Binding of drugs to human muscle

Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 1978 Dec 18;14(5):335-40. doi: 10.1007/BF00611903.


Binding of 22 drugs to human muscle tissue has been determined by ultrafiltration. All drugs tested were bound, the bound fraction ranging from 13% (aminophenazone) to greater than 98% (desipramine). Both linear and nonlinear binding was observed. For chemically related substances, binding to muscle tissue correlated with plasma binding and lipid solubility. There were significant differences in binding to muscle from different individuals. With respect to pharmacokinetics of drugs, it is suggested that binding to muscle tissue may be at least as important as plasma binding.

MeSH terms

  • Chemistry, Pharmaceutical
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Kinetics
  • Lipids
  • Muscles / metabolism*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations / metabolism*
  • Solubility
  • Tissue Preservation


  • Lipids
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations