The complement fixation test (CF) is currently the test most often used to determine the presence of antibody to human Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Several more recent techniques have now been adapted for this purpose. A comparison of CMV antibody titers was made between the CF test, a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), an indirect immunofluorescent technique (IFA), and a modified indirect hemagglutination test (IHA). Forty three serum samples were tested for antibodies to CMV by each of the above procedures. The ELISA, IFA, and IHA titers were in close agreement on all samples tested. The ELISA, IFA, and IHA titers were all equal to or greater than the CF titer for 38 of the 43 samples (88%). Two samples were anticomplementary in the CF test but gave readable results in the other procedures. Two samples with low CF titers were negative in each of the other tests. The CF test was the least sensitive of the procedures examined. The commercial ELISA system appeared to be the most practical method and offered the highest degree of sensitivity in detecting antibodies to CMV.
James D. Kettering
John E. Lewis
George M. Lessard
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Cytomegaloviruses; Immunologic Techniques.
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Brandt, James A., "Comparison and Correlation of Four Methods of Measuring Immunity to Human Cytomegalovirus" (1982). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1388.
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