ANG II plays a major role in renal water and sodium regulation. In the immortalized mouse renal collecting duct principal cells (mpkCCD(cl4)) cell line, we treated cells with ANG II and examined aquaporin-2 (AQP2) protein expression, trafficking, and mRNA levels, by immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, and RT-PCR. After 24-h incubation, ANG II-induced AQP2 protein expression was observed at the concentration of 10(-10) M and increased in a dose-dependent manner. ANG II (10(-7) M) increased AQP2 protein expression and mRNA levels at 0.5, 1, 2, 6, and 24 h. Immunofluorescence studies showed that ANG II increased the apical membrane targeting of AQP2 from 30 min to 6 h. Next, the signaling pathways underlying the ANG II-induced AQP2 expression were investigated. The PKC inhibitor Ro 31-8220 (5 × 10(-6) M) and the PKA inhibitor H89 (10(-5) M) blocked ANG II-induced AQP2 expression, respectively. Calmodulin inhibitor W-7 markedly reduced ANG II- and/or dDAVP-stimulated AQP2 expression. ANG II (10(-9) M) and/or dDAVP (10(-10) M) stimulated AQP2 protein levels and cAMP accumulation, which was completely blocked by pretreatment with the vasopressin V2 receptor (V2R) antagonist SR121463B (10(-8) M). Pretreatment with the angiotensin AT(1) receptor (AT1R) antagonist losartan (3 × 10(-6) M) blocked ANG II (10(-9) M)-stimulated AQP2 protein expression and cAMP accumulation, and partially blocked dDAVP (10(-10) M)- and dDAVP+ANG II-induced AQP2 protein expression and cAMP accumulation. In conclusion, ANG II regulates AQP2 protein, trafficking, and gene expression in renal collecting duct principal cells. ANG II-induced AQP2 expression involves cAMP, PKC, PKA, and calmodulin signaling pathways via V2 and AT(1) receptors.