Mice were rendered specifically tolerant to the fluorescein isothiocyanatedextran (FITC) epitope by injection of FITC-dextran B512. Their spleen cells were removed at various times and cultivated in vitro with different polyclonal B-cell activators, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), purified protein derivative of tuberculin, and native dextran. LPS caused the appearance of high affinity anti-FITC plaque-forming cells to an equal extent with cells from untreated and tolerant animals, whereas native dextran failed to activate cells from tolerant mice, although it was a potent activator of normal cells. It was concluded that tolerance induction only affects those B cells that could respond to the polyclonal B-cell-activating properties of the tolerogen, but not other B cells having an identical set of Ig receptors directed against the tolerogen.

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