Transplacental transfer of vancomycin and telavancin

Tatiana Nanovskaya, Svetlana Patrikeeva, Ying Zhan, Valentina Fokina, Gary D.V. Hankins, Mahmoud S. Ahmed

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Objective: We sought to determine the bidirectional transfer and distribution of vancomycin and telavancin across the dually perfused term human placental lobule. Study Design: The technique of dually perfused placental lobule was used in its recirculating mode to determine the maternal to fetal (M→F) (n = 20) and fetal to maternal (n = 18) transfer of each antibiotic, which were coperfused with their radioactive isotopes. The concentrations of drugs were determined by liquid scintillation spectrometry. Results: In the M→F direction, the transfer of vancomycin (9.6 ± 4%) and telavancin (6.5 ± 2%) were low; however, telavancin retention by the perfused lobule was greater than that of vancomycin (P <.01). The normalized transplacental transfer of telavancin across the placental lobule in the fetal to maternal direction was higher than in the M→F direction (P <.01), suggesting the involvement of placental efflux transporters. Conclusion: The ex vivo perfusion experiments revealed low transfer of vancomycin and telavancin to the fetal circuit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331.e1-331.e6
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • pregnancy
  • telavancin
  • transplacental transfer
  • vancomycin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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