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Testostérone et contrôle central de l’érection

Testosterone in the central control of penile erection

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La testostérone orchestre l’organisation périnatale et l’activation adulte des structures nerveuses cérébrales et spinales impliquées dans l’expression du comportement sexuel mâle. Cette revue décrit brièvement les différents effets de la testostérone dans la régulation de la motivation sexuelle et de l’érection, et les modèles génétiques générés, jusqu’à présent, dans le but d’élucider ses mécanismes d’action centraux.


Testosterone orchestrates the perinatal organization and activation of cerebral and spinal neuronal structures involved in the expression of male sexual behaviour in adults. The present review briefly describes testosterone effects in the regulation of sexual motivation and erection, as well as the genetic models developed to date in order to unravel its central mechanisms of action.


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Raskin, K., Mhaouty-Kodja, S. Testostérone et contrôle central de l’érection. Basic Clin. Androl. 21, 175–185 (2011) doi:10.1007/s12610-011-0135-2

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Mots clés

  • Testostérone
  • Récepteur des androgènes
  • Système nerveux
  • Comportement sexuel
  • Érection


  • Testosterone
  • Androgen receptor
  • Nervous system
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Erection