Neuropeptide Y in the human male genital tract

TE Adrian, J. Gu, JM Allen, K. Tatemoto, JM Polak, SR Bloom

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Neuropeptide Y (NPY) was found in high concentrations in the male genital tract. NPY levels were highest in the seminal vesicles, prostate, corpus cavernosum and vas deferens, where large numbers of immunoreactive nerve fibres were detected. Considerable quantities were also found in the epididymis and spongiosum. Lower concentrations were found in the glans penis, testis and foreskin. The presence of a large number of nerves containing NPY suggest that this active neuropeptide may play a role in control of genital function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2643-2648
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 24 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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