophasic cholinergic contraction during EFS, biphasic(More)
INTRODUCTION The use of unlicensed food and herbal supplements to enhance sexual functions is drastically increasing. This phenomenon, combined with the availability of these products over the Internet, represents a challenge from a clinical and a public health perspective. METHODS A comprehensive multilingual assessment of websites, drug fora, and other(More)
We have visualised nitric oxide (NO) released from the electrically stimulated myenteric plexus and hypogastric nerve. NO was visualised by a reaction with luminol and hydrogen peroxide to generate photons which were counted using a microscope coupled to a photon counting camera. Electrical stimulation of the tissues induced an increase in photon counts(More)
The distinction between metabolic and structural changes occurring in autonomic neurons during diabetes has not been fully clarified. Here we demonstrate that nitric oxide synthase-containing (nitrergic) neurons innervating the penis and gastric pylorus of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats undergo a selective degenerative process in two phases. In the(More)
There is an urgent clinical need for a safe, efficacious stimulant of gastric emptying; current therapies include erythromycin (an antibiotic with additional properties which preclude chronic use) and metoclopramide (a 5-hydroxytryptamine type 4 receptor agonist and an antagonist at brain D2 receptors, associated with movement disorders). To move away from(More)
Penile erection is regulated by two opposing systems: noradrenergic (anti-erectile) and nitrergic (pro-erectile) neurotransmission. Noradrenaline released from sympathetic nerves causes contraction of the blood vessels and smooth muscle of the penile corpus cavernosum, thus leading to detumescence of the penis. Nitric oxide (NO) released from nitrergic(More)
The corpus cavernosum is the erectile tissue in the penis and clitoris. Although nitrergic neurotransmission has been characterized in detail in the penile corpus cavernosum, functional studies on the inhibitory non-adrenergic non-cholinergic (NANC) transmission in the clitoral corpus cavernosum have been lacking. Here we demonstrate that electrical field(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT4) receptor agonists increase gastrointestinal (GI) motility by enhancing enteric acetylcholine release which is then metabolized by acetylcholinesterase (AChE) to inactive metabolites. As both AChE inhibitors and, more usually, 5-HT4 receptor agonists are used to increase GI motility, an understanding of how these two different(More)
Peyronie's disease (PD) is characterized with formation of fibrous plaques which result in penile deformity, pain, and erectile dysfunction. The aim of this study was to investigate the activation of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway in plaques from PD patients. Tunica albuginea from either PD or control patients was assessed for the expression of bax, bcl-2(More)
Introduction. The use of unlicensed food and herbal supplements to enhance sexual functions is drastically increasing. This phenomenon, combined with the availability of these products over the Internet, represents a challenge from a clinical and a public health perspective. Methods. A comprehensive multilingual assessment of websites, drug fora, and other(More)