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Kwang W. Jeon

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JeonKwang W. Jeon
Professor Emeritus

Office: WLS, F-215: (865-974-5148)

Fax: (865) 974-6306



My research was concerned with the biogenesis and function of cell components in two major areas: Integration of intracellular symbionts into host cells leading to the acquisition of new cell components and cell variation; Membrane-protein recycling during endo- and exocytosis.


  • Editor, International Review of Cell & Molecular Biology,1967-
  • NSF Cell Biology Program panel member, 1986-1989
  • Member, Board of Examiners, GRE Biochemistry, Genetics & Molecular Biology (1990-4)

Professional Societies

  • American Association of Advancement of Science (Elected Fellow, 1988- ; Emeritus member)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (Emeritus member)
  • International Society of Protistology (President, 1992/3; Emeritus member)

Selected Publications

Jeon, K. W. (1994) Survival and adaptation of microbes inside eukaryotic cells. Molec. Cell 4:259-265.

Ahn, T. I., Lim, S. T., Lee, J. H. & Jeon, K. W. (1994) A novel strong promoter of the groEx operon of symbiotic bacteria in Amoeba proteus. Gene 128:43-49.

Kim, K. J., Na, Y. E. & Jeon, K. W. (1994) Bacterial endosymbiont-derived lipopolysaccharides and on symbiosome membranes in newly infected amoebae and their roles in lysosome-symbiosome fusion. Infec. Immun. 62:65-71.

Jeon, K. W. (1995) The large, free-living amoebae: Wonderful cells for biological studies. J. Euk. Microbiol. 42:1-7.

Jeon, K. W. (1995) Bacterial endosymbiosis in amoebae. Trends Cell Biol. 5:137-140.

Berezney, R. & Jeon, K. W., Editors (1995) Structural and Functional Organization of the Nuclear Matrix, Academic Press, San Diego. 1062 pp.

Jeon, K. W. (1996) Large free-living amoebae as microcosms. Japanese J. Protozool. 29:11-19.

Pak, J. W. & Jeon, K. W. (1996) The s29x gene of symbiotic bacteria in Amoeba proteus with a novel promoter. Gene 171:89-93.

Choi, J. Y., Lee, T. W., Jeon, K. W. & Ahn, T. I. (1997) Evidence for symbiont-induced alteration of a host’s gene expression: Irreversible loss of SAM synthetase from Amoeba proteus. J. Euk. Microbiol. 44:412-419.

Pak, J. W. & Jeon, K. W. (1997) A symbiont-produced protein and bacterial symbiosis in Amoeba proteus. J. Euk. Microbiol. 44:614-619.

Jeon, K. W. (1997) Endocytobionts in protists and invertebrates. In Eukaryotism and Symbiosis (H.E.A. Schenk, R.G. Hermann, K.W. Jeon, N.E. Mueller & W. Schwemmler, eds.), Springer, Berlin. pp. 359-366.

Schenk, H.E.A., Hermann, R.G., Jeon, K.W., Mueller, N.E. & Schwemmler, W., Eds. (1997) Eukaryotism and Symbiosis, Springer, Berlin. 530 pp.

Jeon, K. W. (1998) Symbiogenesis of bacteria within amoebae. In Origin – Evolution and Versatility of Microorganisms (J. Seckbach, ed.), Kluwar Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Oh, W. & Jeon, K. W. (1998) Characterization of myosin heavy chain and its gene in Amoeba proteus. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 45:600-605.

Jeon, K. W. (1998) Endosymbionts. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Mcmillan Reference Limited, London.

Jeon, K. W. (1999) Symbiogenesis of bacteria within amoebae. In “Enigmatic Microorganisms and Life in Extreme Environments” (J. Seckbach, ed.), pp. 585-598. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.

Oh, W. & Jeon, K. W. (1999) The Mip protein and its gene of endosymbionts in Amoeba proteus. Endocyt.Cell Res. 13:87-104.

Jeon, K.W. (2002) Integration of bacterial endosymbionts in amoebae. Proc. XVIII Int. Congr. Zool. pp. 519-525.

Jeon, T. J. & Jeon, K. W. (2003), Characterization of sams genes of Amoeba proteus and the endosymbiotic X-bacteria. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 50:61-69.

Jeon, T. J. & Jeon, K. W. (2004) Gene switching in Amoeba proteus caused by endosymbiotic bacteria. J. Cell. Sci. 117:535-543.

Jeon, K. W. (2004) Genetic and Physiological Interactions in the Amoeba-Bacteria Symbiosis. J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 51:502-508