Letha J. Sooter

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Many large-scale applications of the organophosphate pesticide malathion have led to widespread environmental contamination. Concentrations are found in the environment well above those which are harmful to humans and environmental organisms. No current method of detection for this pesticide is rapid, cost-effective, and specific for malathion. Therefore,(More)
Bromacil is a widely used herbicide that is known to contaminate environmental systems. Due to the hazards it presents and inefficient detection methods, it is necessary to create a rapid and efficient sensing device. Towards this end, we have utilized a stringent in vitro selection method to identify single-stranded DNA molecular recognition elements (MRE)(More)
BACKGROUND Prostate cancer is the most-diagnosed non-skin cancer among males in the US, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Current methods of treatment and diagnosis are not specific for the disease. This work identified an antibody fragment that binds selectively to a molecule on the surface of androgen-dependent prostate cancer cells(More)
While the in vitro selection of nucleic acid binding species (aptamers) requires numerous liquid-handling steps, these steps are relatively straightforward and the overall process is therefore amenable to automation. Here we demonstrate that automated selection techniques are capable of generating aptamers against a number of diverse protein targets.(More)
Differential cell systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) is an in vitro selection method for obtaining molecular recognition elements (MREs) that specifically bind to individual cell types with high affinity. MREs are selected from initial large libraries of different nucleic or amino acids. This review outlines the construction(More)
A simple, ultrasensitive, highly selective, and reagent-free aptamer-based biosensor has been developed for quantitative detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The sensor contains a SERS probe made of gold nanostar@Raman label@SiO(2) core-shell nanoparticles in which the Raman label (malachite green(More)
Methods for automation of nucleic acid selections are being developed. The selection of aptamers has been successfully automated using a Biomek 2000 workstation. Several binding species with nanomolar affinities were isolated from diverse populations. Automation of a deoxyribozyme ligase selection is in progress. The process requires eleven times more(More)
Widespread use of the chlorotriazine herbicide, atrazine, has led to serious environmental and human health consequences. Current methods of detecting atrazine contamination are neither rapid nor cost-effective. In this work, atrazine-specific single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecular recognition elements (MRE) were isolated. We utilized a stringent Systematic(More)
The binding affinity of 17β-estradiol with an immobilized DNA aptamer was measured using capillary electrophoresis. Estradiol captured by the immobilized DNA was injected into the separation capillary using pH-mediated sample stacking. Stacked 17β-estradiol was then separated using micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography and detected with(More)