Laboratory of molecular immunology

Department of immunology

Head: Sergey Deyev, academician, +7(495)223-52-17, +7(495)995-55-57#5217


Molecular Immunology Laboratory at the Moscow River.

Sergey Deyev, academicianHead of, +7(495)223-52-17, +7(495)995-55-57#5217
Roman Kholodenko, Ph.D.s. r.
Ekaterina Lebedenko, Ph.D.s. r., +7(499)1510178, +7()
Maxim Nikitin, Ph.D.s. r.
Galina Proshkina, Ph.D.s. r.
Victoria Shipunova, Ph.D.s. r.
Aleksej Shul'ga, Ph.D.s. r.
Igor' Doronin, Ph.D.r.
Yuri Khodarovich, Ph.D.r.
Elena Shramova, Ph.D.r.
Ekaterina Souslova, Ph.D.r.
Olga Shilovaj. r.
Ivan Zelepukinj. r.
Alexey YaremenkoPhD
Yaroslav Belyaevt. q. - lab. as.
Olga Gryaznovat. q. - lab. as.
Ilya Ivanovt. q. - lab. as.
Tamara Luk'yanovak. eng.
Elena Konovalovasen.
Yaroslav Moiseevsen.
Anna Sogomonyansen.
Anastasiya Baryshnikovaeng.
Mariya Belovaeng.
Antonina Dunina-Barkovskayaeng.
Elena Mewerjakova,
Dar'ya Rahmaninovaeng.
Mariya Shilovaeng.

Former members:

Kristina Mironova, Ph.D.r.
Oleg Stremovskijr.
Taras Balandinj. r. f.
German Kagarlitskiyj. r.
Irina Kholodenkoj. r. f.
Sergej Lukashj. r. f.
Galina Semenovaj. r. f.
Evgeniya Sokolovasen. eng.
Dmitrij Karpenkores. eng.
Ol'ga Korol'chukres.
Tatiana Zdobnova,

All publications (show selected)


Sergey Deyev

Gold nanostructures for biomedical applications.

A biosensor-Fourier transducer based on periodic gold nanostructures was created and studied for the first time, which allows achieving ultrahigh sensitivity of the analysis of compounds (10-15 g/ml) in biological matrix. The developed methodology will allow solving the problems of highly sensitive analysis of target compounds in complex matrices, including hormones and other bioregulators acting in very low concentrations (doping control), highly toxic substances (biotoxins), pathogens (for biosafety problems, antibioterrorism protection). For the first time in the world, gold nanorods coated with a tumor-specific addressing module DARPin were obtained, which find tumor cells of a corresponding molecular profile and suppress their growth when irradiated with infrared light in the “Biotissue Transparency Window” (IC50 3.4 nM).


  1. Proshkina G, Deyev S, Ryabova A, Tavanti F, Menziani MC, Cohen R, Katrivas L, Kotlyar A (2019). DARPin_9-29-Targeted Mini Gold Nanorods Specifically Eliminate HER2-Overexpressing Cancer Cells. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 11 (38), 34645–34651
  2. Kabashin AV, Kravets VG, Wu F, Imaizumi S, Shipunova VO, Deyev SM, Grigorenko AN (2019). Phase-Responsive Fourier Nanotransducers for Probing 2D Materials and Functional Interfaces. Adv Funct Mater 29 (26),

Radioactive (90Y) upconversion nanoparticles conjugated with recombinant targeted toxin for synergistic nanotheranostics of cancer

In collaboration with Group of oncanotechnology

We report combined therapy using upconversion nanoparticles (UCNP) coupled to two therapeutic agents: beta-emitting radionuclide yttrium-90 (90Y) fractionally substituting yttrium in UCNP, and a fragment of the exotoxin A derived from Pseudomonas aeruginosa genetically fused with a targeting designed ankyrin repeat protein (DARPin) specific to HER2 receptors. The resultant hybrid complex UCNP-R-T was tested using human breast adenocarcinoma cells SK-BR-3 overexpressing HER2 receptors and immunodeficient mice, bearing HER2-positive xenograft tumors. The photophysical properties of UCNPs enabled background-free imaging of the UCNP-R-T distribution in cells and animals. Specific binding and uptake of UCNP complexes in SK-BR-3 cells was observed,with separate 90Y- and PE40-induced cytotoxic effects characterized by IC50 140 μg/mL (UCNP-R) and 5.2 μg/mL (UCNP-T), respectively. When both therapeutic agents were combined into UCNP-R-T, the synergetic effect increased markedly, ∼2200-fold, resulting in IC50 = 0.0024 μg/mL. The combined therapy with UCNP-R-T was demonstrated in vivo. PNAS USA, 2018. In colaboration with Lobachevsky University.


  1. Shilova ON, Shilov ES, Lieber A, Deyev SM (2018). Disassembling a cancer puzzle: Cell junctions and plasma membrane as targets for anticancer therapy. J Control Release 286, 125–136
  2. Guryev EL, Volodina NO, Shilyagina NY, Gudkov SV, Balalaeva IV, Volovetskiy AB, Lyubeshkin AV, Sen AV, Ermilov SA, Vodeneev VA, Petrov RV, Zvyagin AV, Alferov ZI, Deyev SM (2018). Radioactive (90Y) upconversion nanoparticles conjugated with recombinant targeted toxin for synergistic nanotheranostics of cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 115 (39), 9690–9695
  3. Sokolova EA, Vodeneev VA, Deyev SM, Balalaeva IV (2018). 3D in vitro models of tumors expressing EGFR family receptors: a potent tool for studying receptor biology and targeted drug development. Drug Discov Today 24 (1), 99–111
  4. Shipunova VO, Zelepukin IV, Stremovskiy OA, Nikitin MP, Care A, Sunna A, Zvyagin AV, Deyev SM (2018). Versatile Platform for Nanoparticle Surface Bioengineering Based on SiO2-Binding Peptide and Proteinaceous Barnase, Barstar Interface. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 10 (20), 17437–17447

Plasmonic gold nanoparticles for photothermal therapy of cancer

The new agents for tumor theranostics with different mechanisms of action were constructed on the base of hybrid nanoparticles. The 5 nm gold nanoparticles conjugated with designed ankyrin repeat protein (DARPin), which specifically targets human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER 2), are of the utmost interest.  The high stability under physiological conditions and high a ffinity to the receptors overexpressed by cancer cells make conjugates of plasmonic gold nanostructures with DARPin molecules promising candidates for cancer photothermal therapy. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project no.14-2400106). 


  1. Deyev S, Proshkina G, Ryabova A, Tavanti F, Menziani MC, Eidelshtein G, Avishai G, Kotlyar A (2017). Synthesis, Characterization, and Selective Delivery of DARPin-Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates to Cancer Cells. Bioconjug Chem 28 (10), 2569–2574
  2. Mironova KE, Khochenkov DA, Generalova AN, Rocheva VV, Sholina NV, Nechaev AV, Semchishen VA, Deyev SM, Zvyagin AV, Khaydukov EV (2017). Ultraviolet phototoxicity of upconversion nanoparticles illuminated with near-infrared light. Nanoscale 9 (39), 14921–14928
  3. Semenova G, Stepanova DS, Dubyk C, Handorf E, Deyev SM, Lazar AJ, Chernoff J (2017). Targeting group i p21-activated kinases to control malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor growth and metastasis. Oncogene 36 (38), 5421–5431
  4. Sokolova E, Guryev E, Yudintsev A, Vodeneev V, Deyev S, Balalaeva I (2017). HER2-specific recombinant immunotoxin 4D5scFv-PE40 passes through retrograde trafficking route and forces cells to enter apoptosis. Oncotarget 8 (13), 22048–22058
  5. Liang L, Lu Y, Zhang R, Care A, Ortega TA, Deyev SM, Qian Y, Zvyagin AV (2017). Deep-penetrating photodynamic therapy with KillerRed mediated by upconversion nanoparticles. Acta Biomater 51, 461–470