COX-2 mediates angiotensin II-induced (pro)renin receptor expression in the rat renal medulla

Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2014 Jul 1;307(1):F25-32. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00548.2013. Epub 2014 Apr 16.


(Pro)renin receptor (PRR) is predominantly expressed in the distal nephron where it is activated by angiotensin II (ANG II), resulting in increased renin activity in the renal medulla thereby amplifying the de novo generation and action of local ANG II. The goal of the present study was to test the role of cycloxygenase-2 (COX-2) in meditating ANG II-induced PRR expression in the renal medulla in vitro and in vivo. Exposure of primary rat inner medullary collecting duct cells to ANG II induced sequential increases in COX-2 and PRR protein expression. When the cells were pretreated with a COX-2 inhibitor NS-398, ANG II-induced upregulation of PRR protein expression was almost completely abolished, in parallel with the changes in medium active renin content. The inhibitory effect of NS-398 on the PRR expression was reversed by adding exogenous PGE2. A 14-day ANG II infusion elevated renal medullary PRR expression and active and total renin content in parallel with increased urinary renin, all of which were remarkably suppressed by the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib. In contrast, plasma and renal cortical active and total renin content were suppressed by ANG II treatment, an effect that was unaffected by COX-2 inhibition. Systolic blood pressure was elevated with ANG II infusion, which was attenuated by the COX-2 inhibition. Overall, the results obtained from in vitro and in vivo studies established a crucial role of COX-2 in mediating upregulation of renal medullary PRR expression and renin content during ANG II hypertension.

Keywords: (pro)renin receptor; cyclooxygenase-2; inner medullary collecting duct; prostaglandin E2; renin activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Angiotensin II / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 / metabolism*
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Kidney / drug effects
  • Kidney / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Renin / drug effects
  • Renin / metabolism*


  • Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors
  • Angiotensin II
  • Cyclooxygenase 2
  • Ptgs2 protein, rat
  • Renin