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Aspiculuris tetraptera



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K virus

Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus


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Mycoplasma pulmonis

Mycoplasma screen



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Rabbit fibroma virus

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Rat coronavirus

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Reovirus type 3 (REO3)



Sendai virus (SEND)

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Streptobacillus moniliformis

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Syphacia muris

Syphacia obvelata

Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV)

Tickborne encephalitis virus

Treponema cuniculi


Tyzzer's disease

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

Lactate dehydrogenase elevating virus PCR test

rodent and rabbit assay data sheet

Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDV)

Test code: S0137 - Ultrasensitive qualitative detection of Lactate dehydrogenase elevating virus by reverse transcription coupled real time PCR

S0137 is included on P0029 - Mouse Essentials Panel

Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDV) belongs to the Togaviridae family and is included in the genus Arterivirus. It is also known as Lactate Dehydrogenase Virus.  LDV is a mouse-restricted virus that  causes a lifelong persistent infection in the blood.  Mouse infections result in alterations in a number of physiological functions such as immunological responses and enzyme levels.  Such changes can severely affect experimental results.

Transmission of the virus between mice in a colony is rare.  The most frequent route of transmission is passage of contaminated stocks of tumor cells or other biological materials through the mice.  It is difficult to identify infected mice because they do not show gross clinical symptoms.

Detection of the virus by serology testing is unreliable and culture of the virus is difficult (Brinton, 1986).  Since infected mice show elevated levels of lactate dehydrogenase, detection has relied in the past on indirect determination by enzyme level.  However, hemolysis, tissue damage and freezing of plasma samples can also result in non-specific elevation of this enzyme (Brinton, 1986), so false positive results are common by this method.  As LDV persistently circulates in the blood during infection, detection of viral RNA by reverse transcription coupled PCR represents a sensitive, specific and rapid method of detection of this virus in mice.


  • Help confirm the disease causing agent
  • Shorten the time required to confirm a clinical diagnosis of LDV
  • Help ensure that vivariums are free of LDV
  • Early prevention of spread of LDV among a vivarium
  • Minimize personnel exposure to this virus
  • Safety monitoring of biological products that derive from mice

Brinton, M. (1986) Lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus, p. 389-420. In P.N. Bhatt, R.O. Jacoby, H.C. Morse III, and A.E. New (ed.), Viral and mycoplasmal infection of laboratory rodents: effects on biomedical research. Academic Press, Inc., Orlando, Fla.

Specimen requirements: 0.2 ml whole blood in EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube, or 0.2 ml cell culture.

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

Methodology: Qualitative reverse transcription coupled real time polymerase chain reaction

Normal range: Nondetected

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