Autoclaving ACES buffer?

Wolfgang Schechinger wolfsc at
Thu Mar 28 04:38:35 EST 2002

Dear Chris, it was quick enough ;-). 

I remember there was a reocurring thread in this NG some time ago on 
autoclaving some Northern Blot or RNA related solution (I think, it was on MES 
or MOPS buffer turning yellow after autoclaving, you could search at Some people though used it yellow without apparent 
problems. ACES also is a sulfonic acid, so you might have similar observations.

Anyway, chemistry suggests some hydrolysis (acetamido-residue), but defining 
the extent is difficlult. If sterile filtration is inconvenient, I'd just give 
it a try and look if 

a) Campylobacter still likes it
b) pH changes significantly
c) buffering capacity changes (just record change in pH when adding constant 
aliquots of acid or base to say 10ml of autoclaved buffer)


> It's a buffer we're using for a defined media for Campylobacter. It's
> N-(2-acetamido)-2-aminoethanesulphonic acid
> pKa=6.9
> Quick enough?

Dr. Wolfgang Schechinger
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan


More information about the Methods mailing list