• Enterovirus R-gene®

Enterovirus R-gene®

A real-time PCR kit for the accurate detection of enterovirus RNA

  • Ready-to-use kit that includes internal, positive and negative controls
  • CE-IVD on all major extraction platforms & real-time PCR systems and on different samples types
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Enterovirus R-gene® advantages

Enteroviruses are common human viruses associated with diverse clinical syndromes ranging from minor febrile illness to rare but severe and potentially fatal conditions (e.g., aseptic meningitis, paralysis, myocarditis, and neonatal enteroviral sepsis). Numerous enterovirus serotypes have been identified with different temporal patterns of circulation; typically they are associated with different clinical manifestations. Changes in circulating serotypes can result in large-scale outbreaks, as people will not have built up immunities. Optimized detection of enterovirus infection is critical to ensure the best patient management, especially for the diagnosis of neuro-meningitis infections on CSF samples. Enterovirus R-gene® is an ideal solution.

  • Sensitive and reproducible
    • Reliable measurement of enterovirus infection
    • All controls included
  • Standardized
    • Uniform processing with other viruses using HSV1 HSV2 VZV R-gene® and Parechovirus r-gene® assays.
    • Harmonized test profiles for multiple assays in one run
  • Flexible
    • Validated for use on CSF and other samples types
    • Qualified for use with manual or automated sample preparation such as NucliSENS® easyMAG® and assay setup techniques such as easySTREAM™ liquid handling system
    • Qualified with the major real-time PCR platforms

One kit for everything you need

The Enterovirus R-gene® kit is a ready-to-use molecular detection kit. It measures the presence of enterovirus using real-time PCR after viral RNA extraction. This 5’ nuclease-based real-time PCR assay amplifies a specific region of Enterovirus genome.

  • An Internal Control (IC1) checks the extraction process, including lysis, and the presence of amplification inhibitors in the sample
  • Positive and Negative controls
  • Includes all necessary reagents optimized to detect enteroviruses for in vitro diagnostic use

Simple procedure

Using the Enterovirus R-gene® kit is easy. Just add the extracted RNA sample to the ready-to-use PCR master mix and start the reaction on the appropriate Real-Time PCR thermocycler, following optimized cycling program described in the “Instructions For Use”.


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Enterovirus R-gene® (69-005B)
Principle of the test Genomic detection and quantification of Enterovirus
Ordering information Reference 69-005B: Enterovirus R-gene® Also available under reference 69-005: Enterovirus R-gene® COMPLETE kit (include 69-005B Quantification kit and ref. 67-020 DNA/RNA extraction kit)
Technology Real-Time PCR / 5‘ nuclease Taqman technology
Gene target 5’ non coding region
Serotypes detected Enterovirus A: Coxsackievirus A4, A6 to A8, A10, A14, A16, A16V Enterovirus 71,76 Enterovirus B: Coxsackievirus A9, B1 to B6, Echovirus 1 to 7, 9, 11 to 21, 24 to 27, 29 to 33, Enterovirus 69, 74,75, 77, 78, 93 Enterovirus C: Coxsackievirus A11, A13, A17, A20, A21, A24, A24V Poliovirus 1,2,3 Enterovirus D: Enterovirus 68, 70,94
Specimen* CSF, Stool, Respiratory specimen, cell culture
Limit of Detection 0,01 (CoxA13) to 10 (PV1) TCID50/mL 
Controls included Extraction + Inhibition control, positive, negative control
Results within 2 hours (extraction step not included)
Reporting unit Qualitative test
Number of tests 90 tests
Storage conditions -18°C/-22°C for reference 69-005B (Quantification kit), +2°C/+8°C for ref. 67-020 (DNA/RNA extraction kit)
Validated Extraction platform* Manual Automated QIAamp Viral RNA Mini kit QIAamp MinElute Virus Spin kit NucliSENS® easyMAG® MagNA Pure Compact QIAcube VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP EZ1 Advanced / EZ1 Advanced XL
Validated Amplification platform* Life Technologies (Applied Biosystems) LightCycler SmartCycler RotorGene VERSANT kPCR Molecular System AD Biorad DX Real-Time system Stratagene / Agilent
Status For in vitro diagnostic use, CE marking in Europe - Please enquire

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Fast facts on Enteroviruses

What are Enteroviruses?

Members of the Picornaviridae family, enteroviruses are single-strand RNA viruses, split into 4 species (Enterovirus A, B, C and D). More than 100 serotypes have been described, of which 68 are currently recognized in the 2005 international classification (8th report of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses. 2005). In temperate climates, enterovirus infections mostly occur seasonally (May to October) and are particularly common infections in children and adolescents. Enteroviruses are the leading cause of meningitis and are also associated with cardiac, respiratory, cutaneous mucosa or neonatal pathologies.

Who is most at risk?

Anyone can become infected and ill with these viruses. However, infants, children and adolescents are more prone to become ill than are adults. Adults are more likely to be immune to specific enteroviruses.

What are the benefits of Enteroviruses molecular testing?

The standard method for the diagnosis of enteroviruses is isolation by cell culture followed, if necessary, by a sero-neutralisation typing. However, this traditional method sometimes lacks sensitivity for certain serotypes (Coxsackievirus A and enterovirus 68 to 71). Currently, the method of choice for the diagnosis of these neuro-meningitis infections is the molecular diagnosis on CSF samples. Much faster than conventional PCR methods, Real Time PCR enables a rapid and sensitive identification of all the serotypes, allowing clinicians to discontinue unnecessary treatment and useless clinical examinations.

Enterovirus R-gene®: PUBLICATIONS

  1. Multicenter evaluation of the ENTEROVIRUS R-gene™ real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of enteroviruses in clinical specimens
    Pillet et al. J Clin Virol. 2010 Jan;47(1):54-9. Epub 2009 Oct 29
  2. Developpement of a new diagnostic tool for the real-time qualitative detection of Enterovirus RNA.
    Bès et al. ARGENE ESCV, Istanbul, September 2009.
  3. Development of a new diagnostic tool for the real time qualitative detection of Enterovirus RNA.
    Bès et al. ARGENE. EUROPIC, Barcelone, May 2008.

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