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J Clin Microbiol. 1984 Jun;19(6):917-9.

Rapid detection of cytomegalovirus in MRC-5 cells inoculated with urine specimens by using low-speed centrifugation and monoclonal antibody to an early antigen.


A commercially available monoclonal antibody directed against an early nuclear protein of cytomegalovirus was used with low-speed centrifugation for the rapid detection of this virus from urine specimens inoculated onto MRC-5 cells. A total of 19 of 162 (11.7%) urine specimens inoculated were positive by both immunofluorescence and peroxidase-antiperoxidase procedures (sensitivity, 100%), whereas only 18 of the samples produced cytopathic effects in conventional cell culture (specificity, 94.7%). All specimens were positive by immunofluorescence and peroxidase-antiperoxidase procedures at 36 h postinfection, whereas an average of 9 days was required for cytopathic effects to develop in cell cultures.

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