| IUPAC name
1,4-Piperazinediethanesulfonic acid (IUPAC)
| Other names
|3D model (Jmol)||Interactive image|
|Melting point||Decomposes above 300 °C|
|1 g/L (100 °C)|
|Safety data sheet||External MSDS|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
|(what is ?)|
PIPES is the common name for piperazine-N,N′-bis(2-ethanesulfonic acid), and frequently used buffering agent in biochemistry. It is an ethanesulfonic acid buffer developed by Good et al. in the 1960s.
PIPES has pKa (6.76 at 25°C) near the physiological pH which makes it useful in cell culture work. Its effective buffering range is 6.1-7.5 at 25° C. PIPES has been documented minimizing lipid loss when buffering glutaraldehyde histology in plant and animal tissues. Fungal zoospore fixation for fluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy were optimized with a combination of glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde in PIPES buffer. It has a negligible capacity to bind divalent ions.
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- Salema, R. and Brando, I., J. Submicr. Cytol., 9, 79 (1973).
- Schiff, R.I. and Gennaro, J.F., Scaning Electron Microsc., 3, 449 (1979).
- Hardham, A.R. (1985). "Studies on the cell surface of zoospores and cysts of the fungus Phytophthora cinnamomi: The influence of fixation on patterns of lectin binding". Journal of Histochemistry. 33 (2): 110–8. doi:10.1177/33.2.3918095. PMID 3918095.