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Determination of metformin transfer across the human placenta using a dually perfused ex vivo placental cotyledon model.
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PMID:  17350747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to quantify and characterize metformin transfer across the human placenta using an ex vivo placental perfusion model. STUDY DESIGN: Placentas were obtained from vaginal deliveries or caesarean sections and selected cotyledons were cannulated and dually perfused. Metformin (1 microg/ml) and a permeability reference marker, antipyrine (50 microg/ml), were added to the maternal circulation. Each perfusion experiment was conducted for 180 min while samples were taken from the maternal and fetal compartments. The integrity and viability of the placenta were determined by measuring the flow rates, fetal artery inflow pressure, and hCG production during the experiments. RESULTS: Six complete experimental set-ups were completed. The maternal-fetal transport rates for metformin and antipyrine were 10.61+/-2.85% and 30.98+/-5.62%, respectively. The clearance index, calculated as the ratio between the permeabilities of metformin and antipyrine, was 0.34+/-0.05. CONCLUSION: The results indicate that metformin is able to cross the mature human placenta; thus, fetal exposure must be considered when treating pregnant women with metformin.
Michal Kovo; Simon Haroutiunian; Noa Feldman; Amnon Hoffman; Marek Glezerman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-03-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0301-2115     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2008 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-08     Completed Date:  2008-03-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the E. Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / pharmacokinetics
Antipyrine / pharmacokinetics
Hypoglycemic Agents / pharmacokinetics*
Maternal-Fetal Exchange*
Metformin / pharmacokinetics*
Models, Biological
Placenta / metabolism*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal; 0/Hypoglycemic Agents; 60-80-0/Antipyrine; 657-24-9/Metformin

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