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J Korean Androl Soc. 1990 Jun;8(1):1-5. Korean. Original Article.
Park YK , Chung SK , Park IS , Cho HJ , Joo K .
Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University Taegu, Korea.
Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University Taegu, Korea.

The distributions of the VIPergic and catecholaminergic nerves as a part of autonomic nerve system in the human male reproductive organs were studied with immunohistochemical technique. In the corpus cavernosum and corpus spongiosum, a large number of VIPergic and catecholaminergic nerve fibers were observed especially along the blood vessels. In the seminal vesicle and prostate, the VIPergic nerve fibers were equally distributed in both mucosal and muscular layers, while the catecholaminergic nerve fibers were mainly distributed in the smooth muscle layer. In the vas deferens, the VIPergic verve fivers were closely related to the basement membrane of epithelium. These results suggest that the VIPergic nerves play important roles in vascular reaction and epithelial activities, while the catecholaminergic nerves were involved in smooth muscle actions.

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