• CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE®


Real-time PCR kit for the detection and quantification of CMV, HHV-6, and identification of HHV-7 and HHV-8 DNA

  • Accurate quantification of CMV & HHV-6 viral load over a wide linear range
  • Qualitative detection of HHV-7 and HHV-8
  • Ready-to-use kit including internal control and quantification standards for CMV and HHV-6
  • CE-IVD on all major extraction platforms and real-time PCR
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CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® advantages

CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8 are responsible for a wide range of pathologies. That’s why it’s important to achieve optimized detection and monitoring of CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8 infection. CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® is an ideal solution, offering rapid and specific detection. You can detect infection prior to clinical symptoms, improving options for management; test patients during treatment to measure the effectiveness of treatment; and test after treatment to monitor for relapse. Plus – for added efficiency and comprehensiveness – use with many of the kits from the R-GENE® range allows you to detect various viruses from one sample or analyze various samples for one virus at the same time.

  • Sensitive and reproducible
    • Reliable detection of CMV and HHV6; identification of HHV-7, HHV-8 infection
    • Wide linear range for CMV and HHV-6 viral load
  • Standardized
    • Harmonized test profiles for multiple assays in one run
    • Uniform processing with R-GENE® range of products (CMV R-GENE®, HSV1 HSV2 VZV R-GENE®, BK Virus R-GENE®, Adenovirus Virus R-GENE®, EBV R-GENE®, Parvovirus B19 R-GENE®)
  • Flexible
    • Validated for use with various samples types
    • Prepare samples manually or use automated sample preparation such as NucliSENS® easyMAG® and assay setup platform such as easySTREAMTM* liquid handling system
    • Qualified with the major real-time PCR platforms

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Everything you need in one kit

The CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® assay is a ready-to-use molecular detection kit. Using real-time PCR after viral DNA extraction, it measures the viral load of CMV and HHV-6, and allows the detection of HHV-7 and HHV-8. It works by amplifying and simultaneously detecting specific regions of the CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8 genomes using 5’ nuclease Taqman technology.

  • Four Quantification Standards ensure accurate measurement of CMV and HHV-6 viral loads
  • A sensitivity Control validates the performance of the assay
  • An Internal Control (IC2) checks the extraction process, including lysis, and the presence of amplification inhibitors in the sample
  • Includes all necessary reagents optimized to quantify CMV (90 tests), HHV-6 (30 tests) & detect HHV-7 (10 tests), HHV-8 (10 tests) for in vitro diagnostic use.
  • Additional reagents: increase your PCR test numbers with HHV6 premix R-GENE® (69-100R6 – 60 tests), HHV7 premix R-GENE® (69-100R7 - 20 tests), HHV8 premix R-GENE® (69-100R8 - 20 tests).

Easy procedure

The CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® kit is simple to use. Just add the extracted DNA sample to the ready-to-use PCR master mixes 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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Technical Specifications - CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® (69-100B
Principle of the test Genomic detection and quantification of CMV and HHV-6
Genomic detection of HHV-7 and HHV-8
Ordering information Reference 69-100B: CMV HHV6,7,8 R-GENE® Detection and Quantification kit
Also available under reference 69-100: CMV HHV6,7,8  R-GENE® Detection and Quantification kit
 COMPLETE kit (includes 69-100B Detection and Quantification kit
 kit and ref. 67-000 DNA Extraction kit)
 Supplementary reagents:
 69-100R6: HHV6 premix R-GENE®
69-100R7: HHV7 premix R-GENE®
69-100R8: HHV8 premix R-GENE®
Technology Real-Time PCR /  5‘ nuclease Taqman technology
Gene target CMV: gene coding for ppUL83 protein
HHV-6: U57 gene
HHV-7: U42 gene
HHV-8: ORF26 gene
Specimen* Whole blood, Plasma, CSF, Amniotic  Fluid, Serum, Urine, BAL, Biopsies
Limit of Detection CMV: LoD 95% : 446 Copies/ mL of whole blood sample
HHV-6: LoD 95% : 555 Copies/mL of whole blood  sample
Dynamic Range of Quantification CMV in whole blood sample: 9.43 log (Cp/mL) to 2.63 log Cp/mL)
CMV in Amniotic Fluid sample: 9.43 log (Cp/mL) to 2.63 log Cp/mL)
Controls included Extraction + Inhibition control, Sensitivity control, negative control
Results within 75 minutes (extraction step not included)
Reporting unit Copies/mL
Number of tests 140 tests
Storage conditions -18°C/-22°C for reference 69-100B (Detection and Quantification kit) +2°C/+8°C for ref. 67-000 (DNA Extraction kit)
Validated Extraction platform*
QIAamp DNA Blood Mini kit
NucliSENS® easyMAG®
MagNA Pure Compact
MagNA Pure LC
MagNA Pure 96
VERSANT kPCR Molecular System SP
QIAsymphony SP
Validated Amplification platform* Life Technologies (Applied Biosystems)
LightCycler 1.0
LightCycler 2.0
LightCycler 480 System II
VERSANT kPCR Molecular System AD
DX Real-Time system
Stratagene / Agilent
Status For in vitro diagnostic use, CE marking in Europe:

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Fast facts on CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8 Virus

What are CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8?
Cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpesevirus-6 (HHV-6), human herpesevirus-7 (HHV-7) and human herpesevirus-8 (HHV-8) are viruses characterized by high seroprevalence (ranging from 50% to 100%, depending on the geographical region) that are responsible for a wide range of pathologies. The primary infection commonly occurs during young childhood. The viral dissemination in blood may lead to benign and rare clinical signs. CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8 establish a lifelong dormant infection. However, the viruses often reactivate in the case of an immunosuppression.

Who is most at risk?
The severity of infection depends on the immune status of the host (e.g. AIDS patients and organ transplant patients are commonly known as fragile hosts). CMV is associated with neurological diseases and pneumopathy. In severe cases, it can lead to mortality in immunocompromised patients. HHV-6 and HH-7 are also very likely to be involved in opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients. HHV-6 and HHV-7 most likely increase the secondary CMV infections through a process of cross reactivation. When primary infection occurs, HHV-6 is also suspected to be responsible for mononucleosic syndroma, lymphadenopathy and hepatitis. HHV-8 is associated with lymphoproliferative diseases such as Kaposi sarcoma, Castleman disease and some lymphomas.

What are the benefits of CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8 testing?
Real-Time PCR-based assays for CMV, HHV-6, HHV-7, HHV-8 enable rapid and specific detection prior to clinical symptoms to help improve outcomes – which is especially important for immunosuppressed patients. Testing helps keep track of the effectiveness of active treatment and can monitor for relapse after treatment.


  1. Detection of human herpesviruses HHV-6, HHV-7 and HHV-8 in whole blood by real-time PCR using the new CMV, HHV-6, 7, 8 R-GENE kit.
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    International consensus guidelines on the management of cytomegalovirus in Solid Organ Transplantation Transplantation 2010;89: 779-795
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    Cytomegalovirus Load in Infl amed Intestinal Tissue Is Predictive of Resistance to Immunosuppressive Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 Nov;106(11):2001-8
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    Cytomegalovirus infection in severe burn patients monitoring by real-time polymerase chain reaction : A prospective study Burms (2011), doi:10.1016/j.burns.2010.11.006.
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Posters :

  1. Vignoles M. ; Barranger N. ; Bertrand M. ; Raoux N. ; Magro S. ; Barranger C. ; Joannes M.
    CMV R-GENE® real-time  PCR assay and the 1st WHO International standard for CMV: Standardization of PCR techniques
    Poster 14th annual meeting of th eeuropean society for clinical virology, Madeira, 2011
  2. Alain S. ; Boyer B. ; Vignoles M. ; Joannes M. ; Barranger C. ; Ploy M-C.
    Evaluation of CMV R-GENE PCR(Argene) coupled with esayMAG® Biomérieux extraction for CMV viral load quantification in amniotic fluid.
    CMV Workshop Nüremberg 2011.
  3. Bubba L. ; Binda D. ; Gambino M. ; Mammoliti A. ; Pellegrinelli L. Primache V. and Barbi M.
    Use of a commercial Real-time PCR (Argene) for the detection of CMV-DNA in Dried saliva Swabs (DSS) eluted in molecular biology grade water
    ESCV Madeira 2011

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