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Sam-Geun Kong


Sc. D. in Biology, Department of Botany, Kyoto University, 2006

Current position

Assistant Professor in Department of Biology, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan


  1. Cazzaniga, S., Dall' Osto, L., Kong, S. G., Wada, M. and Bassi, R. (2013). Interaction between avoidance of photon absorption, excess energy dissipation and zeaxanthin synthesis against photooxidative stress in Arabidopsis. Plant J 76(4): 568-579.
  2. Kong, S. G., Arai, Y., Suetsugu, N., Yanagida, T. and Wada, M. (2013). Rapid severing and motility of chloroplast-actin filaments are required for the chloroplast avoidance response in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25(2): 572-590.
  3. Kong, S. G., Suetsugu, N., Kikuchi, S., Nakai, M., Nagatani, A. and Wada, M. (2013). Both phototropin 1 and 2 localize on the chloroplast outer membrane with distinct localization activity. Plant Cell Physiol 54(1): 80-92.
  4. Kong S.-G., Kagawa, T., Wada M., and Nagatani, A. (2013) A C-terminal membrane association domain of phototropin 2 is necessary for chloroplast movement. Plant & Cell Physiology. 54 (1): 57-68.
  5. Suetsugu, N., Kong, S. G., Kasahara, M. and Wada, M. (2013). Both LOV1 and LOV2 domains of phototropin2 function as the photosensory domain for hypocotyl phototropic responses in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae). Am J Bot 100(1): 60-69.
  6. Shikata, H., Shibata, M., Ushijima, T., Nakashima, M., Kong, S. G., Matsuoka, K., Lin, C. and Matsushita, T. (2012). The RS domain of Arabidopsis splicing factor RRC1 is required for phytochrome B signal transduction. Plant J 70(5): 727-738.
  7. Oka Y., Kong S.-G., Matsushita T. (2011) A non-covalently attached chromophore can mediate phytochrome B signaling in Arabidopsis. Plant & Cell Physiology. 52 (12): 2088-2102.
  8. Kozuka, T., Kong, S. G., Doi, M., Shimazaki, K. and Nagatani, A. (2011). Tissue-autonomous promotion of palisade cell development by phototropin 2 in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 23(10): 3684-3695.
  9. Kong, S. G. and Wada, M. (2011). New insights into dynamic actin-based chloroplast photorelocation movement. Mol Plant 4(5): 771-781.
  10. Wada M., and Kong S.-G. (2011) Analysis of chloroplast movement and relocation in Arabidopsis. In Chloroplast Research in Arabidopsis: Methods and Protocols, Volume 1, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 774. Edited by R.P. Jarvis. Humana, Totowa, NJ. 87-102.
  11. Kodama, Y., Suetsugu, N., Kong, S. G. and Wada, M. (2010). Two interacting coiled-coil proteins, WEB1 and PMI2, maintain the chloroplast photorelocation movement velocity in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(45): 19591-19596.
  12. Oikawa, K., Yamasato, A., Kong, S. G., Kasahara, M., Nakai, M., Takahashi, F., Ogura, Y., Kagawa, T. and Wada, M. (2008). Chloroplast outer envelope protein CHUP1 is essential for chloroplast anchorage to the plasma membrane and chloroplast movement. Plant Physiol 148(2): 829-842.
  13. Kong, S. G. and Nagatani, A. (2008). Where and how does phototropin transduce light signals in the cell? Plant Signal Behav 3(4): 275-277.
  14. Kong, S. G., Kinoshita, T., Shimazaki, K., Mochizuki, N., Suzuki, T. and Nagatani, A. (2007). The C-terminal kinase fragment of Arabidopsis phototropin 2 triggers constitutive phototropin responses. Plant J 51(5): 862-873.
  15. Kong, S. G., Suzuki, T., Tamura, K., Mochizuki, N., Hara-Nishimura, I. and Nagatani, A. (2006). Blue light-induced association of phototropin 2 with the Golgi apparatus. Plant J 45(6): 994-1005.
  16. Onodera A., Kong S.-G., Doi M., Shimazaki K.-I., Mochizuki N., and Nagatani A. (2005). Phototropin from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is functional in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Physiol 46 (2): 367-374.
  17. Kong, S.-G., Lee, D.-S., Kwak, S.-N., Kim, J.-K., Sohn, J.-K. and Kim, I.-S. (2004). Characterization of sunlight-grown transgenic rice plants expressing Arabidopsis phytochrome A. Molecular Breeding 14(1): 35-46.
  18. Takagi, S., Kong, S. G., Mineyuki, Y. and Furuya, M. (2003). Regulation of actin-dependent cytoplasmic motility by type II phytochrome occurs within seconds in Vallisneria gigantea epidermal cells. Plant Cell 15(2): 331-345.
  19. Kwak, S.-N., Kong, S.-G., Hahn, T.-R. and Kim, I.-S. (2000). A GSK-3/SHAGGY-Related Protein Kinase is Involved in Phytochrome Signal Transduction Pathway. Journal of Photoscience 7(3): 123-128.
Protocols by Sam-Geun Kong
  1. Observation of Chloroplast-actin Filaments in Leaves of Arabidopsis