In an anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) glomerulonephritis (GN) model, GN-resistant Lewis rats naturally recover from early glomerular inflammation. Here we investigated recovery mechanisms for development of a potential immunotherapy for autoimmune GN. Our previous studies suggested that glomeruli-infiltrating leukocytes with a phenotype of CD8αα+CD11c+MHC-II+CD3- (GIL CD8αα+ cells) were responsible for recovery through induction of T-cell apoptosis. Now, we identified peripheral blood CD8αα+CD11c+MHC-II+CD3- cells (PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells), which shared 9 markers with GIL CD8αα+ cells. Upon incubation, PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells displayed a morphology resembling that of dendritic cells. Similar to GIL CD8αα+ cells, PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells were capable of inducing T-cell apoptosis in vitro. Hence, PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells were likely the precursor of GIL CD8αα+ cells. We next tested their potential in vivo function. PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells were able to infiltrate inflamed but not normal glomeruli. Isolated PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells of Lewis rats were transferred into GN-prone Wistar-Kyoto rats at early inflammatory stage (days 17-25). When examined at day 45, both histopathology and blood urea nitrogen/serum creatinine level showed significantly attenuated GN in 80% of cell recipient Wistar-Kyoto rats. Separate experiments verified infiltration of transferred Lewis PBMC CD8αα+CD3- into the glomeruli, accompanied with apoptotic CD4+ T cells in the glomeruli of the recipient Wistar-Kyoto rats. Thus, PBMC CD8αα+CD3- cells of Lewis rats were able to terminate ongoing autoimmune inflammation in the glomeruli.