Equilibrium dialysis (ED) is one of the most frequently used approaches to investigate drug binding, where the major drawbacks are the time to reach equilibrium (varying between 6 and 24 h), a long assay preparation time and complexity of automation. A rapid equilibrium dialysis (RED) device has recently become commercially available (Pierce Biotechnology, ThermoFisher Scientific, Waltham, MA) offering the potential for reduced preparation and equilibration times. The RED device comprises a Teflon base plate which holds up to 48 disposable dialysis cells. Each dialysis insert is made up of two side-by-side chambers separated by a vertical cylinder of dialysis membrane with a high membrane surface area-to-volume ratio. An independent validation of the RED approach for the measurement of human plasma protein binding (PPB) was carried out as a comparative analysis with standard ED evaluating equilibration time, assay reproducibility and accuracy and ease of use. Using a diverse set of 18 commercially available drugs spanning a range of physicochemical properties we have shown this to be a robust and accurate methodology, with a shorter preparation and dialysis time, capable of being automated as a high-throughput assay for the determination of PPB.
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