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J Clin Virol. 2007 Jul;39(3):182-7. Epub 2007 May 31.

Evaluation of the new ARCHITECT Rubella IgM assay.

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Abbott GmbH & Co. KG, Max-Planck-Ring 2, 65205 Wiesbaden-Delkenheim, Germany.



Rubella infections are usually characterized by mild self-limiting courses in immunocompetent individuals. However, infections in pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy pose a high risk of congenital rubella syndrome possibly resulting in severe defects in the unborn child. Rubella serology of a primary rubella infection is mainly determined by diagnostic confirmation of levels of specific IgM.


Here, we report on the performance of the Rubella IgM assay in development on the ARCHITECT instrument, a fully automated high throughput chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay platform. Sensitivity was examined using commercially available seroconversion panels from vaccinated individuals; specificity was addressed by testing populations of pregnant women, blood donors and hospitalized patients. In addition, the potential for assay interference was evaluated by testing samples of several disease states. As methods of comparison AxSYM, BioMérieux VIDAS and Behring Rubella IgM assays were used.


The study demonstrates that the ARCHITECT Rubella IgM assay shows improved specificity compared to AxSYM and Behring. Seroconversion sensitivity is equivalent on all assays evaluated.


Together with high throughput, optimized specificity and suppression of rheumatoid factor (RF) interference the ARCHITECT assay provides a useful improvement for the diagnosis of rubella serology.

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