It has previously been shown that the prodrug Glu(acyclovir)-Sar has a high affinity for PEPT1 in Caco-2 cells. However, affinity does not necessarily lead to translocation by the transporter which is necessary for achieving an increased oral bioavailability. Therefore i.v. and p.o. doses of Glu(acyclovir)-Sar, acyclovir and valacyclovir were given to rats and the collected blood samples were analysed via LC-MS-MS. Furthermore, Caco-2 cell monolayers were exposed apically to Glu(acyclovir)-Sar, acyclovir, and valacyclovir and the concentration of drug and prodrugs in the cell extracts were determined and taken as a measure for intracellular accumulation. In addition, bi-directional transport studies of Glu(acyclovir)-Sar across Caco-2 cell monolayers and in vitro metabolism studies of Glu(acyclovir)-Sar in various media of rat origin were performed. For these purposes HPLC-UV analysis was applied. Oral administration of Glu(acyclovir)-Sar to rats resulted in low bioavailabilities of acyclovir (<2%) and intact prodrug (<5%). Studies performed on Caco-2 cell monolayers showed that in contrast to valacyclovir Glu(acyclovir)-Sar did not result in a detectable amount of acyclovir or Glu(acyclovir)-Sar in the cell extracts. Bi-directional flux across Caco-2 cell monolayers apical to basolateral (FluxA-->B) and basolateral to apical (FluxB-->A) was measured and the FluxB-->A/FluxA-->B ratios of approximately 0.8 indicate that apical efflux mechanisms may not explain this lack of intracellular accumulation. These data indicate that Glu(acyclovir)-Sar may not be translocated by PEPT1.