정재훈 교수님(Jae-Hoon Jung)

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 정재훈 (Jae-Hoon Jung)










 제2과학관 32206




Research Background

Professor Jung have been investigating regulatory mechanisms that govern plant response to environmental changes majorly in temperature. The outstanding challenge in the temperature research is to identify the molecules that perceive temperature signals. As a postdoctoral researcher of Wigge group at University of Cambridge, he has discovered that a red-light photoreceptor phytochrome B (phyB) functions as a thermosensor in Arabidopsis (the first thermosensor identified in plants).


*Captured from the commentary on Jung et al. Science (2016)


Plant Biochemistry Lab (PBL), together with research groups in Germany, France, and UK, has recently reported that ELF3, a protein containing prion-like domains (PrDs) controls the plant’s temperature response by forming biomolecular condensates.  ELF3 proteins reversibly forms liquid droplets in response to increasing temperature, in a PrD-dependent manner. This is the first study to show that the plant response to heat requires phase separation. 


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               *Captured from the commentary on Jung et al. Nature (2020)

By exploiting new scientific concepts and the latest techniques, PBL aims to target the mechanisms by which plants control their growth and development in response to temperature changes. Our research will provide insights on our understanding how plants adapt to climate warming and will help us breed crop plants to be more resilient to increasing hot weather.

Major three target molecules

(1)   Proteins containing intrinsically disordered region (IDR) or prion-related domain (PrD)

(2)   RNA molecules interacting with thermosensory proteins

(3)   Reactive oxygen species (ROS) to transmit temperature information

실험실 소개 (한국 분자세포생물학회 웹진 2020년 6월호)


최근 보도자료 (2020년 네이쳐 논문 관련)


네이쳐 논문이 인용된 관련 칼럼 (강석기의 과학카페, 동아사이언스)


Peer review paper

Google Scholar citations: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?hl=en&user=8qvY6rIAAAAJ

* Equal contribution

Publications (after 2019)

 43. Jung JH*, Barbosa AD*, Hutin S*, Kumita JR, Gao M, Derwort D, Silva CS, Lai X, Pierre E, Geng F, Kim SB, Baek S, Zubieta C, Jaeger KE,

Wigge PA (2020) A prion-like domain in ELF3 functions as a thermosensor in Arabidopsis. Nature 585: 256-260.

Featured in Nature News and Views(https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02442-x) Recommended by F1000


42. Favero DS, Kawamura A, Shibata M, Takebayashi A, Jung JH, Suzuki T, Jaeger KE, Ishida T, Iwase A, Wigge PA,

Neff MM, Sugimoto K (2020) AT-Hook Transcription Factors Restrict Petiole Growth by Antagonizing PIFs. Curr. Biol. 30: 1454-1466.


41. Silva CS*, Nayak A*, Lai X*, Hutin S, Hugouvieux V, Jung JH, López-Vidriero I, Franco-Zorrilla JM, Panigrahi KCS, Nanao MH, Wigge PA,

Zubieta C (2020) Molecular mechanisms of Evening Complex activity in Arabidopsis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 117: 6901-6909.


40. Tong M*, Lee K*, Ezer D, Cortijo S, Jung JH, Charoensawan V, Box MS, Jaeger KE, Takahashi N, Mas P, Wigge PA, Seo PJ (2020)

the Evening Complex Establishes Repressive Chromatin Domains Via H2A.Z Deposition. Plant Physiol. 182: 612-625.

 Selected publications (before 2019)

39. Lee JH, Jung JH, Park CM (2017) Light Inhibits COP1-Mediated Degradation of ICE Transcription Factors to Induce Stomatal Development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 29: 2817-2830. 

38. Ezer D, Jung JH, Lan H, Biswas S, Gregoire L, Box MS, Charoensawon V, Cortijo S, Lai X, Stöckle D, Zubieta C, Jaeger KE, Wigge PA (2017) The Evening Complex coordinates environmental and endogenous signals in Arabidopsis. Nat. Plants 3:17087. Recommended by F1000

37. Ha JH*, Lee HJ*, Jung JH, Park CM (2017) Thermo-Induce Maintenance of Photo-oxidoreductases Underlies Plant Autotrophic Development. Dev. Cell 41: 170-179. 

34Jung JH*, Lee HJ*, Ryu JY, Park CM (2016) SPL3/4/5 Integrate Developmental Aging and Photoperiodic Signals into the FTFD Module in Arabidopsis Flowering. Mol. Plant 9: 1647-1659.

33Jung JH*, Domijan M*, Klose C*, Biswas S*, Ezer D*, Gao M, Khattak AK, Box MS, Charoensawan V, Cortijo S, Kumar M, Grant A, Locke JC, Schäfer E, Jaeger KE, Wigge PA (2016) Phytochromes Function as Thermosensors in Arabidopsis. Science 354: 886-889. Featured in a Science Perspective (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/354/6314/832) Recommended by F1000

30.  Lee HJ, Jung JH, Cortés Llorca L, Kim SG, Lee S, Baldwin IT, Park CM (2014) FCA mediates thermal adaptation of stem

      growth by attenuating auxin action in Arabidopsis. Nat. Commun. 5: 5473. 

29Jung JH*, Lee HJ*, Park MJ*, Park CM (2014) Beyond ubiquitination: proteolytic and nonproteolytic roles of HOS1.

      Trends Plant Sci. 19: 538-545. Recommended by F1000

28Jung JH*, Lee S*, Yun J, Lee M, Park CM (2014) The miR172 target TOE3 represses AGAMOUS expression during Arabidopsis floral patterning. Plant Sci. 215: 29-38. 

25Jung JH*, Park JH*, Lee S, Toe TK, Kim JM, Seki M, Park CM (2013) The Cold Signaling Attenuator HIGH EXPRESSION OF OSMOTICALLY RESPONSIVE GENE1 Activates FLOWERING LOCUS C Transcription via Chromatin Remodeling under Short-Term Cold Stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25: 4378-4390. 

23Jung JH, Seo PJ, Park CM (2012) The E3 ubiquitin ligase HOS1 regulates Arabidopsis flowering by mediating CONSTANS

      degradation under cold stress. J Biol. Chem. 287: 43277-43287. Recommended by F1000

21Jung JH, Seo PJ, Ahn JH, Park CM (2012) Arabidopsis RNA-binding protein FCA regulates microRNA172 processing in thermosensory flowering. J. Biol. Chem. 287: 16007-16016. 

16Jung JH, Yun J, Seo PJ, Lee JH, Park CM (2012) The SOC1-SPL module integrates photoperiod and gibberellic acid signals to control flowering time in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 69: 577-588. 

13Jung JH*, Seo PJ*, Kang SK, Park CM (2011) miR172 signals are incorporated into the miR156 signaling pathway at the SPL3/4/5 genes in Arabidopsis developmental transitions. Plant Mol. Biol. 76: 35-45. 

6Jung JH, Seo YH, Seo PJ, Reyes JL, Yun J, Chua HC, Park CM (2007) The GIGANTEA-regulated MicroRNA172 mediated photoperiodic flowering independent of CONSTANS in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 19: 2736-2748. Recommended by F1000

3Jung JH, Park CM (2007) MIR166/165 genes exhibit dynamic expression patterns in regulating shoot apical meristem and floral development in Arabidopsis. Planta 225: 1327-1338. 

2. Kim J*, Jung JH*, Reyes JL, Kim YS, Kim SY, Chung KS, Kim JA, Lee M, Lee Y, Kim VN, Chua NH, Park CM (2005) microRNA directed cleavage of ATHB15 mRNA regulates vascular development in Arabidopsis inflorescence stems. Plant J. 42: 84-94.

 Funding history
현재 진행 중인 과제
• 2019.3-2022.2  신진연구, 한국연구재단
• 2021.3-2023.2  포스코사이언스펠로, 포스코청암재단
• 2021.1-2022.12 시스템합성 농생명공학 혁신기술개발, 농촌진흥청
• 2021.6-2027.5  선도연구센터(SRC), 한국연구재단
• 2021.9-2023.8 한-중 협력연구사업

 Education and experiences
• 2019-present Assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Sungkyunkwan University
• 2012-2019 Research associate, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge
• 2008-2012 Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University
• 2003-2008 Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University 
• 1998-2002 B.S., Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University

생명과학과미래기술(BIO3054) : 학부, 봄학기 
생명과학2(Biological Science II, GEDB018) : 학부, 가을학기, 국제어  
고급생명과학(Advanced General Biology, GEDB027) : 학부, 가을학기, 국제어 
식물생리학(Plant Physiology, BIO3044) : 학부, 가을학기, 국제어 
식물분자생물학(Plant Molecular Biology, BIO5029) : 대학원, 봄학기, 국제어 




 김솔비(Sol Bi Kim)


 석박통합과정 (2019.3-present)


 제2과학관 32258호






 Proteins containing a prion-like domain tend to phase separate in cells. I am interested in how prion-like proteins interact and how they work together in the thermal control of phase separation in plant tissues.




박경호(Kyung-Ho Park)


 석사과정 (2020.3-present)


 제2과학관 32258호






 To cope with global warming, a major issue affecting crop productivity, it is very important to understand how warm temperature affects plant flowering at molecular levels. Prion-like   domain(PrD)-containing proteins, which are phase separated by heat, would be a key to understand thermosensory flowering in plants. Therefore, I aim to identify prion-like proteins responding to temperature changes and to understand how they form biological condensates for the thermal control of flowering.



 이장원(Jangwon Lee)


 석박통합과정 (2020.9-present)


 제2과학관 32258호






 My research aims to understand how nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) function in the ethylene signaling pathway and control cold acclimation via LLPS (liquid-liquid phase separation). I would like to discover cold temperature sensors and their functional mechanisms in plants so that they can contribute to future food resource development.




 최윤영(Yunyoung Choi)


 석사과정 (2021.3-present)


 제2과학관 32258호






 My research goal is to find out how the N-degron pathway is involved in thermosensory flowering control.  I aim to identify which target protein of the PRT6 E3 ubiquitin ligase is crucial for the flowering time control, and to understand how the temperature signal is integrated to control flowering time through the N-degron pathway. 



 김은서(Eunseo Kim)


 석사과정 (2021.3-present)


 제2과학관 32258호






 Phase separation has recently emerged as an exciting new mechanism to explain the dynamic organization of biochemical processes in the cell. My research aims to understand how fatty acid biosynthesis in plant seeds is controlled transcriptionally in response to changes in external environments through phase separation. 








 백수정(Sujeong Baek)


 석사과정 졸업(2019.3-2021.2)






 I am interested in how nuclear pore proteins (NUPs) regulate flowering time in plants. The initial objective of my research is to identify NUP-interacting partners to work together in the flowering time control.




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