Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is an immunodysregulatory disorder for which more effective treatments are needed. The macrolide rapamycin has immunosuppressive properties, making it an attractive candidate for controlling the aberrant T cell activation that occurs in HLH. To investigate its therapeutic potential, we used rapamycin to treat Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV)-infected perforin-deficient (Prf1(-/-) ) mice according to a well-established model of HLH. At the regimens tested, rapamycin did not improve weight loss, splenomegaly, hemophagocytosis, cytopenias, or proinflammatory cytokine production in LCMV-infected Prf1(-/-) animals. Thus, single agent rapamycin appears ineffective in treating the clinical and laboratory manifestations of LCMV-induced HLH. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.