Rapid metabolism of exogenous angiotensin ii by catecholaminergic neuronal cells in culture media

Urmi Basu, Javier Seravalli, Nandakumar Madayiputhiya, Jiri Adamec, Adam J. Case, Matthew C. Zimmerman

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Angiotensin II (AngII) acts on central neurons to increase neuronal firing and induce sympathoexcitation, which contribute to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases including hypertension and heart failure. Numerous studies have examined the precise AngII-induced intraneuronal signaling mechanism in an attempt to identify new therapeutic targets for these diseases. Considering the technical challenges in studying specific intraneuronal signaling pathways in vivo, especially in the cardiovascular control brain regions, most studies have relied on neuronal cell culture models. However, there are numerous limitations in using cell culture models to study AngII intraneuronal signaling, including the lack of evidence indicating the stability of AngII in culture media. Herein, we tested the hypothesis that exogenous AngII is rapidly metabolized in neuronal cell culture media. Using liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry, we measured levels of AngII and its metabolites, Ang III, Ang IV, and Ang-1-7, in neuronal cell culture media after administration of exogenous AngII (100 nmol/L) to a neuronal cell culture model (CATH.a neurons). AngII levels rapidly declined in the media, returning to near baseline levels within 3 h of administration. Additionally, levels of Ang III and Ang-1-7 acutely increased, while levels of Ang IV remained unchanged. Replenishing the media with exogenous AngII every 3 h for 24 h resulted in a consistent and significant increase in AngII levels for the duration of the treatment period. These data indicate that AngII is rapidly metabolized in neuronal cell culture media, and replenishing the media at least every 3 h is needed to sustain chronically elevated levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12287
JournalPhysiological Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Angiotensin II
  • Angiotensin peptides
  • CATH.a neurons
  • Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry
  • Neuronal cell culture models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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