SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus Neutralization Assay

Overview of Pseudovirus Neutralization Assay

Pseudovirus refers to a retrovirus that can integrate the envelope glycoprotein of another virus to form a virus with an exogenous viral envelope, and the genome retains the characteristics of the retrovirus itself. 

Some viruses, such as the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV), SARS-CoV, Ebola virus, H5N1, etc., are highly infectious and highly pathogenic, which have brought great difficulty and danger to the screening of neutralizing antibodies. Compared with natural virus, the pseudovirus can only infect cells in a single round, has broad host range, high titer, and is not easily inactivated by serum complement.

In the pseudovirus luciferase assay (PVLA), the inhibition of viral entry into cells by NtAb is correlated to the decreased levels of luciferase signals in the cells. This method is superior to the conventional assay because of its simplicity, higher sensitivity and accuracy, suitability for high-throughput experiments. In addition, no live virus is used during the test. Therefore, this method could be used as an alternative for safely conducting serologic studies in a rapid response in assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2.

SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus Neutralization Assay Fig1. Pseudotype-Based Neutralization Assays Principle

SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus Neutralization Assay Service

Effector Cell

293T/ACE2 cells (ACE2 overexpression 293T cells)

Detection Method

  • SARS-CoV-2 Spike pseudovirus infects 293T/ACE2 cells after incubation with the test antibody or serum.  
  • Luciferase activity, expressed in relative light units (RLUs), was determined according to the Luciferase Assay System user's manual.
  • The pseudovirus neutralization inhibition rate of the tested antibody or serum can be calculated based on the luciferase luminescence value.

Sample Requirements

> 100 μg antibody (concentration> 0.2 mg/mL, sterile, pH7.1-7.4) or 100 μL inactivated serum.


Project Report


4-5 weeks

Typical Data

SARS-CoV-2 Pseudovirus Neutralization Assay

Our Advantage

At present, we have successfully developed a SARS-CoV-2 pseudovirus with HIV lentiviral vector. The Luciferase luminescence value reaches 106 RLU after the pseudovirus infection, which can meet the requirement for SARS-CoV-2 neutralization assay and screening of neutralization antibodies or serum.

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