WDR82/PNUTS-PP1 prevents transcription-replication conflicts by promoting RNA POLYMERASE II degradation on chromatin

Helga B. Landsverk, Lise E. Sandquist, Lilli T. E. Bay, Barbara Steurer, Coen Campsteijn, Ole J. B. Landsverk, Jurgen A. Marteijn, Eva Petermann, Laura Trinkle-Mulcahy, Randi G. Syljuasen

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Transcription-replication (T-R) conflicts cause replication stress and loss of genome integrity. However, the transcription-related processes that restrain such conflicts are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) C-terminal domain (CTD) phosphatase protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) nuclear targeting subunit (PNUTS)-PP1 inhibits replication stress. Depletion of PNUTS causes lower EdU uptake, S phase accumulation, and slower replication fork rates. In addition, the PNUTS binding partner WDR82 also promotes RNAPII-CTD dephosphorylation and suppresses replication stress. RNAPII has a longer residence time on chromatin after depletion of PNUTS or WDR82. Furthermore, the RNAPII residence time is greatly enhanced by proteasome inhibition in control cells but less so in PNUTS- or WDR82-depleted cells, indicating that PNUTS and WDR82 promote degradation of RNAPII on chromatin. Notably, reduced replication is dependent on transcription and the phospho-CTD binding protein CDC73 after depletion of PNUTS/WDR82. Altogether, our results suggest that RNAPII-CTD dephosphorylation is required for the continuous turnover of RNAPII on chromatin, thereby preventing T-R conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108469
JournalCell Reports
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • CDC73
  • CTD phosphorylation
  • Cancer
  • PP1 phosphatase
  • RNA polymerase II
  • WDR82
  • proteasome-mediated degradation
  • replication stress
  • transcription-replication conflicts


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