Abstract Basal plasma renin activity (PRA) was not modified by pertussis toxin administration. On the contrary, the modulation of PRA by adrenergic amines was markedly affected by the toxin. Administration of epinephrine did not modified PRA in the controls but markedly increased it in toxin-treated rats. This effect of epinephrine was reproduced in control rats when yohimbine was given before the catecholamine. Clonidine decreased PRA to a much more significant extent in control rats than in animals treated with the toxin. Isoproterenol stimulated PRA to a greater level in toxin-treated rats. Our data indicates that pertussis toxin blocks the alpha 2-adrenergic modulation of renin release and magnifies the ability of beta adrenergic activation to stimulate PRA.