[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Intracavernous injection of cultured adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) effectively restores erectile function in cavernous nerve (CN)-injured rats when administered at the time of injury. However, culturing exposes ADSCs to the risk of contamination and dedifferentiation.
Explore the effect of uncultured autologous adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) on improving erectile function in a rat model of CN injury when administered at the time of injury or 4 wk after injury.
Eighty-nine male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups. CN injury or sham surgery was performed at the start of the study, and rats were treated with either SVF or vehicle. Functional testing and histologic analysis were performed 12 wk after CN crush or sham surgery.
We used intracavernous injection of saline immediately after CN crush (n=23), intracavernous injection of SVF immediately after CN crush (n=17), intracavernous injection of SVF 4 wk after CN crush (n=23), or sham surgery (n=26). OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: We studied intracavernous pressure (ICP) response to CN electrostimulation and performed histologic examination of midpenile cross-sections. Data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance followed by the Tukey-Kramer test.
Both immediate and delayed treatment with SVF resulted in a significantly increased ICP-to-mean arterial pressure ratio compared with the vehicle-treated group. Both immediate and delayed treatment with SVF significantly increased expression of neuronal nitric oxide synthase and neurofilament in dorsal penile nerves compared to the vehicle group. Furthermore, the smooth muscle-to-collagen ratio within the corpus cavernosum was significantly improved in both of the SVF groups compared to vehicle-treated rats. The main limitation of the study is the lack of determination of the SVF components.
Uncultured autologous SVF injected immediately or 4 wk after CN crush improved erectile function, promoted nerve regeneration, and prevented fibrosis of the corpus cavernosum following CN injury.