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Associate Professor Mark Lokman

Email mark.lokman@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-5846

Mark-Lokman

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Endocrine control of previtellogenic oocyte growth
  • Mechanisms controlling fecundity in fish
  • Evolution of vertebrate endocrine systems
  • Growth and reproduction of aquaculture species in NZ
  • Developmental Genetics

Current issues (potential research projects) in the NZ aquaculture industry include:
1. full artificial control of abalone reproduction
2. interaction between growth and reproduction in salmon
3. control of reproduction in eel, hapuka (groper) and giant kokopu
4. development of farming methods for new aquaculture species

Postgraduate Students

  • Erin Forbes (PhD) - effects of androgens on eel liver physiology
  • Khalid Alqaisi (PhD) - evolution of steroidogenesis in starfish
  • Sean Divers (PhD) - induced spawning of eel
  • Yair Kohn (PhD) - oogenesis and egg quality in hapuka
  • Ali Falahati (PhD) - GDF-9 signaling in the eel ovary
  • Alireza (Hamed) Shoae (PhD) - the ovarian IGF-I system in eel
  • Sam Van der Horst (MSc) - effects of steroids on eel heaptocytes
  • Tasman Gillies (MSc) - spawning induction in abalone

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Publications

Nguyen, A. T., Chia, J. H. Z., Kazeto, Y., Wylie, M. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Induction of oocyte development in previtellogenic eel, Anguilla australis. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 291, 113404. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2020.113404

Smart, D. C., Heenan, S., Lokman, P. M., & Lamare, M. D. (2020). Seasonal reproduction of the blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from two locations in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2020.1757472

Akhavan, S. R., Falahatkar, B., McCormick, S. P. A., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Changes in lipid biology during ovarian development in farmed beluga sturgeon, Huso huso L. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00364.2019

Rahdari, A., Khoshkholgh, M., Yarmohammadi, M., Ortiz-Zarragoitia, M., Lokman, P. M., Akhavan, S. R., … Falahatkar, B. (2020). The effects of 11-ketotestosterone implants on transcript levels of gonadotropin receptors, foxl2 and dmrt1 genes in the Previtellogenic ovary of cultured beluga (Huso huso). Journal of Fish Biology, 97, 374-382. doi: 10.1111/jfb.14366

Damsteegt, E. L., Thomson-Laing, G., Wylie, M. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Effects of estradiol and 11-ketotestosterone pre-treatment on artificial induction of maturation in silver female shortfinned eels (Anguilla australis). PLoS ONE, 15(2), e0229391. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229391

Chapter in Book - Research

Young, G., Kusakabe, M., Nakamura, I., Lokman, P. M., & Goetz, F. W. (2005). Gonadal steroidogenesis in teleost fish. In P. Melamed & N. Sherwood (Eds.), Molecular aspects of fish and marine biology (vol. 4): Hormones and their receptors in fish reproduction. (pp. 155-223). Singapore: World Scientific.

Lokman, P. M., Rohr, D. H., Davie, P. S., & Young, G. (2003). The physiology of silvering in anguillid eels: Androgens and control of metamorphosis from the yellow to silver stage. In K. Aida, K. Tsukamoto & K. Yamauchi (Eds.), Eel biology. (pp. 331-349). Tokyo: Springer.

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Journal - Research Article

Nguyen, A. T., Chia, J. H. Z., Kazeto, Y., Wylie, M. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Induction of oocyte development in previtellogenic eel, Anguilla australis. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 291, 113404. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2020.113404

Damsteegt, E. L., Thomson-Laing, G., Wylie, M. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Effects of estradiol and 11-ketotestosterone pre-treatment on artificial induction of maturation in silver female shortfinned eels (Anguilla australis). PLoS ONE, 15(2), e0229391. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229391

Rahdari, A., Khoshkholgh, M., Yarmohammadi, M., Ortiz-Zarragoitia, M., Lokman, P. M., Akhavan, S. R., … Falahatkar, B. (2020). The effects of 11-ketotestosterone implants on transcript levels of gonadotropin receptors, foxl2 and dmrt1 genes in the Previtellogenic ovary of cultured beluga (Huso huso). Journal of Fish Biology, 97, 374-382. doi: 10.1111/jfb.14366

Akhavan, S. R., Falahatkar, B., McCormick, S. P. A., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Changes in lipid biology during ovarian development in farmed beluga sturgeon, Huso huso L. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00364.2019

Smart, D. C., Heenan, S., Lokman, P. M., & Lamare, M. D. (2020). Seasonal reproduction of the blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from two locations in southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2020.1757472

Baker, N. J., Boubee, J., Lokman, P. M., & Bolland, J. D. (2020). Evaluating the impact of hydropower on downstream migrating anguillid eels: Catchment-wide and fine-scale approaches to identify cost-effective solutions. Science of the Total Environment. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141111

Horiuchi, M., Izumi, H., Lokman, P. M., Ijiri, S., & Adachi, S. (2020). Relationship between abundance and localization of maternal messenger RNA and egg quality in artificially matured Japanese eel Anguilla japonica. Fisheries Science, 86, 43-56. doi: 10.1007/s12562-019-01377-1

Palstra, A. P., Jéhannet, P., Swinkels, W., Heinsbroek, L. T. N., Lokman, P. M., Vesala, S., … Saukkonen, S. (2020). First observation of a spontaneously matured female European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Scientific Reports, 10, 2339. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-59331-6

Falahati, A., Ozaki, Y., Damsteegt, E. L., Zadmajid, V., Freeman, K. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2020). Spatiotemporal expression of activin receptor-like kinase-5 and bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II in the ovary of shortfinned eel, Anguilla australis. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part B. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2020.110509

Wylie, M. J., Setiawan, A. N., Irvine, G. W., Elizur, A., Zohar, Y., Symonds, J. E., & Lokman, P. M. (2019). Induced spawning of F1 wreckfish (Hāpuku) Polyprion oxygeneios using a synthetic agonist of gonadotropin-releasing hormone. Fishes, 4(3), 41. doi: 10.3390/fishes4030041

Wylie, M. J., Symonds, J. E., Setiawan, A. N., Irvine, G. W., Liu, H., Elizur, A., & Lokman, P. M. (2019). Transcriptomic changes during previtellogenic and vitellogenic stages of ovarian development in wreckfish (hāpuku), Polyprion oxygeneios (Perciformes). Fishes, 4(1), 16. doi: 10.3390/fishes4010016

Thomas, J. T., Todd, E. V., Muncaster, S., Lokman, P. M., Damsteegt, E. L., Liu, H., … Gemmell, N. J. (2019). Conservation and diversity in expression of candidate genes regulating socially-induced female-male sex change in wrasses. PeerJ, 7, e7032. doi: 10.7717/peerj.7032

Ozaki, Y., Damsteegt, E. L., Setiawan, A. N., Miura, T., & Lokman, P. M. (2019). Expressional regulation of gonadotropin receptor genes and androgen receptor genes in the eel testis. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 280, 123-133. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.04.020

Nguyen, A. T., Chia, J. H. Z., Kazeto, Y., & Lokman, P. M. (2019). Expression of gonadotropin subunit and gonadotropin receptor genes in wild female New Zealand shortfinned eel (Anguilla australis) during yellow and silver stages. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 272, 83-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.12.001

Akhavan, S. R., Falahatkar, B., Ward, J. M., & Lokman, P. M. (2019). 11-Ketotestosterone induces oocyte growth, but does not affect oocyte cytology in pre-vitellogenic captive beluga, Huso huso L. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part B, 232, 51-59. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2019.02.009

Thomson-Laing, G., Damsteegt, E. L., Nagata, J., Ijiri, S., Adachi, S., Todo, T., … Lokman, P. M. (2019). Synergistic effects of estradiol and 11-ketotestosterone on vitellogenin physiology in the shortfinned eel (Anguilla australis). Biology of Reproduction, 100(5), 1319-1332. doi: 10.1093/biolre/ioz007

Jéhannet, P., Kruijt, L., Damsteegt, E. L., Swinkels, W., Heinsbroek, L. T. N., Lokman, P. M., & Palstra, A. P. (2019). A mechanistic model for studying the initiation of anguillid vitellogenesis by comparing the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) and the shortfinned eel (A. australis). General & Comparative Endocrinology, 279, 129-138. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.02.018

Matsubara, H., Lokman, P. M., Kazeto, Y., Okumura, H., Ijiri, S., Hirai, T., … Yamauchi, K. (2019). Changes in sex steroids and ovarian steroidogenic enzyme mRNA levels in artificially maturing Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) and naturally maturing New Zealand longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii) during vitellogenesis. Fishes, 4, 52. doi: 10.3390/fishes4040052

Stuart, R. E., Closs, G. P., Lokman, P. M., & Jellyman, D. (2019). The influence of environmental cues on the activity of silver eels (Anguilla dieffenbachii) in Lake Manapouri, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 53(2), 169-181. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2018.1483955

Izumi, H., Gen, K., Lokman, P. M., Hagihara, S., Horiuchi, M., Tanaka, T., … Adachi, S. (2019). Maternal transcripts in good and poor quality eggs from Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica: Their identification by large-scale quantitative analysis. Molecular Reproduction & Development, 86, 1846-1864. doi: 10.1002/mrd.23273

Burgerhout, E., Lokman, P. M., van den Thillart, G. E. E. J. M., & Dirks, R. P. (2019). The time-keeping hormone melatonin: A possible key cue for puberty in freshwater eels (Anguilla spp.). Reviews in Fish Biology & Fisheries, 29, 1-21. doi: 10.1007/s11160-018-9540-3

Wylie, M. J., Setiawan, A. N., Irvine, G. W., Symonds, J. E., Elizur, A., Dos Santos, M., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). Ovarian development of captive F1 wreckfish (hāpuku) Polyprion oxygeneios under constant and varying temperature regimes: Implications for broodstock management. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 257, 86-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.08.022

Wylie, M. J., Setiawan, A. N., Irvine, G. W., Symonds, J. E., Elizur, A., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). Effects of neuropeptides and sex steroids on the pituitary-gonadal axis of pre-pubertal F1 wreckfish (hāpuku) Polyprion oxygeneios in vivo: Evidence of inhibitory effects of androgens. General & Comparative Endocrinology, 257, 113-121. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.08.018

Nguyen, A. T., Tsukamoto, K., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). Composition and distribution of freshwater eels Anguilla spp. in Vietnam. Fisheries Science, 84, 987-994. doi: 10.1007/s12562-018-1239-9

Damsteegt, E. L., Davie, A., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). The evolution of apolipoprotein B and its mRNA editing complex: Does the lack of editing contribute to hypertriglyceridemia? Gene, 641, 46-54. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2017.10.024

Mordenti, O., Emmanuele, P., Casalini, A., Lokman, P. M., Zaccaroni, A., Di Biase, A., & Parmeggiani, A. (2018). Effect of aromatable androgen (17-methyltestosterone) on induced maturation of silver European eels (Anguilla Anguilla): Oocyte performance and synchronization. Aquaculture Research, 49(1), 442-448. doi: 10.1111/are.13475

Thomson-Laing, G., Jasoni, C. L., & Lokman, P. M. (2018). The effects of migratory stage and 11-ketotestosterone on the expression of rod opsin genes in the shortfinned eel (Anguilla australis). General & Comparative Endocrinology, 257, 211-219. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.06.025

Di Biase, A., Lokman, P. M., Govoni, N., Casalini, A., Emmanuele, P., Parmeggiani, A., & Mordenti, O. (2017). Co-treatment with androgens during artificial induction of maturation in female eel, Anguilla anguilla: Effects on egg production and early development. Aquaculture, 479, 508-515. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.06.030

Liu, H., Todd, E. V., Lokman, M. P., Lamm, M. S., Godwin, J. R., & Gemmell, N. J. (2017). Sexual plasticity: A fishy tale. Molecular Reproduction & Development, 84(2), 171-194. doi: 10.1002/mrd.22691

Setiawan, A. N., Muncaster, S., Pether, S., King, A., Irvine, G. W., Lokman, P. M., & Symonds, J. E. (2016). The effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog on yellowtail kingfish Seriola lalandi (Valenciennes, 1833) spawning and egg quality. Aquaculture Reports, 4, 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.aqrep.2016.05.001

Wylie, M. J., Closs, G. P., Damsteegt, E. L., & Lokman, P. M. (2016). Effects of salinity and temperature on artificial cultivation and early ontogeny of giant kokopu, Galaxias argenteus (Gmelin 1789). Aquaculture Research, 47(5), 1472-1480. doi: 10.1111/are.12605

Lokman, P. M., Damsteegt, E. L., Wallace, J., Downes, M., Goodwin, S. L., Facoory, L. J., & Wylie, M. J. (2016). Dose-responses of male silver eels, Anguilla australis, to human chorionic gonadotropin and 11-ketotestosterone in vivo. Aquaculture, 463, 97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2016.05.009

Alqaisi, K. M., Lamare, M. D., Grattan, D. R., Damsteegt, E. L., Schneider, W. J., & Lokman, P. M. (2016). A comparative study of vitellogenesis in Echinodermata: Lessons from the sea star. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part A, 198, 72-86. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.04.013

Damsteegt, E. L., Ozaki, Y., McCormick, S. P. A., & Lokman, P. M. (2016). Triacylglyceride physiology in the shortfinned eel, Anguilla australis: The effects of androgen. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology, 310, R422-R431. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00149.2015

Di Biase, A., Casalini, A., Emmanuele, P., Mandelli, M., Lokman, P. M., & Mordenti, O. (2016). Controlled reproduction in Anguilla anguilla (L.): Comparison between spontaneous spawning and stripping-insemination approaches. Aquaculture Research, 47(10), 3052-3060. doi: 10.1111/are.12755

Damsteegt, E. L., McHugh, N., & Lokman, P. M. (2016). Storage by lyophilization: Resulting RNA quality is tissue dependent. Analytical Biochemistry, 511, 92-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ab.2016.08.005

Kohn, Y. Y., Symonds, J. E., Kleffmann, T., Nakagawa, S., Lagisz, M., & Lokman, P. M. (2015). Proteomic analysis of early-stage embryos: Implications for egg quality in hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios). Fish Physiology & Biochemistry, 41(6), 1403-1417. doi: 10.1007/s10695-015-0095-0

Akhavan, S. R., Falahatkar, B., Tolouei Gilani, M. H., & Lokman, P. M. (2015). Effects of estradiol-17β implantation on growth rate, ovarian growth, sex steroid levels and vitellogenin proxies in previtellogenic sturgeon Huso huso. Animal Reproduction Science, 157, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2014.12.010

Zadmajid, V., Falahatimarvast, A., Damsteegt, E. L., Setiawan, A. N., Ozaki, Y., Shoae, A., & Lokman, P. M. (2015). Effects of 11-ketotestosterone and temperature on inhibin subunit mRNA levels in the ovary of the shortfinned eel, Anguilla australis. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part B, 187, 14-21. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2015.04.012

Lokman, P. M., Wylie, M. J., Downes, M., Di Biase, A., & Damsteegt, E. L. (2015). Artificial induction of maturation in female silver eels, Anguilla australis: The benefits of androgen pre-treatment. Aquaculture, 437, 1111-1119. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2014.11.026

Senior, A. M., Lokman, M. P., Closs, G. P., & Nakagawa, S. (2015). Ecological and evolutionary applications for environmental sex reversal of fish. Quarterly Review of Biology, 90(1), 23-44. doi: 10.1086/679762

Damsteegt, E. L., Falahatimarvast, A., McCormick, S. P. A., & Lokman, P. M. (2015). Triacylglyceride physiology in the short-finned eel, Anguilla australis: Changes throughout early oogenesis. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology, 308(11), R935-R944. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00436.2014

Damsteegt, E. L., Mizuta, H., Ozaki, Y., Hiramatsu, N., Todo, T., Hara, A., … Lokman, P. M. (2014). Development and partial characterisation of an antiserum against apolipoprotein B of the short-finned eel, Anguilla australis. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 184(5), 589-599. doi: 10.1007/s00360-014-0821-4

Akbaripasand, A., Ramezani, J., Lokman, P. M., & Closs, G. P. (2014). Can drifting invertebrates meet the energy requirements of drift-feeding fish? A Case Study on Galaxias fasciatus. Freshwater Science, 33(3), 904-914. doi: 10.1086/676957

Johnson, S. L., Villarroel, M., Rosengrave, P., Carne, A., Kleffmann, T., Lokman, P. M., & Gemmell, N. J. (2014). Proteomic analysis of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) ovarian fluid. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104155. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104155

Lokman, P. M., & Symonds, J. E. (2014). Molecular and biochemical tricks of the research trade: -omics approaches in finfish aquaculture. New Zealand Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 48(3), 492-505. doi: 10.1080/00288330.2014.928333

Akbaripasand, A., Ramezani, J., Lokman, P. M., & Closs, G. P. (2014). Does social status within a dominance hierarchy mediate individual growth, residency and relocation? Oecologia, 176(3), 771-779. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3038-z

Kohn, Y. Y., Symonds, J. E., & Lokman, P. M. (2013). The effects of 11-ketotestosterone on ovarian physiology of previtellogenic captive hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios). Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part A, 166(3), 496-502. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.07.032

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