Petrova Maya Aleksandrovna | Institute of Molecular Genetics

Petrova Maya Aleksandrovna

Academic degree:
Doctor of Biological Sciences

Academic title:
without academic rank

Division of IMG:
Sector of analysis and storage of microorganisms

Head of Sector



Main research interests

The main area of work is the study of horizontal gene transfer in environmental gram-negative bacteria. The principal objects of study are different classes of mobile elements involved in the dissemination of genes of resistance to heavy metals and antibiotics. The results were published in 31 publications.
From 2017 participates in the work of the Laboratory of RNA biology and epigenetics in their research of RNA interference in bacteria and its key players: proteins from the family of the Argonauts. The main focus of work in this research are the studies of the role of proteins-Argonauts of various types in the suppression of the activity of mobile genetic elements (transposons, IS-elements, plasmids and phages) and other possible protective functions of different types of bacterial RNA-interference systems.


  1. Bogdanova E.S., Bass I.A., Minakhin L.S., Petrova M.A., Mindlin S.Z., Volodin A., Kalyaeva E.S., Tiedje J.M., Hobman J.L., Brown N.L., and Nikiforov V.G. 1998. Horizontal spread of mer operons among Gram-positive bacteria in natural environments. Microbiology, 144:609-620.
  2. Mindlin S., Kholodii G., Gorlenko Zh., Minakhina S., Minakhin L., Kalayeva E., Kopteva A., Petrova M., Yurieva O., Nikiforov V. 2001. Mercury resistance transposons of Gram-negative environmental bacteria and their classification. Res. Microbiol., 152: 811-822.
  3. Kholodii G., Mindlin S., Petrova M., Minakhina S. 2003. Tn5060 from the Siberian permafrost is most closely related to the ancestor of Tn21 prior to integron acquisition. FEMS Microbiol Lett., 226: 251-255.
  4. Kholodii G., Mindlin S., Gorlenko Zh., Petrova M.,  Hobman J. and Nikiforov V. 2004. Translocation of transposition-deficient (TndPKLH2-like) transposons in the natural environment: mechanistic insights from the study of adjacent DNA sequences. Microbiology, 150: 979-992.
  5. Gorlenko Zh.M., Kaliaeva E.S., Bass I.A., Petrova M.A., Mindlin S.Z. 2004. Distribution of transposons Tn5044 and Tn5070 with unusual mer operons in environmental bacterial populations. Genetika, 40: 1717-1721. In Russian.
  6. Mindlin S., Minakhin L., Petrova M., Kholodii G., Minakhina S., Gorlenko Zh., Nikiforov V. 2005. Present-day mercury resistance transposons are common in bacteria preserved in permafrost grounds since the Upper Pleistocene. Research in Microbiology, 156: 994-1004.
  7. Mindlin S.Z., Petrova M.A., Bass I.A., Gorlenko Zh.M. 2006. Origin, evolution, and migration of drug resistance genes. Genetika, 42: 1495-1511. Review. In Russian.
  8. Petrova M.A., Gorlenko Zh.M., Soina V.S., Mindlin S.Z. 2008. Association of the strA-strB genes with plasmids and transposons in the present-day bacteria and in bacterial strains from permafrost. Genetika, 44: 1281-6. In Russian.
  9. Petrova M., Gorlenko Zh., Mindlin S. 2009. Molecular structure and translocation of a multiple antibiotic resistance region of a Psychrobacter psychrophilus permafrost strain. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 296: 190-197.
  10. Petrova M., Gorlenko Zh., Mindlin S. 2011. Tn5045, a novel integron-containing antibiotic and chromate resistance transposon isolated from a permafrost bacterium. Res Microbiol., 162: 337-345.
  11. Petrova M.A., Gorlenko Zh.M., Scherbatova N.A., Mindlin S.Z. 2012. ISPpy1, a novel mobile element of the ancient Psychrobacter maritimus permafrost strain: translocations in Escherichia coli K-12 cells and formation of composite transposons. Genetika, 48: 324-332. In Russian.
  12. Mayya Petrova, Natalya Shcherbatova, Zhosephine Gorlenko, Sofia Mindlin. 2013. A new subgroup of the IS3 family and properties of its representative member ISPpy1. Microbiology, 159: 1900-1910.
  13. Mayya Petrova, Natalya Shcherbatova, Anton Kurakov, Sofia Mindlin. 2014. Genomic characterization and integrative properties of phiSMA6 and phiSMA7, two novel filamentous bacteriophages of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. Arch Virol., 159: 1293-1303.
  14. Mayya Petrova, Anton Kurakov, Natalya Shcherbatova, Sofia Mindlin. 2014. Genetic structure and biological properties of the first ancient multiresistance plasmid pKLH80 isolated from a permafrost bacterium. Microbiology, 160: 2253-2263.
  15. Anton Kurakov, Sofia Mindlin, Alexey Beletsky, Natalya Shcherbatova, Andrey Rakitin, Aleksandra Ermakova, Andrey Mardanov, Mayya Petrova. 2016. The ancient small mobilizable plasmid pALWED1.8 harboring a new variant of the non-cassette streptomycin/spectinomycin resistance gene aadA27. Plasmid 84-85:36-43. 
  16. Sofia Mindlin, Anatoliy Petrenko, Anton Kurakov, Alexey Beletsky, Andrey Mardanov, Mayya Petrova. 2016. Resistance of Permafrost and Modern Acinetobacter lwoffii Strains to Heavy Metals and Arsenic Revealed by Genome Analysis. BioMed Research International, 2016:3970831.

Monographs and chapters in monographs:

  1. Sofia Mindlin,  Mayya Petrova, Zhosefine Gorlenko, Vera Soina, Natalia Khachikian, Ekaterina Karaevskaya. Multidrug-resistant bacteria in permafrost: isolation, biodiversity, phenotypic and genotypic analysis. In New permafrost and glacier research, Hauppauge, NY, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. , 2009, 89-105.
  2. S. Mindlin, M. Petrova, Zh. Gorlenko. Molecular structure of a chromate resistance determinant of Pseudomonas sp. Tik3 and its expression in different Proteobacteria strains. In Proteobacteria: phylogeny, metabolic diversity and ecological effects, Hauppauge, NY, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2011, 128-138.
  3. Sofia Mindlin and  Mayya Petrova. Mercury resistance transposons. In: Bacterial Integrative Mobile Genetic Elements. Landes Bioscience, 2013, 33-52.