1. The blood-bathed organ technique was employed to study the effects of angiotensin II and catecholamines on an isolated everted rat aorta bathed in the extracorporeal circulating blood of adult dogs and cats.
2. When the injections were made into the bathing blood close to the everted rat aorta, angiotensin II was half as potent as adrenaline or noradrenaline on a molar basis.
3. After intravenous injections, the vasoconstrictor potency of angiotensin was twenty times that of adrenaline or noradrenaline on the everted rat aorta. The increase in potency was due to the interaction of angiotensin II with catecholamines on the preparation.
4. Intravenous phenoxybenzamine abolished the potentiated vasoconstrictor effect of angiotensin II on the blood-bathed everted rat aorta, but it did not abolish the pressor effect of angiotensin II on the cardiovascular system of the animals. The results suggest that catecholamines released into the circulating blood by intravenous angiotensin II do not play an important role in the pressor effect of angiotensin II.