Chronically elevated angiotensin II (Ang-II)-induced hypertension is partly mediated by superoxide production. In this study, we have investigated whether the leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions elicited by Ang-II involve reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Intravital microscopy within the rat mesenteric microvessels was used. Superfusion (60 min) with Ang-II (1 nM) induced significant increases in leukocyte rolling flux, adhesion, and emigration, which were inhibited by pretreatment with superoxide dismutase or catalase. Dihydrorhodamine-123 oxidation indicated that ROS are primarily produced by the vessel wall. Administration of dimethylthiourea, desferrioxamine, or N-acetylcysteine provoked significant reductions in Ang-II-induced leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions. In addition, a blockade of platelet-activating factor or leukotrienes also attenuated such responses significantly. The results presented indicate that in vivo Ang-II-induced leukocyte recruitment is dependent on the generation of intra- and extracellular ROS. Therefore, the use of anti-oxidants might constitute an alternative therapy for the control of the subendothelial leukocyte infiltration associated with hypertension and atherosclerosis.