Restorative effects of zinc and selenium on nitrergic relaxations impaired by cadmium in the mouse corpus cavernosum

Gocmen C., Kumcu E., Secilmis A., Ucar P., Dikmen A., Baysal F.

TOXICOLOGY LETTERS, vol.111, no.3, pp.229-234, 2000 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 111 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0378-4274(99)00182-4
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.229-234
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


We investigated whether Cd2+ intake (in drinking water, 15 ppm) for 30 days can affect the nitrergic relaxations of the mouse corpus cavernosum (CC) and whether Zn2+ (25 mg kg(-1) via a stomach tube at 48-h intervals) or sodium selenate (8 mu g kg(-1) day(-1) intraperitoneally) has a restorative action on the impairment in the response. Relaxant responses of the CC obtained from Cd2+-treated mice to electrical field stimulation (neurogenic) or acetylcholine (endothelium dependent) were significantly inhibited. A partial restoration was observed in the nitrergic relaxation of the CC obtained from Zn2+- or sodium selenate-co-treated animals. Neither agent exhibited any significant action on the responses of the tissue from control mice. There was no significant difference between Cd2+-treated and control mice in respect of the relaxation amplitude induced by sodium nitroprusside or papaverine. These results suggest that Cd2+ intake may impair the nitrergic relaxation of the mouse CC, and, co-treatment with Zn2+ or sodium selenate may partially improve the nitrergic mechanisms in the tissue. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.