The Wang group solved the CryoEM structure of Pol II-Rad 26 complex and elucidated the structural basis of initiation of eukaryotic transcription-coupled DNA repair.
The Wang group solved the crystal structure of Pol II in complex with 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) and revealed how Poll II recognizes subtle changes in DNA sequence and structure.
Using an acyclic synthetic RNA analogue, the Wang group demonstrated that the contribution of the intact nucleotide sugar backbone to the enzymatic efficiency and transcriptional fidelity of RNA polymerase II is significantly stronger than that of the other functional groups of the nucleotide.
The Wang group designed and constructed a chemical probe, consisting of an aldehyde-targeting group and an intercalation group, that can selectively react with 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and inhibit base excision by thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG) and cause significant pausing for both DNA and RNA polymerase elongation.
The Wang group presented the first systematic mechanistic investigation that addresses how a site-specific phenanthriplatin-DNA d(G) monofunctional adduct affects the Pol II elongation and transcriptional fidelity checkpoint steps.
The Wang group reported a systematic study of the effects of five different forms of cytosine in DNA on mammalian and yeast RNA polymerase II transcription.
Using a series of "hydrogen bond deficient" nucleoside analogues, the Wang group provided the first systematic evaluation of electrostatic and steric effects in controlling RNA polymerase II transcriptional fidelity.
The Wang group reported the structure of a transcribing RNA polymerase II (Pol II) complex stalled at a site-specific monofunctional pyriplatin-DNA adduct in the active site.


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68. Oh, J., Jia, T., Xu, J., Chong, J., Dervan, P.B.* & Wang, D.* (2022) RNA polymerase II trapped on a molecular treadmill: structural basis of persistent transcriptional arrest by a minor groove DNA binder. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 119 (3), e2114065119.


67. Yan, C., Dodd, T., Yu, J., Leung, B., Xu, J., Oh, J., Wang, D.* & Ivanov, I. * (2021) Mechanism of Rad26-assisted rescue of stalled RNA polymerase II in transcription-coupled repair. Nat. Commun. 12:7001.

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65. Xu, J., Chong, J. & Wang, D.* (2021) Strand-specific effect of Rad26 and TFIIS in rescuing transcriptional arrest by CAG trinucleotide repeat slip-outs. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkab573.

64. Oh, J., Shin, J., Unarta, I.C., Wang, W., Feldman, A.W., Karadeema, R.J., Xu, L., Xu, J., Chong, J., Krishnamurthy, R., Huang, X., Romesberg, F.E. & Wang, D.* (2021) Transcriptional processing of an unnatural base pair by eukaryotic RNA polymerase II. Nat. Chem. Biol. doi: 10.1038/s41589-021-00817-3.
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62. Xu, J., Chong, J. & Wang, D.* (2021) Opposite roles of transcription elongation factors Spt4/5 and Elf1 on RNA polymerase II transcription through B-form versus non-B DNA structures. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkab240.

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59. Oh, J., Xu, J.,, Chong, J. & Wang, D.* (2021) Molecular Basis of Transcriptional Pausing, Stalling, and Transcription-coupled Repair Initiation. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. Gene Regul. Mech. 1864(1):194659.

58. Milanovic, M., Sprinzen, L., Lee, J.H., Yamamoto, K., Li, Y., Lee, B.J., Xu, J., Estes, V.E., Wang, D., Mckinnon, P.J., Paull, T. & Zha, S. (2021) The Cancer-Associated ATM R3008H Mutation Reveals the Link between ATM activation and Its Exchange. Cancer Res. 81(2): 426-437.


57. Wang, D.* (2020) Using Genetics to Reveal Protein Structure. Science. 370(6522): 1269-1270.

56. Xu, J., Wang, W., Xu, L., Chen, J.Y., Chong, J., Oh, J., Leschziner, A.E., Fu, X.D. & Wang, D.* (2020) Cockayne Syndrome B Protein Acts as an ATP-Dependent Processivity Factor that Helps RNA Polymerase II Overcome Nucleosome Barriers. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2013379117.

55. Wang, D.* (2020) A Panorama of Transcription-Coupled Repair in Yeast Chromatin. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. doi:10.1073/pnas.2014392117.

54. Oh., J., Fleming, A.M., Xu, J., Chong, J., Burrows, C.J. & Wang, D.* (2020) RNA Polymerase II Stalls on Oxidative DNA Damage via a "Torsion-Latch" Mechanism Involving Lone Pair-Pi and CH-Pi Interactions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 117(17): 9338-9348. PMCID: PMC7196775.

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51.  Konovalov, K.A., Pardo-Avila, F., Tse, C.K.M., Oh, J., Wang, D.* & Huang,  X.* (2019) 8-oxo-Guanine DNA Damage Induces Transcription Errors By Escaping Two Distinct Fidelity Control Checkpoints of RNA Polymerase II.  J. Biol. Chem. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.007333.

50.  Wang, W., Xu, J., Limbo, O., Fei, J., Kassavetis, G.A., Chong, J., Kadonaga, J.T., Russell, P., Li, B. & Wang, D.* (2019) Molecular Basis of Chromatin Remodeling By Rhp26, A Yeast CSB Ortholog. Proc. Natl., Acad. Sci. USA. 116(13):6120-6129.

49.  Tse, C.K.M., Xu, J., Xu, L., Sheong, F.K., Wang, S., Chow, H.Y., Gao, X., Li, X., Cheung, P.P.*, Wang, D.*, Zhang, Y.* & Huang, X.* (2019) Intrinsic Cleavage of RNA Polymerase II Adopts a Nucleobase-Independent Mechanism Assisted By Transcript Phosphate. Nat. Catal. 2:228-235.

48.  Oh, J., Xu, J., Chong, J. & Wang, D.* (2019) Structural and Biochemical Analysis of DNA Lesion-Induced RNA Polymerase II Arrest. Methods. doi: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2019.02.019. (Invited Review)


47.  Wang, W., Xu, J., Chong, J. & Wang, D.* (2018) Structural Basis of DNA Lesion Recognition for Eukaryotic Transcription-Coupled Nucleotide Excision Repair. DNA Repair. 71(2018):43-55. (Invited Review)

46.  Sanz-Murillo, M., Xu, J., Belogurov, G.A., Calvo, O., Gil-Carton, D., Moreno-Morcillo, M., Wang, D. & Fernández-Tornero, C. (2018) Structural Basis of RNA Polymerase I Stalling At UV Light-Induced DNA Damage. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 115(36):8972-8977.
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45.  Wang, W., Walmacq, C., Chong, J., Kashlev, M.* & Wang, D.* (2018) Structural Basis of Transcriptional Stalling and Bypass of Abasic DNA Lesion By RNA Polymerase II. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 115(11):E2538-E2545.

44.  Local, A., Huang, H., Albuquerque, C.P., Singh, N., Lee, A.Y., Wang, W., Wang, C., Hsia, J.E., Shiau, A.K., Ge, K., Corbett, K.D., Wang, D., Zhou, H. & Ren, B. (2018) Identification of H3K4me1-Associated Proteins At Mammalian Enhancers. Nat. Genet. 50(1):73-82.


43.  Xu, J., Lahiri, I., Wang, W., Wier, A., Cianfrocco, M.A., Chong, J., Hare, A.A., Dervan, P.B., DiMaio, F., Leschziner, A.E.* & Wang, D.* (2017) Structural Basis for the Initiation of Eukaryotic Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair. Nature. 551:653-657.
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42.  Wang, W., Xu, L., Hu, L., Chong, J., He, C. & Wang, D.* (2017) Epigenetic DNA Modification N6-Methyladenine Causes Site-Specific RNA Polymerase II Transcriptional Pausing. J. Am. Chem. Soc.139(41):14436-14442.

41.  Xu, L., Wang, W., Wu, J., Shin, J.H., Wang, P., Unarta, I.C., Chong, J., Wang, Y.* & Wang, D.* (2017) Mechanism of DNA Alkylation-Induced Transcriptional Stalling, Lesion Bypass, and Mutagenesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114(34):E7082-E7091.

40.  Cui, M., Feng, H., Guo, D., Wang, D. & Zheng, B.* (2017) A Droplet-Based Microfluidic Platform for Measuring Both Rapid and Slow Kinetics. Sensor. Actuat. B-Chem. 253:731-737.

39.  Shin, J.H., Xu, L. & Wang, D.* (2017) Mechanism of Transcription-Coupled DNA Modification Recognition. Cell Biosci. 7:9. (Invited Review)


38.  Xu, L., Wang, W., Gotte, D., Yang, F., Hare, A.A., Welch, T.R., Li, B.C., Shin, J.H., Chong, J., Strathern, J.N.*, Dervan, P.B.* & Wang, D.* (2016) RNA Polymerase II Senses Obstruction in the DNA Minor Groove Via a Conserved Sensor Motif. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113(44):12426-12431.

37.  Yamamoto, K., Wang, J., Sprinzen, L., Xu, J., Haddock, C.J., Li, C., Lee, B.J., Loredan, D.G., Jiang, W., Vindigni, A., Wang, D., Rabadan, R. & Zha, S.* (2016) Kinase-Dead ATM Protein Is Highly Oncogenic and Can Be Preferentially Targeted By Topo-Isomerase I Inhibitor. eLife. doi:10.7554/eLife.14709.

36.  Hwang, C.S., Xu, L., Wang, W., Ulrich, S., Zhang, L., Chong, J., Shin, J.H., Huang, X., Kool, E.T., McKenna, C.E.* & Wang, D.* (2016) Functional Interplay Between NTP Leaving Group and Base Pair Recognition During RNA Polymerase II Nucleotide Incorporation Revealed By Methylene Substitution. Nucleic Acids Res. 44(8):3820-8.

35.  Shin, J.H., Xu, L. & Wang, D.* (2016) RNA Polymerase II Acts as a Selective Sensor for DNA Lesions and Endogenous DNA Modifications. Transcription. 7(3):57-62. (Invited Review)

34.  Zhang, L., Pardo-Avila, F., Unarta, I.C., Cheung, P.P., Wang, G., Wang, D. & Huang, X.* (2016) Elucidation of the Dynamics of Transcription Elongation for RNA Polymerase II Using Kinetic Network Models. Acc. Chem. Res. 49(4):687-94. (Invited Review)

33. Da, L.T., Pardo-Avila, F., Xu, L., Silva, D.A., Zhang, L., Gao, X., Wang, D.* & Huang, X.* (2016) Bridge Helix Bending Promotes RNA Polymerase II Backtracking Through a Critical and Conserved Threonine Residue. Nat. Commun. 7:11244.


32.  Xu, L., Wang, W., Chong, J., Shin, J.H., Xu, J. & Wang, D.* (2015) RNA Polymerase II Transcriptional Fidelity Control and Its Functional Interplay with DNA Modifications. Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 50(6):503-19. (Invited Review)

31.  Zhang, L., Silva, D.A., Pardo-Avila, F., Wang, D. & Huang, X.* (2015) Structural Model of RNA Polymerase II Elongation Complex with Complete Transcription Bubble Reveals NTP Entry Routes. PLoS Comput. Biol. 11(7):e1004354.

30.  Wang, L., Zhou, Y., Xu, L., Xiao, R., Lu, X., Chen, L., Chong, J., Li, H., He, C., Fu, X-D.* & Wang, D.* (2015) Molecular Basis for 5-Carboxycytosine Recognition By RNA Polymerase II Elongation complex. Nature. 523(7562):621-25.

29.  Xu, L., Wang, W., Zhang, L., Chong, J., Huang, X. & Wang, D.* (2015) Impacts of Template Backbone Heterogeneity on RNA Polymerase II Transcription. Nucleic Acids Res. 43(4):2232-41.

28.  Walmacq, C., Wang, L., Chong, J., Scibelli, K., Lubkowska, L., Gnatt, A., Brooks, P.J., Wang, D.* & Kashlev, M.* (2015) Mechanism of RNA Polymerase II Bypass of Oxidative Cyclopurine DNA Lesions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112(5):E410-9.


27.  Wang, L., Limbo, O., Fei, J., Chen, L., Kim, B., Luo, J., Chong, J., Conaway, R.C., Conaway, J.W., Ranish, J.A., Kadonaga, J.T., Rusell, P. & Wang, D.* (2014) Regulation of the Rhp26ERCC6/CSB Chromatin Remodeler By a Novel Conserved Leucine Latch Motif. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111(52):18566-71.

26.  Xu, L., Chen, Y.-C., Chong, J., Fin, A., McCoy, L.S., Xu, J., Zhang, C. & Wang, D.* (2014) Pyrene-Based Quantitative Detection of the 5-Formylcytosine Loci Symmetry in the CpG Duplex Content During TET-Dependent Demethylation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 53(42):11223-7. 

25.  Xu, L., Zhang, L., Chong, J., Xu, J., Huang, X. & Wang, D.* (2014) Strand-Specific (Asymmetric) Contribution of Phosphodiester Linkages on RNA Polymerase II Transcriptional Efficiency and Fidelity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111(32):E3269-76.

24.  Silva, D.A., Weiss, D., Pardo-Avila, F., Da, L.T., Levitt, M., Wang, D.*, & Huang, X.* (2014) Millisecond Dynamics of RNA Polymerase II Translocation at Atomic Resolution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 111(21):7665-70.

23.  Eun, C.*, Ortiz-Sánchez, J.M., Da, L., Wang, D.* & McCammon, J.A. (2014) Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Conformational Changes of Transcription Factor TFIIS During RNA Polymerase II Transcriptional Arrest and Reactivation. PLoS One. 9(5):e97975.

22.  Xu, L., Da, L., Plouffe, S.W., Chong, J., Kool, E.* & Wang, D.* (2014) Molecular Basis of Transcriptional Fidelity and DNA Lesion-Induced Transcriptional Mutagensis. DNA Repair (Amst). 19:71-83. (Invited Review)

21.  Xu, L., Butler, K.V., Chong, J., Wengel, J., Kool, E.T. & Wang, D.* (2014) Dissecting the Chemical Interactions and Substrate Structural Signatures Governing RNA Polymerase II Trigger Loop Closure By Synthetic Nucleic Acid Analogues. Nucleic Acids Res. 42(9):5863-70.

20.  Xu, L., Chen, Y-C., Nakajima, S., Chong, J., Wang, L., Lan, L., Zhang, C.* & Wang, D.* (2014) A Chemical Probe Targets DNA 5-Formylcytosine Sites and Inhibits TDG Excision, Polymerases Bypass, and Gene expression. Chem. Sci. 5(2):567-574.


19.  Xu, L., Plouffe, S.W., Chong, J., Wengel, J. & Wang, D.* (2013) A Chemical Perspective on Transcriptional Fidelity: Dominant Contributions of Sugar Integrity Revealed By Unlocked Nucleic Acids. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 52(47):12341-5. (Inside Cover)

18.  Kellinger, M.W., Park, G.Y., Chong, J., Lippard, S.J.* & Wang, D.* (2013) Effect of a Monofunctional Phenanthriplatin-DNA Adduct on RNA Polymerase II Transcriptional Fidelity and Translesion Synthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135(35):13054-61.

17.  Zhang, S. & Wang, D.* (2013) Understanding the Molecular Basis of RNA Polymerase II Transcription. Isr. J. Chem. 53(6-7). (Invited Review)

16.  Da, L.T., Pardo-Avila, F., Wang, D. & Huang, X. (2013) A Two-State Model for the Dynamics of the Pyrophosphate Ion Release in Bacterial RNA Polymerase. PLoS Comput. Biol. 9(4):e1003020.


15.  Kellinger, M.W., Song, C., Chong, J., Lu, X., He, C. & Wang, D.* (2012) 5-Formylcytosine and 5-Carboxylcytosine Reduce the Rate and Substrate Specificity of RNA Polymerase II Transcription. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 19(8):831-3.
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13.  Da, L-T., Wang, D.* & Huang, X.* (2012) Dynamics of Pyrophosphate Ion Release and Its Coupled Trigger Loop Motion from Closed to Open State in RNA Polymerase II. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134(4): 2399-406.
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12.  Huang, X., Wang, D., Weiss, D.R., Bushnell, D.A., Kornberg, R.D. & Levitt, M. (2010) RNA Polymerase II Trigger Loop Residues Stabilize and Position the Incoming Nucleotide Triphosphate in Transcription. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(36):15745-50.
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11.  Wang, D.*, Zhu, G., Huang, X. & Lippard, S.J.* (2010) X-ray Structure and Mechanism of RNA Polymerase II Stalled at an Antineoplastic Monofunctional Platinum-DNA Adduct. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107(21): 9584-9589.
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9.  Wang, D., Bushnell, D.A., Westover, K.D., Huang, X., Levitt, M. & Kornberg, R.D. (2009) Structural Basis of Transcription: Backtracked RNA Polymerase II at 3.4 Å Resolution. Science. 324(5931): 1203-6.
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5. Wang, D. & Lippard, S.J. (2005) Cellular Processing of Platinum Anticancer Drugs. Nat. Rev. Drug Discov. 4(4): 307-20. (Invited Review)

4. Wang, D. & Lippard, S.J. (2004) Cisplatin-induced Post-Translational Modification of Histones H3 and H4. J. Biol. Chem. 279(20): 20622-5. 

3. Wang, D., Hara, R., Singh, G., Sancar, A. & Lippard, S.J. (2003) Nucleotide Excision Repair from Site-Specifically Platinum-Modified Nucleosomes. Biochemistry. 42(22): 6747-53. 

2.  Lee, K.B., Wang, D., Lippard, S.J. & Sharp, P.A. (2002) Transcription-Coupled and DNA Damage-Dependent Ubiquitination of RNA Polymerase II in vitro. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 99(7): 4239-44. 

Undergraduate at PKU

1.  Guan, R. J., Wang, M., Wang, D. & Wang, D.C. (2001) A New Insect Neurotoxin AngP(1) with Analgesic Effect from the Scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch: Purification and Characterization. J. Pept. Res. 58(1): 27-35. (Now known as Chem. Biol. Drug Des.)