Effect of Angiotensin II (Ang II) on SK-N-SH neuroblasts. (A) Ang II did not affect peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) gene expression, but strongly inhibited the expression of the PPARγ target genes ABCG1 and CD36. The cells were treated with 1 μmol/l Ang II for 24 hours to determine PPARγ, ABCG1 and CD36 mRNA expression. # P < 0.05 vs. Veh. (B) Ang II affected neither interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)-induced cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) mRNA expression nor the inhibitory effects of telmisartan. Cells cultured for 24 hours in the presence of 1 μmol/l Ang II were pretreated for 2 hours with 10 μmol/l telmisartan (Telm) before exposure for 3 hours to 10 ng/ml IL-1β to determine COX-2 mRNA expression. Results are presented as a percentage of the IL-1β-treated group. (C) Ang II augmented IL-1β-induced PGE2 release but did not modify the inhibitory effect of telmisartan. The cells, cultured for 24 hours in the presence of 1 μmol/l Ang II, were pretreated for 2 hours with 10 μmol/l Telm before exposure for 24 hours to 10 ng/ml IL-1β to determine cumulative PGE2 release. Results are presented as a percentage of IL-1β. All results are means ± SEM from at least three independent experiments. *** P < 0.001.