Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for detection of antibody to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in mouse sera, with recombinant nucleoprotein as antigen.Lab Anim Sci. 1995 Oct; 45(5):493-6.LA
An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed for the detection of antibody to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) in mouse sera. This assay is based on recombinant LCMV nucleoprotein generated in a baculovirus system. Sera from experimentally and naturally infected as well as noninfected mice were tested, and the results were compared with those obtained from an established immunofluorescence assay (IFA) that uses infected cells as antigen. An excellent correlation was found; the ELISA specificity and sensitivity were calculated to be 100 and 95% respectively. Unlike the IFA, this ELISA does not require the handling of infective virus. It eliminates the need to work with a zoonotic agent in the laboratory while allowing effective screening of laboratory mouse populations for LCMV antibody.