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What chemical reagent is HEPES?

What chemical reagent is HEPES?

In the vast fields of biochemistry and cell biology, chemical reagents play a crucial role. They not only assist in the smooth progress of experiments, but also directly affect the accuracy and repeatability of experimental results. HEPES, The full name is 4-hydroxyethylpiperazine-1-ethanesulfonic acid, which is an indispensable chemical reagent that occupies a place in scientific research due to its buffering performance and wide applicability.

Structure and properties

HEPES is an organic compound with the molecular formula C8H18N2O4S, with a molecular weight of 238.3 Daltons. It belongs to the category of ionic zwitterionic buffering agents, which contain both acidic (carboxyl) and alkaline (amino) groups in the molecular structure. This characteristic enables HEPES to resist the interference of external acids and bases in certain pH ranges and maintain relative stability of the solution pH. HEPES forms a colorless and transparent solution after dissolution in water, with a pH range typically between 6.8 and 8.2. It is particularly suitable for simulating pH values under physiological conditions, making it an ideal buffer medium for cell culture, enzyme activity measurement, and various biochemical reactions.

Application area

1. Cell culture

In the field of cell culture, HEPES is a key component in maintaining pH stability of the culture medium. When cells are cultured in vitro, their metabolic activity produces acidic or alkaline substances, leading to pH fluctuations in the culture medium. HEPES can effectively buffer these changes, ensuring that cells grow in a pH environment close to physiological conditions, thereby improving cell health and proliferation. In addition, for cell lines that are intolerant to high concentrations of carbon dioxide, the HEPES buffer system can replace traditional bicarbonate buffer systems, reducing dependence on high CO2 incubators.

2. Biochemical experiments and reagent kits

In biochemical experiments, HEPES is widely used for enzyme activity detection, protein purification, electrophoresis experiments, etc., as it can significantly improve the stability and repeatability of experiments. In clinical diagnostic test kits, HEPES, as a buffer, can ensure the stability of the reagents and the accuracy of detection results, especially in kits that require long-term storage or transportation, its buffering effect is particularly prominent.

Safety and environmental protection considerations

Although HEPES has broad application value in biochemical research, its use also requires attention to potential safety issues. High concentrations of HEPES may exhibit toxicity under certain cell culture conditions, affecting cell growth or causing changes in cell morphology.

In summary, as an important biological buffer in biochemical research, HEPES has demonstrated its irreplaceable value in multiple fields such as cell culture and biochemical analysis. With the continuous progress of biotechnology and the increasing demand for environmental protection, research on the application efficiency and environmental impact assessment of HEPES will continue to deepen, promoting its wider and more efficient application in the field of biological science in the future. HEPES is not only a common chemical reagent in the laboratory, but also an important bridge connecting basic scientific research with clinical applications, theoretical exploration, and technological innovation.

Hubei Xindesheng Material Technology Co., Ltd. was established in 2005 and is a leading manufacturer of HEPES buffering agents. It has a large-scale factory and a production research and development team. Professional personnel are available for pre-sales, during sales, and after-sales service, providing customers with full price protection throughout the entire process. The purity of the HEPES buffer currently produced can reach over 99%, with strict quality control. If you are interested, please feel free to inquire and purchase.