Characterization of plasma daptomycin in patients with serum highly glycated albumin and obesity

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      Plasma daptomycin has not been fully characterized in diabetic and obese patients. This study aimed to evaluate the associations of plasma daptomycin with glycation of serum albumin and obesity.


      Infectious patients (n = 70) receiving intravenous daptomycin were enrolled. The plasma concentration of total and free daptomycin were determined using liquid chromatograph-tandem mass spectrometer. The associations of the plasma concentrations of daptomycin with clinical factors including serum albumin fractionations and physical status (obese including overweight, body mass index ≥ 25.0) were investigated. Daptomycin doses were adjusted using total body-weight.


      The serum albumin level was positively and negatively correlated with the plasma concentration of total daptomycin and its free fraction proportion, respectively. The serum non-glycated albumin was negatively correlated with the free fraction proportion. The dose-normalized plasma concentration of total daptomycin was higher in the obese patients than in non-obese patients when the body-weight was corrected with total and adjusted values. For the dose adjustment with lean body-weight, no difference was observed in the dose-normalized plasma concentration of total daptomycin between the physical statuses. For each body-weight correction method, physical status did not affect the dose-normalized plasma concentration of free daptomycin.


      The glycation of serum albumin and obesity did not associate with dose-normalized plasma free daptomycin. In obese patients, daptomycin dosage adjustment with total body-weight and adjusted body-weight may lead to an apparent excessive exposure resulting in overdosage compared to lean body-weight.



      DAP (daptomycin), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), tDAP (total daptomycin), fu (unbound fraction proportion), fDAP (free daptomycin), CK (creatine phosphokinase), FBS (fasting blood glucose), TBW (total body-weight), ABW (adjusted body-weight), LBW (lean body-weight), eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate), IQR (interquartile range), BMI (body mass index), WHO (World Health Organization), IBW (ideal body weight)
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