We have developed a murine monoclonal antibody reactive with a major immediate early 72 000 dalton protein of human cytomegalovirus and utilized this reagent in a rapid virus titration and microneutralization assay. Because of the early expression of this virus encoded protein, both assays could be accomplished within 16 h following virus inoculation. In addition, both assays resulted in considerable savings of reagents because the assays were carried out in 96-well microtiter plates. These assays should prove useful in the preparation and study of neutralizing antibodies directed against human cytomegalovirus. © 1989.