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Bacterial staphylococcal enterotoxin B is involved in several severe disease patterns and it was therefore used as a target for the generation of biologically stable mirror-image oligonucleotide ligands, so called Spiegelmers. The toxin is a 28 kDa protein consisting of 239 amino acids. Since the full-length protein is not accessible to chemical peptide synthesis, a stable domain of 25 amino acids was identified as a suitable selection target. DNA in vitro selection experiments were carried out against the equivalent mirror-image D-peptide domain resulting in high affinity D-DNA aptamers. As expected, the corresponding enantiomeric L-DNA Spiegelmer showed comparable binding characteristics to the L-peptide domain. Moreover, the Spiegelmer bound the whole protein target with only slightly reduced affinity. Dissociation constants of both peptide-oligonucleotide complexes were measured in the range of 200 nM, whereas the Spiegelmer binding to the full-length protein was determined at approximately 420 nM. These data demonstrate the possibility to identify Spiegelmers against large protein targets by a domain approach.