The compound 1,1,1-trichloro-2-(p-chlorophenyl)-2-(o-chlorophenyl) ethane (o,p’
-DDT) has been identified as one of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals causing adverse effects on wildlife and even humans through bioaccumulation. Its detection has become increasingly important. We have obtained candidate aptamers binding to o,p
’-DDT by a systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) protocol. Five out of seventeen candidate sequences were selected for preliminary characterization by SYBR Green I assay. One sequence with highest fluorescence response with o,p’
-DDT, designated DDT_13, was chosen for further characterization. Its dissociation constant (Kd
) was determined to be 412.3 ± 124.6 nM. DDT_13 exhibited low cross-binding activities on other tested small molecules. The good bioactivities of DDT_13 were demonstrated for the analysis of spiked lake water and tap water samples. This study provides a novel o,p’
-DDT-specific probe for its future applications.
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