Characterization of theophylline binding to serum proteins in pregnant and nonpregnant women.


Sera from 10 subjects in the third trimester of pregnancy and from 10 nonpregnant women were studied to elucidate the mechanism underlying decreased theophylline protein binding during pregnancy. Consistent with the physiologic hypoalbuminemia of pregnancy, serum albumin concentrations averaged only 3.2 +/- 0.3 gm/dl (+/- SD) in pregnant subjects, compared… (More)