Several examples of functional G-protein-coupled receptor heterodimers have been identified. However, it is not known whether receptor heterodimerization is involved in the pathogenesis of human disorders. Here we show that in preeclamptic hypertensive women, a significant increase in heterodimerization occurs between the AT(1)-receptor for the vasopressor angiotensin II and the B(2)-receptor for the vasodepressor bradykinin. AT(1)-B(2)-receptor heterodimerization in preeclampsia correlated with a 4-5-fold increase in B(2)-receptor protein levels. Expression of the AT(1)-B(2) heterodimer increased the responsiveness to angiotensin II and conferred resistance in AT(1)-receptors to inactivation by reactive oxygen species raised in normotensive and preeclamptic pregnancies. We suggest that AT(1)-B(2) heterodimers contribute to angiotensin II hypersensitivity in preeclampsia. Moreover, we identify preeclampsia as the first disorder associated with altered G-protein-coupled receptor heterodimerization.