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Haitao Li

Haitao Li   PhD, Professor

 

Employment and Education

1993-1997        Department of Microbiology, Shandong University      BSc

1997-2003        Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences     PhD

2003-2010        Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center     Research Fellow (10/2003),

Research Associate (8/2005), and Senior Research Scientist (11/2006)

2010-2016    School of Medicine, Tsinghua University     Associate Professor

2016-present         School of Medicine, Tsinghua University     Professor

 

Research Interests:

My research is directed toward a molecular understanding of epigenetic regulation - the way our genetic information is organized and decoded at the chromosomal level. Epigenetic mechanisms include chemical modifications to histones or DNA/RNA, histone variants, chromatin remodeling, and non-coding RNAs. Epigenetics plays a key role in many biological processes, ranging from gene regulation to cell fate decision.  Meanwhile, growing evidence shows that epigenetic dysregulation can give rise to diverse human diseases, notably cancer. We mainly apply structural biology approaches blended with other biochemical, chemical biological, and cell biological techniques to study key molecular recognition and catalysis events involved in epigenetic regulation. Other endeavors in the lab include structure-guided molecular engineering of epigenetic regulators and structure-based epigenetic drug discovery.

 

Keywords:

Epigenetics, Gene regulation, Structural Biology, Cancer, Drug Discovery

 

Honors and Awards:

Ø  2017 NSF Distinguished Young Scholars of China

Ø  2016 The 15th Outstanding Mentor Award, Tsinghua University

Ø  2016 MOE Chang Jiang Scholars Program Young Scholar

Ø  2015 The 9th Annual Wuxi PharmaTech Life Science and Chemistry Awards

Ø  2015 HFSP Young Investigators Grant Award

Ø  2014 The 17th Mao Yi-sheng Science and Technology Award for Beijing Youth

Ø  2014 Annual Advanced Worker, Tsinghua University

Ø  2013 Young Scholar of Distinction of Tsinghua University

Ø  2012 MOE New Century Excellent Talents in University

 

Selected Publications (*correspondence):

Research Articles

1.       Mi W, Guan H, Lyu J, Zhao D, Xi Y, Jiang S, Andrews FH, Wang X, Gagea M, Wen H, Tora L, Dent SYR, Kutateladze TG, Li W*, Li H*, and Shi X* (2017) YEATS2 links histone acetylation to tumorigenesis of non-small cell lung cancer. Nat Commun 8:1088

2.       Li Z, Zhao D, Xiang B, and Li H* (2017) Structural and biochemical characterization of DAXX-ATRX interaction. Protein Cell  8: 762-766

3.       Zhao S, Yang M, Zhou W, Zhang B, Cheng Z, Huang J. Zhang M, Wang Z, Wang R, Chen Z, Zhu J*, and Li H* (2017) Kinetic and high-throughput profiling of epigenetic interactions by 3D-carbene chip-based surface plasmon resonance imaging technology. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114: E7245-E7254

4.       Bae N, Viviano M, Su X, Lyu J, Cheng D, Sagum C, Castellano S, Bai X, Johnson C, Khalil ML, Shen J, Chen K, Li H*, Sbardella G*, and Bedford MT* (2017) Developing Spindlin1 small molecule inhibitors using protein microarrays. Nat Chem Biol 13:750-756

5.       Wan L, Wen H, Li Y, Lvu J, Xi Y, Hoshii T, Joseph J, Wang X, Loh Y, Erb MA, Souza AL, Bradner JE, Shen L, Li W, Li H#, Allis CD#*, Armstrong SA#*, and Shi X#* (2017) ENL links histone acetylation to oncogenic gene expression in AML. Nature 543, 265-269 ( #co-senior author)

6.       Xiong X, Panchenko T, Yang S, Zhao S, Yan P, Zhang W, Xie W, Li Y, Zhao Y, Allis CD, and Li H* (2016) Selective recognition of histone crotonylation by double PHD fingers of MOZ and DPF2. Nat Chem Biol 12:1111-1118

7.       Yang S, Zheng X, Lu C, Li G-M, Allis CD, and Li H* (2016) Molecular basis for oncohistone H3 recognition by SETD2 methyltransferase. Genes Dev 30:1611-1616

8.       Li N, Li Y, Chen K, Zheng X, Shen H, Wen H, Chen T. Dhar SS, Kan P, Zhu G, Wang Z, Shi X, Lan F, Li W*, Li H* and Lee MG* (2016) ZMYND8 complexes with JARID1D to read a poised histone H3K4me1-H3K14ac signature for metastasis-linked gene repression. Mol Cell 63:470-484

9.       Zheng X, Ramani A, Soni K, Gottardo M, Zheng S, Ming Gooi L, Li W, Feng S, Mariappan A, Wason A, Wildlund P, Pozniakovaky A, Poser I, Deng H, Ou G, Riparbelli MG, Callaini G, Sattler M, Hyman A, Gopalakrishnan J*, Li H* (2016) Molecular basis for CPAP-tubulin interaction in controlling centriolar and ciliary length. Nat Commun 7:11874

10.   Zhang X, Zhao D, Xiong X, He Z, and Li H* (2016) Multifaceted histone H3 methylation and phosphorylation readout by the plant homeodomain (PHD) finger of human nuclear antigen Sp100C. J Biol Chem 291:12786-12798

11.   Zhao D, Guan H, Zhao S, Mi W, Wen H, Li Y, Zhao Y, Allis CD, Shi X*, and Li H* (2016) YEATS2 is a selective histone crotonylation reader. Cell Research 26:629–632

12.   Li Y, Sabari BR, Panchenko T, Wen H, Zhao D, Guan H, Wan L, Tang Z, Zhao Y, Roeder R. Shi X, Allis CD*, and Li H* (2016) Molecular coupling of histone crotonylation and active transcription by AF9 YEATS domain. Mol Cell 62:181-193

13.   Zhao D, Zhang X, Guan H, Xiong X, Shi Xi, Deng H, and Li H* (2016) The BAH domain of BAHD1 is a histone H3K27me3 reader. Protein Cell  7: 222-226

14.   Wu R, Yue Y, Zheng X, and Li H* (2015) Molecular basis for histone N-terminal methylation by NRMT1. Genes Dev 29:2337-2342

15.   Kamps J, Huang J, Poater J, Xu C, Pieters B, Dong A, Min J, Sherman W, Beuming T, Bickelhaupt FM, Li H, and Mecinovic J* (2015) Chemical basis for the recognition of trimethyllysine by epigenetic reader proteins. Nat Commun 6: 8911

16.   Noh K, Wang H, Kim HR, Wenderski W, Fang F, Li CH, Dewell S, Hughes SH, Melnick AM, Patel DJ, Li H*, and Allis CD* (2015) Engineering of a histone-recognition domain in Dntm3a alters the epigenetic landscape and phenotypic features of mouse ESCs. Mol Cell 59:89-103

17.   Noh K, Maze I, Zhao D, Xiang B, Wenderski W, Lewis PW, Shen L, Li H* and Allis CD* (2015) ATRX tolerates activity-dependent histone H3 "methyl/phos switching" to maintain repetitive element silencing in neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(22): 6820-6827

18.   Li Y, Wen H, Xi Y, Tanaka K, Wang H, Peng D, Ren Y, Jin Q, Dent SYR, Li W, Li H*, and Shi X* (2014) AF9 YEATS domain links histone acetylation to DOT1L-mediated H3K79 methylation. Cell 159:558-571

19.   Wen H*, Li, Y, Xi Y, Jiang S, Stratton S, Peng D, Tanaka K, Ren Y, Xia Z, Wu J, Li B, Barton MC, Li W*, Li H*, and Shi X* (2014) ZMYND11 links histone H3.3K36me3 to transcription elongation and tumour suppression. Nature 507, 263-268

20.   Su X, Zhu G, Ding X, Lee SY, Dou Y, Zhu B, Wu W*, and Li H* (2014) Molecular basis underlying histone H3 lysine-arginine methylation patter readout by Spin/Ssty repeats of Spindlin1. Genes Dev 28:622-636

21.   Zheng X, Gooi, LM, Wason A, Gabriel E, Mehrjardi NZ, Yang Q, Zhang X, Debec A, Basiri M, Avidor-Reiss T, Pozniakovsky A, Poser I, Saric T, Hyman AA, Li H* and Gopalakrishnan J* (2014) The conserved TCP domain of Sas-4/CPAP is essential for Peri-centriolar material tethering during centrosome biogenesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111: E345-E363

22.   Iwase S, Xiang B, Ghosh S, Ren T, Lewis PW, Cochrane JC, Allis CD, Picketts DJ, Patel DJ*, Li H*, Shi Y* (2011) ATRX links atypical histone methylation recognition mechanisms to human mental retardation syndrome. Nat Struct Mol Biol 18: 769-776

23.   Ruthenburg AJ, Li H, Milne T, Dou Y, McGinty RK, Yuen M, Muir TW, Patel DJ and Allis CD (2011) Recognition of a Mononucleosomal Histone Modification Pattern by BPTF via Multivalent Interactions. Cell 145: 692-706

24.   Xiao A, Li H, Shechter D, Ahn SH, Fabrizio LA, Erdjument-Bromage H, Ishibe-Murakami S, Wang B, Tempst P, Hofmann K, Patel DJ, Elledge SJ and Allis CD. (2009) WSTF regulates the DNA damage response of H2A.X via a novel tyrosine kinase activity. Nature 457, 57-62

25.   Li H#, Motamedi MR#, Yip CK, Wang Z, Walz T, Patel DJ and Moazed D (2009) An alpha motif at Tas3 C terminus mediates RITS cis-spreading and promotes heterochromatic gene silencing. Mol Cell 34(2), 155-167 (#equal contribution)

26.   Li H, Fischle W, Wang W, Duncan EM, Liang L, Murakami-Ishibe S, Allis CD, and Patel DJ (2007) Structural basis for lower lysine methylation state-specific readout by MBT repeats of L3MBTL1 and an engineered PHD finger. Mol Cell 28, 677-691

27.   Li H, Ilin S, Wang W, Duncan EM, Wysocka J, Allis, CD, and Patel DJ (2006) Molecular basis for site-specific readout of histone H3K4 trimethylation by the BPTF PHD finger of NURF. Nature 442, 91-95

Invited Reviews & Book Chapters

1.       Zhao D, Li Y, Xiong X, Chen Z, and Li H* (2017) YEATS domain - a histone acylation reader in health and disease. J Mol Biol, 429:1994-2002

2.       Li Y, Zhao D, Chen Z, and Li H* (2017) YEATS domain: Linking histone crotonylation to gene regulation. Transcription, 8, 9-14

3.       Noh K, Allis CD*, and Li H* (2016) Reading between the lines: “ADD”-ing histone and DNA methylation marks towards a new epigenetic “sum”. ACS Chem Biol 11:554-563

4.       Zhao S and Li H* (2015) Crystallography-based mechanistic insights into epigenetic regulation. Elsevier Publisher- Y. G. Zheng (ed.) Epigenetic Technological Applications:125-147

5.       Li H*, Zhao S, and Patel DJ (2015) Histone recognition by tandem modules and modulation by multiple PTMs. Springer Books - Life Sciences and Biomedicine, M.-M. Zhou (ed.) Histone Recognition:149-172

6.       Zhao S, Su X, Li Y, and Li H* (2015) Research advances in the mechanism of histone methylation recognition by reader modules. Science & Technology Review, 33(8): 94-100  

7.       Wee S, Dhanak D, Li H, Armstrong SA, Copeland RA, Sims R, Goodman VL, Baylin SB, Liu XS, Tarakhovsky A, and Schweizer L* (2014) Targeting epigenetic regulators for cancer therapy. Ann NY Acad Sci 1309:30-36

8.       Li Y and Li H* (2012) Many keys to push: diversifying the ‘readership’ of plant homeodomain fingers. Acta Biochim Biophys Sin 44 (1): 28-39

9.       Li H#, Taverna SD#, Ruthenburg AJ#, Patel DJ, and Allis CD (2007) Readout of chromatin marks by histone-binding modules. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 8(12) (#equal contribution) (http://www.nature.com/nrm/posters/histonemarks/histonemarks.pdf)

10.   Ruthenburg AJ, Li H, Patel DJ, and Allis CD (2007) Multivalent engagement of chromatin modifications by linked binding modules. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 8(12):983-994

11.   Taverna SD*#, Li H*#, Ruthenburg AJ, Allis CD, and Patel DJ* (2007) How chromatin-binding modules interpret histone modifications: lessons from professional pocket pickers. Nat Struct Mol Biol 14(11):1025-1040  (#equal contribution & *correspondence)

 

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