Sustained nitric oxide (NO)-releasing compound reverses dysregulated NO signal transduction in priapism

Gwen Lagoda, Sena F. Sezen, K. Joseph Hurt, Marcelo R. Cabrini, Dillip K. Mohanty, Arthur L. Burnett

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We evaluated the therapeutic potential of a sustained nitric oxide (NO)-releasing compound to correct the molecular hallmarks and pathophysiology of priapism, an important but poorly characterized erectile disorder. 1,5-Bis-(dihexyl-N-nitrosoamino)-2,4- dinitrobenzene (C6′) and an inactive form of the compound [1,5-bis-(dihexylamino)-2,4-dinitrobenzene (C6)] were tested in neuronal cell cultures and penile lysates for NO release (Griess assay) and biological activity (cGMP production). The effect of local depot C6′ or C6 was evaluated in mice with a priapic phenotype due to double neuronal and endothelial NO synthase deletion (dNOS-/-) or human sickle hemoglobin transgenic expression (Sickle). Changes in NO signaling molecules and reactive oxygen species (ROS) surrogates were assessed by Western blot. The physiological response after C6′ treatment was assessed using an established model of electrically stimulated penile erection. C6′ generated NO, increased cGMP, and dose dependently increased NO metabolites. C6′ treatment reversed abnormalities in key penile erection signaling molecules, including phosphodiesterase type 5, phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase, and phosphorylated vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein. In Sickle mice, C6′ also attenuated the increased ROS markers gp91 phox, 4-hydroxynonenal, and 3-nitrotyrosine. Finally, C6′ corrected the excessive priapic erection response of dNOS-/- mice. Exogenous sustained NO release from C6′ corrects pathological erectile signaling in mouse models of priapism and suggests novel approaches to human therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • NO bioavailability
  • Oxidative stress
  • Sickle cell


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