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Beer, J; Wagner, C C; Zeitlinger, M (2009). Protein binding of antimicrobials: methods for quantification and for investigation of its impact on bacterial killing. AAPS Journal, 11(1):1-12.

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Plasma protein binding of antimicrobial agents is considered to be a key characteristic of antibiotics as it affects both their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. However, up to the present, no standard methods for measuring protein binding or for quantification of the influence of protein binding on antimicrobial activity exist. This short-coming has previously led to conflicting results on antibacterial activity of highly protein-bound antibiotics. The present review, therefore, set out to summarize (1) methods for quantification of protein binding, (2) microbiological growth media used for determination of the impact of protein binding on antimicrobial activity of antibiotics, and (3) different pharmacodynamic in vitro studies that are used in this context. The advantages and disadvantages of a wide range of different approaches are discussed and compared. The urgent call for international standardization by microbiological societies and laboratories may be considered as a logical consequence of the presented data.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:15 Feb 2010 13:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:54
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1208/s12248-008-9072-1
PubMed ID:19117135

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