Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Clin Microbiol. 1990 Jun;28(6):1147-50.

Human malignant melanoma cell line (HMV-II) for isolation of influenza C and parainfluenza viruses.

Author information

  • 1Virus Center, Sendai National Hospital, Japan.


HMV-II, a human malignant melanoma cell line, was compared with other cell lines (MDCK, Vero, and LLC-MK2) and primary cultures of monkey kidney (PMK) cells for the isolation and quantification of influenza and parainfluenza viruses. HMV-II cells were superior to MDCK and LLC-MK2 cells in quantification of the influenza C virus and were used successfully in the isolation of the virus from clinical specimens. The HMV-II cell line was also more sensitive for isolating parainfluenza viruses from clinical specimens than were Vero and PMK cells; there was, however, no significant difference in the quantification of the viruses among these cultures. As far as influenza A and B viruses were concerned, the HMV-II cell line was significantly less sensitive than MDCK cells, and no virus was isolated from clinical specimens with HMV-II cells. Thus, HMV-II cells are useful for the isolation of influenza C and parainfluenza viruses as an alternative to embryonated hen's eggs and PMK cells.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center