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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is characterized by reproductive failures in sows and respiratory problems in piglets. The nucleocapsid(N) protein, encoded by the open reading frame 7 (ORF7) gene, is known to be the most abundant and antigenic protein in PRRS virus. Therefore, it was suggested that the N protein could be a suitable candidate for the detection of PRRS virus-specific antibodies and diagnosis of PRRS. In the present study, the ORF7 gene encoding the N protein was cloned and expressed as a fusion protein with the glutathione S-transferase (GST) in Escherichia coli. The resulting GST-N recombinant protein was used as an antigen for an indirect sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (i-ELISA). Expressed GST-N recombinant protein was migrated at 41 kDa and reacted with ORF7-specific monoclonal antibody by Western blotting. In order to increase the specificity of the ELISA for the detection of PRRS virus-specific antibodes, an i-ELISA was developed using an anti-GST antibody as a capture antibody. The sensitivity and specificity of developed i-ELISA were 92% and 96%, respectively. Based on these results, it was suggested that the i-ELISA is a simple and rapid test for screening a large number of swine sera for the anti-PRRS virus antibodies.