In studies of the resistance of inbred mice to infection with Trypanosoma cruzi Peru, mouse strain B10.S was the only strain which survived the infection resulting from the inoculation of 10(3) trypomastigotes. This is the only inbred mouse strain studied to survive infection. To investigate the effect of the H-2 haplotype on survival, C57BL/10 congenic mouse strains bearing H-2S recombinant haplotypes and mouse strains A.SWSn/J and SJL/J were tested for their ability to overcome the T. cruzi infection. None of the recombinant strains tested, including B10.S(7R), B10.S(8R), B10.S(9R), and B10.HTT, survived the infection, indicating that at least two or more regions of the H-2 locus must be H-2S to ensure survival. Strains A.SWSn/J and SJL/J with the H-2S haplotype did not survive, indicating that the genetic background outside the H-2 complex also influences survival. The congenic F1 hybrid (C57BL/10 X B10.S) F1 exhibited intermediate survival levels when compared with the parental strains, indicating that H-2S survival is affected by gene dosage. The F1 hybrid strain [B10.S(7R) X B10.S(8R)]F1, which possesses the complete H-2S haplotype in the trans configuration, did not survive T. cruzi infection, suggesting that H-2S-mediated survival does not operate by trans complementation.