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Genetic tests for...

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CYP2C76 c.449TG>A
in macaques

Mu opioid receptor
in macaques

in sooty mangabeys

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Macaque cytomegalovirus PCR test
primate assay data sheet

Macaque cytomegalovirus

Test code:
S0018 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of cytomegalovirus in rhesus and cynomolgus macaques by real time polymerase chain reaction


Cytomegalovirus in macaques exhibits strong parallels with human CMV (HCMV) in terms of nucleic and amino acid identities, natural history, and mechanisms of persistence and pathogenesis in macaques, its natural host. CMV is ubiquitous in captive rhesus macaques, with infection rates of greater than 90% by the first year of life. Cytomegalovirus infections in macaques share several features with HCMV infections. The majority of macaque CMV infections are subclinical, and healthy adults tend to shed virus in their urine, saliva, semen, cervical secretions, and breast milk for years. It was recently estimated that approximately 90% of adult macaques at the California National Primate Research Center are infected with cytomegalovirus. This infection rate is similar to those observed in other captive populations. While programs are in place in a number of primate centers and breeding facilities to expand the number of specific-pathogen-free (SPF) animals for this virus, demand for rhesus macaques will exceed the supply of SPF animals for the foreseeable future.

Infection of macaques with macaque CMV provides an excellent model for HCMV persistence and pathogenesis. HCMV is the most common congenital infection in the world and a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Determination of the frequency and magnitude of CMV shedding in macaques would expand our understanding of the natural history of this infection.

Although virus isolation can be used to diagnose CMV infection, a long incubation period is required to obtain results. Viral culture also increases the potential risk of laboratory personnel contacting this virus. Furthermore, viral culture is less sensitive, reliable and specific than newer polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based techniques.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Help ensure that animal colonies are free of CMV
  • Early prevention of spread of this virus among a colony
  • Minimize personnel exposure to this virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products and vaccines that derive from monkeys

Specimen requirement: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml serum or plasma.

Contact Zoologix if advice is needed to determine an appropriate specimen type for a specific diagnostic application. For specimen types not listed here, please contact Zoologix to confirm specimen acceptability and shipping instructions.

For all specimen types, if there will be a delay in shipping, or during very warm weather, refrigerate specimens until shipped and ship with a cold pack unless more stringent shipping requirements are specified. Frozen specimens should be shipped so as to remain frozen in transit. See shipping instructions for more information.

Turnaround time: 2 business days

Methodologies: Qualitative real time PCR

Normal range: Nondetected

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