We have investigated the effect of angiotensin II, bradykinin, insulin and insulin-like growth factor I on phosphoinositide turnover in intact rat glomeruli and tubules. Angiotensin II produced a dose-dependent increase in inositol monophosphate formation with an IC50 of 10-7 M, when added to isolated rat glomeruli. Angiotensin II-stimulated inositol phosphates formation was inhibited by the angiotensin receptor antagonist [Sar-Leu8]angiotensin II, indicating that the above response was mediated through activation of an angiotensin receptor in intact glomeruli. Besides angiotensin, in intact glomeruli, only bradykinin stimulated a phosphoinositide response, while in intact proximal tubules, none of the agonists tested produced an activation of the inositol phosphate formation. Angiotensin II- and bradykinin-stimulated inositol phosphate accumulation in intact glomeruli was inhibited by phorbol myristate acetate, an activator of protein kinase C. © 1990.