Pathophysiology of diabetic erectile dysfunction: potential contribution of vasa nervorum and advanced glycation endproducts

S Cellek, N E Cameron, M A Cotter, A Muneer

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) due to diabetes mellitus remains difficult to treat medically despite advances in pharmacotherapeutic approaches in the field. This unmet need has resulted in a recent re-focus on the pathophysiology, in order to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to ED in diabetes. Diabetes-induced ED is often resistant to PDE5 inhibitor treatment, thus there is a need to discover targets that may lead to novel approaches for a successful treatment. The aim of this brief review is to update the reader in some of the latest development on that front, with a particular focus on the role of impaired neuronal blood flow and the formation of advanced glycation endproducts.International Journal of Impotence Research adv
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Impotence Research
Issue number1
Early online date23 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013



  • advanced glycation end products
  • diabetes mellitus
  • erectile dysfunction
  • hypoxia
  • microvessel
  • nitric oxide
  • vasa nervorum

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