F1 animals were tolerized to 1-fluoro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (DNFB) contact sensitivity with parentally derived, in vitro hapten-modified spleen cells. This tolerant state was found, upon adoptive transfer to naive parental strain recipients, to affect only that T cell subpopulation that recognized the parental haplotype of the cell used as the tolerogen, and did not inhibit the ability of the remaining T cell subset to confer immunity. This demonstrates that this tolerant state involves the inactivation of a cell required for the expression of contact sensitivity by recognizing DNFB in association with self major histocompatibility complex gene products.

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