Laboratory of Protein Engineering


Head of the Laboratory: Aleksey V. Yantsevich

Ph.D (chemistry)

phone:+375 (29) 193-93-40

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About the Laboratory

Established in 2003.

From 2003 to 2011 the laboratory was headed by Sergey A. Usanov, D.Sc., professor, corresponding member of NASB. 

Personnel: 19 researchers including 2 Dr.Sc. and 4 Ph.D.


Research directions

  • Investigations of structure-function correlation in cytochrome P450 superfamily
  • Design of enzymes for molecular
  • Expression  and  purification of recombinant enzymes
  • Development of methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of low molecular weight metabolites
  • Investigation of protein-protein interactions for components of monooxygenase systems
  • Bioinformatics: development of methods for rational drug design
  • Proteomics
  • Synthetic biology.

Main achievements and developments

  1. Methods for biosynthesis of important drug targets among cytochrome P450 superfamily;
  2. Structural insights into substrate and inhibitor discrimination by clinically relevant mutants of cytochromes P450;
  3. Identification of previously unknown active site ligands that could act as inhibitors for important drug targets among cytochrome P450 superfamily;
  4. Novel effective approaches for artificial gene synthesis.


On a contract basis the laboratory offers:

  • High resolution  MS-analysis  for common organic molecules and biopolymers
  • Identification of proteins and analysis of protein composition in complex biological samples
  • Molecule and particle size analysis by DLS/SLS
  • Oligonucleotide and artificial gene synthesis.


Selected publications

  1. Shchur, V.V., Burankova, Y.P., Shapira.M.A. et al. Programmed assembly of long DNA synthons: design, mechanism and on-line monitoring. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2019). doi: 10.1007/s00253-019-10099-4.
  2. Yantsevich, A.V., Shchur, V.V., Usanov S.A. Oligonucleotide preparation approach for assembly of DNA synthons. SLAS Technol (2019). doi: 10.1177/2472630319850534.
  3. Yantsevich, A.V., Dzichenka, Ya.V., Ivanchik, A.V. et al. Proteomic analysis of contaminants in recombinant membrane hemeproteins expressed in E. coli and isolated by metal affinity chromatography. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2017). doi: 10.1134/S000368381702017X.
  4. Dichenko Ya.V., Yantsevich, A.V., Usanov S.A. Structural and Functional Characteristics of Oxysterol 7α-Hydroxylase with Amino-Acid Substitution R486C and Their Relation to the Appearance of Neurodegenerative Diseases. J Appl Spectrosc (2015). doi: 10.1007/s 10812-015-0069-0.
  5. Yantsevich A.V., Dichenko Y.V, Usanov S.A. et al. Human steroid and oxysterol 7α-hydroxylase CYP7B1: substrate specificity, azole binding and misfolding of clinically relevant mutants. // FEBS J. (2014). doi: 10.1111/febs. 12733.
  6. Dmitrochenko, A.E., Usanov, S.A., Yantsevich, A.V. et al. An effective scheme to produce recombinant uracil-DNA glycosylase of Escherichia coli for PCR diagnostics. Appl Biochem Microbiol (2014). doi: 10.1134/ S0003683814030041.










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