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Ekker, Marc
Email: mekker@uottawa.ca
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Affiliation: Marc Ekker Lab
Address: Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics Department of Biology University of Ottawa 20, Marie Curie Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 Canada
Country: Canada
Phone: (613) 562-5800 ext 2605
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BIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH INTERESTS


PUBLICATIONS
Solek, C.M., Feng, S., Perin, S., Weinschutz Mendes, H.C., Ekker, M. (2017) Lineage tracing of dlx1a/2a and dlx5a/6a expressing cells in the developing zebrafish brain. Developmental Biology. 427(1):131-147
Lalonde, R.L., Moses, D., Zhang, J., Cornell, N., Ekker, M., Akimenko, M.A. (2016) Differential actinodin1 regulation in zebrafish and mouse appendages. Developmental Biology. 417(1):91-103
Hanwell, D., Hutchinson, S.A., Collymore, C., Bruce, A.E., Louis, R., Ghalami, A., Allison, W.T., Ekker, M., Eames, B.F., Childs, S., Kurrasch, D.M., Gerlai, R., Thiele, T., Scott, I., Ciruna, B., Dowling, J.J., McFarlane, S., Huang, P., Wen, X.Y., Akimenko, M.A., Waskiewicz, A.J., Drapeau, P., Babiuk, L.A., Dragon, D., Smida, A., Buret, A.G., O'Grady, E., Wilson, J., Sowden-Plunkett, L., Tropepe, V. (2016) Restrictions on the Importation of Zebrafish into Canada Associated with Spring Viremia of Carp Virus. Zebrafish. 13 Suppl 1:S153-63
Huang, S.S., Noble, S., Godoy, R., Ekker, M., Chan, H.M. (2016) Delayed effects of methylmercury on the mitochondria of dopaminergic neurons and developmental toxicity in zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio). Aquatic toxicology (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 175:73-80
Godoy, R., Noble, S., Yoon, K., Anisman, H., Ekker, M. (2015) Chemogenetic ablation of dopaminergic neurons leads to transient locomotor impairments in zebrafish larvae. Journal of neurochemistry. 135(2):249-60
Noble, S., Godoy, R., Affaticati, P., Ekker, M. (2015) Transgenic Zebrafish Expressing mCherry in the Mitochondria of Dopaminergic Neurons. Zebrafish. 12(5):349-56
Cheng, Y., Ekker, M., Chan, H.M. (2015) Relative developmental toxicities of pentachloroanisole and pentachlorophenol in a zebrafish model (Danio rerio). Ecotoxicology and environmental safety. 112C:7-14
Eisa-Beygi, S., Ekker, M., Moon, T.W., Macdonald, R.L., Wen, X.Y. (2014) Developmental processes regulated by the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR) pathway: Highlights from animal studies. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.). 46C:115-120
Heude, E., Shaikho, S., Ekker, M. (2014) The dlx5a/dlx6a Genes Play Essential Roles in the Early Development of Zebrafish Median Fin and Pectoral Structures. PLoS One. 9:e98505
Yossa, R., Sarker, P.K., Proulx, E., Saxena, V., Ekker, M., and Vandenburg, G.W. (2013) A Practical Approach for Sexing Zebrafish, Danio rerio. Journal of Applied Aquaculture. 25:148-153
MacDonald, R.B., Pollack, J.N., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Heude, E., Talbot, J.C., and Ekker, M. (2013) The ascl1a and dlx genes have a regulatory role in the development of GABAergic interneurons in the zebrafish diencephalon. Developmental Biology. 381(1):276-85
Debiais-Thibaud, M., Metcalfek, C.J., Pollack, J., Germon, I., Ekker, M., Depew, M., Laurenti, P., Borday-Birraux, V., and Casane, D. (2013) Heterogeneous conservation of dlx paralog co-expression in jawed vertebrates. PLoS One. 8(6):e68182
Eisa-Beygi, S., Hatch, G., Noble, S., Ekker, M., and Moon, T.W. (2013) The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR) pathway regulates developmental cerebral-vascular stability via prenylation-dependent signalling pathway. Developmental Biology. 373(2):258-266
Zhang, D., Xi, Y., Coccimiglio, M.L., Mennigen, J.A., Jonz, M., Ekker, M., and Trudeau, V.L. (2012) Functional prediction and physiological characterization of a novel short trans-membrane protein 1 (Stmp1) as a subunit of mitochondrial respiratory complexes. Physiological Genomics. 44(23):1133-1140
Noble, S., Ismail, A., Godoy, R., Xi, Y., and Ekker, M. (2012) Zebrafish Parla- and Parlb-deficiency affects dopaminergic neuron patterning and embryonic survival. Journal of neurochemistry. 122(1):196-207
Yossa, R., Sarker, P.K., Karanth, S., Ekker, M., and Vandenberg, G.W. (2011) Effects of dietary biotin and avidin on growth, survival, feed conversion, biotin status and gene expression of zebrafish Danio rerio. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 160(4):150-8
Yu, M., Xi, Y., Pollack, J., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Macdonald, R.B., and Ekker, M. (2011) Activity of dlx5a/dlx6a regulatory elements during zebrafish GABAergic neuron development. Int. J. Dev. Neurosci.. 29(7):681-91
Xi, Y., Yu, M., Godoy, R., Hatch, G., Poitras, L., and Ekker, M. (2011) Transgenic zebrafish expressing green fluorescent protein in dopaminergic neurons of the ventral diencephalon. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 240(11):2539-47
Xi, Y., Noble, S., and Ekker, M. (2011) Modeling Neurodegeneration in Zebrafish. Current neurology and neuroscience reports. 11(3):274-82
Steele, S.L., Ekker, M., and Perry, S.F. (2011) Interactive effects of development and hypoxia on catecholamine synthesis and cardiac function in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Journal of comparative physiology. B, Biochemical, systemic, and environmental physiology. 181(4):527-38
Steele, S.L., Yang, X., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Schwerte, T., Pelster, B., Ekker, M., Tiberi, M., Perry, S.F. (2011) In vivo and in vitro assessment of cardiac {beta}-adrenergic receptors in larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). The Journal of experimental biology. 214(9):1445-1457
Rouleau, M., Saxena, V., Rodrigue, A., Paquet, E.R., Gagnon, A., Hendzel, M.J., Masson, J.Y., Ekker, M., and Poirier, G.G. (2011) A Key Role for Poly(ADP-Ribose) Polymerase 3 in Ectodermal Specification and Neural Crest Development. PLoS One. 6(1):e15834
Kano, S., Xiao, J.H., Osorio, J., Ekker, M., Hadzhiev, Y., Muller, F., Casane, D., Magdelenat, G., and Retaux, S. (2010) Two lamprey hedgehog genes share non-coding regulatory sequences and expression patterns with gnathostome hedgehogs. PLoS One. 5(10):e13332
Macdonald, R.B., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Talbot, J.C., and Ekker, M. (2010) The relationship between dlx and gad1 expression indicates highly conserved genetic pathways in the zebrafish forebrain. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 239(8):2298-2306
Macdonald, R.B., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Martin, K., Poitras, L., Tay, B.H., Venkatesh, B., and Ekker, M. (2010) Functional conservation of a forebrain enhancer from the elephant shark (Callorhinchus milii) in zebrafish and mice. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 10:157
MacDonald, R. B., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Ekker, M. (2010) Regulation of Dlx gene expression in the zebrafish pharyngeal arches: from conserved enhancer sequences to conserved activity. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 26(2):187-191
MacDonald, R. B., Debiais-Thibaud, M., Ekker, M. (2010) Regulation of Dlx gene expression in the zebrafish pharyngeal arches: from conserved enhancer sequences to conserved activity. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 26(2):187-191
Xi, Y., Ryan, J., Noble, S., Yu, M., Yilbas, A.E., and Ekker, M. (2010) Impaired dopaminergic neuron development and locomotor function in zebrafish with loss of pink1 function. The European journal of neuroscience. 31(4):623-633
Bayaa, M., Vulesevic, B., Esbaugh, A., Braun, M., Ekker, M.E., Grosell, M., and Perry, S.F. (2009) The involvement of SLC26 anion transporters in chloride uptake in zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae. The Journal of experimental biology. 212(Pt 20):3283-3295
Steele, S.L., Lo, K.H., Li, V.W., Cheng, S.H., Ekker, M., and Perry, S.F. (2009) Loss of M2 muscarinic receptor function inhibits development of hypoxic bradycardia and alters cardiac {beta}-adrenergic sensitivity in larval zebrafish Danio rerio. Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol.. 297(2):R412-R420
Braun, M.H., Steele, S.L., Ekker, M., and Perry, S.F. (2009) Nitrogen excretion in developing zebrafish (Danio rerio): A role for Rh proteins and urea transporters. American journal of physiology. Renal physiology. 296(5):F994-F1005
Jarinova, O., Hatch, G., Poitras, L., Prudhomme, C., Grzyb, M., Aubin, J., Bérubé-Simard, F.A., Jeannotte, L., and Ekker, M. (2008) Functional resolution of duplicated hoxb5 genes in teleosts. Development (Cambridge, England). 135(21):3543-3553
Sperber, S.M., Saxena, V., Hatch, G., and Ekker, M. (2008) Zebrafish dlx2a contributes to hindbrain neural crest survival, is necessary for differentiation of sensory ganglia and functions with dlx1a in maturation of the arch cartilage elements. Developmental Biology. 314(1):59-70
Martyniuk, C.J., Gerrie, E.R., Popesku, J.T., Ekker, M., and Trudeau, V.L. (2007) Microarray analysis in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) liver and telencephalon after exposure to low concentration of 17alpha-ethinylestradiol. Aquatic toxicology (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 84(1):38-49
Wang, H., Lee, E.M., Sperber, S.M., Lin, S., Ekker, M., and Long, Q. (2007) Isolation and expression of zebrafish zinc-finger transcription factor gene tsh1. Gene Expression Patterns. 7(3):318-322
Padhi, B.K., Akimenko, M.A., and Ekker, M. (2006) Independent expansion of the keratin gene family in teleostean fish and mammals: An insight from phylogenetic analysis and radiation hybrid mapping of keratin genes in zebrafish. Gene. 368:37-45
Tostivint, H., Joly, L., Lihrmann, I., Parmentier, C., Lebon, A., Morisson, M., Calas, A., Ekker, M., and Vaudry, H. (2006) Comparative genomics provides evidence for close evolutionary relationships between the urotensin II and somatostatin gene families. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 103(7):2237-2247
Tostivint, H., Joly, L., Lihrmann, I., Conlon, J.M., Ekker, M., and Vaudry, H. (2005) Linkage mapping of the [pro2]somatostatin-14 gene in zebrafish: evolutionary perspectives. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1040:486-489
Tostivint, H., Joly, L., Lihrmann, I., Ekker, M., and Vaudry, H. (2004) Chromosomal localization of three somatostatin genes in zebrafish. Evidence that the [Pro2]-somatostatin-14 isoform and cortistatin are encoded by orthologous genes. Journal of molecular endocrinology. 33(3):1-8
Padhi, B.K., Joly, L., Tellis, P., Smith, A., Nanjappa, P., Chevrette, M., Ekker, M., and Akimenko, M.A. (2004) Screen for genes differentially expressed during regeneration of the zebrafish caudal fin. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 231(3):527-541
Hsiao, C.D., Ekker, M., and Tsai, H.J. (2003) Skin-specific expression of ictacalcin, a homolog of the S100 genes, during zebrafish embryogenesis. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 228(4):745-750
Bischof, J.M., Ekker, M., and Wevrick, R. (2003) A MAGE/NDN-like gene in zebrafish. Developmental dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 228(3):475-479
Ghanem, N., Jarinova, O., Amores, A., Long, Q., Hatch, G., Park, B.K., Rubenstein, J.L., and Ekker, M. (2003) Regulatory roles of conserved intergenic domains in vertebrate dlx bigene clusters. Genome research. 13(4):533-543
Liu, L., Korzh, V., Balasubramaniyan, N.V., Ekker, M., and Ge, R. (2002) Platelet-derived growth factor A (pdgf-a) expression during zebrafish embryonic development. Development genes and evolution. 212(6):298-301
Stuhmer, T., Puelles, L., Ekker, M., and Rubenstein, J.L. (2002) Expression from a Dlx gene enhancer marks adult mouse cortical GABAergic neurons. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991). 12(1):75-85
Hukriede, N., Fisher, D., Epstein, J., Joly, L., Tellis, P., Zhou, Y., Barbazuk, B., Cox, K., Fenton-Noriega, L., Hersey, C., Miles, J., Sheng, X., Song, A., Waterman, R., Johnson, S.L., Dawid, I.B., Chevrette, M., Zon, L.I., McPherson, J., and Ekker, M. (2001) The LN54 radiation hybrid map of zebrafish expressed sequences. Genome research. 11(12):2127-2132
Sleptsova-Friedrich, I., Li, Y., Emelyanov, A., Ekker, M., Korzh, V., and Ge, R. (2001) fgfr3 and regionalization of anterior neural tube in zebrafish. Mechanisms of Development. 102(1-2):213-217
Cadieux, B., James, S., Fryer, J.N., Ekker, M., Akimenko, M.-A., and Bennett, H.P.J. (2001) Characterization and tissue distribution of zebrafish granulins: Growth factors with possible roles in development and fin regeneration. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 15(5):A746
Quint, E., Zerucha, T., and Ekker, M. (2000) Differential expression of orthologous Dlx genes in zebrafish and mice: implications for the evolution of the Dlx homeobox gene family. The Journal of experimental zoology. 288(3):235-241
Long, Q., Quint, E., Lin, S., and Ekker, M. (2000) The zebrafish scyba gene encodes a novel CXC-type chemokine with distinctive expression patterns in the vestibulo-acoustic system during embryogenesis. Mechanisms of Development. 97(1-2):183-186
Chevrette, M., Joly, L., Tellis, P., Knapik, E.W., Miles, J., Fishman, M., and Ekker, M. (2000) Characterization of a zebrafish/mouse somatic cell hybrid panel. Genomics. 64(1):119-26
Zerucha, T., Stuhmer, T., Hatch, G., Park, B.K., Long, Q., Yu, G., Gambarotta, A., Schultz, J.R., Rubenstein, J.L., and Ekker, M. (2000) A highly conserved enhancer in the Dlx5/Dlx6 intergenic region is the site of cross-regulatory interactions between dlx genes in the embryonic forebrain. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 20(2):709-721
Zerucha, T. and Ekker, M. (2000) Distal-less-related homeobox genes of vertebrates: evolution, function, and regulation. Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire. 78(5):593-601
Hukriede N,A., Joly, L., Tsang, M., Miles, J., Tellis, P., Epstein, J.A., Barbazuk, W.B., Li, F.N., Paw, B., Postlethwait, J.H., Hudson, T.J., Zon, L.I., McPherson, J.D., Chevrette, M., Dawid, I.B., Johnson, S.L., and Ekker, M. (1999) Radiation hybrid mapping of the zebrafish genome. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 96(17):9745-9750
Connors, S.A., Trout, J., Ekker, M., and Mullins, M.C. (1999) The role of tolloid/mini fin in dorsoventral pattern formation of the zebrafish embryo. Development (Cambridge, England). 126(14):3119-3130
Martin, C.C., Laforest, L., Akimenko, M.-A., and Ekker, M. (1999) A role for DNA methylation in gastrulation and somite patterning. Developmental Biology. 206:189-205
Ekker, M. (1999) Saving zebrafish mutants. BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. 21:94-98
Ekker, M., Ye, F., Joly, L., Tellis, P., and Chevrette, M. (1999) Zebrafish/mouse somatic cell hybrids for the characterization of the zebrafish genome. In The Zebrafish: Genetics and Genomics, H.W. Detrich, III, M. Westerfield, and L.I. Zon, eds., San Diego, CA: Academic Press, Methods Cell Biol.. 60:303-321
Amores, A., Force, A., Yan, Y.-L. Joly, L., Amemiya, C., Fritz, A., Ho, R., Langeland, J., Prince, V., Wang, Y.-L., Westerfield, M., Ekker, M., and Postlethwait, J.H. (1998) Zebrafish hox clusters and vertebrate genome evolution. Science (New York, N.Y.). 282:1711-1714
Laforest, L., Brown, C.W., Poleo, G., Géraudie, J., Tada, M., Ekker, M., and Akimenko, M.-A. (1998) Involvement of the Sonic hedgehog, patched 1, and bmp2 genes in patterning of the zebrafish dermal fin rays. Development (Cambridge, England). 125:4175-4184
Nguyen, V.H., Schmid, B., Trout, J., Connors, S.A., Ekker, M., and Mullins, M.C. (1998) Ventral and lateral regions of the zebrafish gastrula, including the neural crest progenitors, are established by bmp2b/swirl pathway of genes. Developmental Biology. 199:93-110
Knapik, E.W., Goodman, A., Ekker, M., Chevrette, M., Delgado, J., Neuhauss, S., Shimoda, N., Driever, W., Fishman, M.C., and Jacob, H.J. (1998) A microsatellite genetic linkage map for zebrafish (Danio rerio). Nature Genetics. 18:338-343
Prince, V.E., Joly, L., Ekker, M., and Ho, R.K. (1998) Zebrafish hox genes: genomic organization and modified colinear expression patterns in the trunk. Development (Cambridge, England). 125:407-420
Ellies, D.L., D.W. Stock, G. Hatch, G. Giroux, K.M. Weiss, and M. Ekker (1997) Relationship between the genomic organization and the overlapping embryonic expression patterns of the zebrafish dlx genes. Genomics. 45(3):580-590
Ekker, M., Akimenko, M.-A., Allende, M.L., Smith, R., Drouin, G., Langille, R.M., Weinberg, E.S., and Westerfield, M. (1997) Relationships among msx gene structure and function in zebrafish and other vertebrates. Mol. Biol. Evol.. 14:1008-1022
Liu, D., Le Drean,Y., Ekker, M., Xiong, F., and Hew, C.L. (1997) Teleost FTZ-F1 homolog and its splicing variant determine the expression of the salmon gonadotropin IIbeta subunit gene. Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.). 11(7):877-890
Ellies, D.L., Langille, R.M., Martin, C.C., Akimenko, M.A., and Ekker, M. (1997) Specific craniofacial cartilage dysmorphogenesis coincides with a loss of dlx gene expression in retinoic acid-treated zebrafish embryos. Mechanisms of Development. 61(1-2):23-36
Zerucha, T., Muller, J.-P., Chartrand, N., and Ekker, M. (1997) Cross-interactions between two members of the Dlx family of homeobox-containing genes during zebrafish development. Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire. 75:613-622
Chevrette, M., Joly, L., Tellis, P., and Ekker, M. (1997) Contribution of zebrafish-mouse cell hybrids to the mapping of the zebrafish genome. Biochemistry and cell biology = Biochimie et biologie cellulaire. 75:641-649
Stock, D.W., Ellies, D.L., Zhao, Z.Y., Ekker, M., Ruddle, F.H., and Weiss, K.M. (1996) The evolution of the vertebrate Dlx gene family. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 93(20):10858-10863
Ekker, M., Speevak, M.D., Martin, C.C., Joly, L., Giroux, G., and Chevrette, M. (1996) Stable transfer of zebrafish chromosome segments into mouse cells. Genomics. 33:57-64
Shimoda, N., Chevrette, M., Ekker, M., Kikuchi, Y., Hotta, Y., and Okamoto, H. (1996) Mermaid, a family of short interspersed repetitive elements, is useful for zebrafish genome mapping. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 220:233-237
Akimenko, M.A. and Ekker, M. (1995) Anterior duplication of the Sonic hedgehog expression pattern in the pectoral fin buds of zebrafish treated with retinoic acid. Developmental Biology. 170:243-247
Akimenko, M.A., Johnson, S.L., Westerfield, M., and Ekker, M. (1995) Differential induction of four msx homeobox genes during fin development and regeneration in zebrafish. Development (Cambridge, England). 121:347-357
Akimenko, M.A., Ekker, M., Wegner, J., Lin, W., and Westerfield, M. (1994) Combinatorial expression of three zebrafish genes related to distal-less: part of a homeobox gene code for the head. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 14:3475-3486
Westerfield, M., Akimenko, M.A., Ekker, M., and Püschel, A. (1993) Eyes, ears and homeobox genes in zebrafish embryos. In Molecular Basis of Morphogenesis, M. Bernfield, ed., New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Wiley-Liss Division. :67-75
Ekker, M., Wegner, J., Akimenko, M.A., and Westerfield, M. (1992) Coordinate embryonic expression of three zebrafish engrailed genes. Development (Cambridge, England). 116:1001-1010
Ekker, M., Fritz, A., and Westerfield, M. (1992) Identification of two families of satellite-like repetitive DNA sequences from the zebrafish (Brachydanio rerio). Genomics. 13:1169-1173
Ekker, M., Akimenko, M.A., BreMiller, R., and Westerfield, M. (1992) Regional expression of three homeobox transcripts in the inner ear of zebrafish embryos. Neuron. 9:27-35
Ekker, M., Akimenko, M.A., BreMiller, R., and Westerfield, M. (1991) Characterization of four homeobox genes expressed in zebrafish neural crest. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr.. 17:924
Westerfield, M., Wegner, J., Akimenko, M., Ekker, M., Eisen, J., and Halpern, M. (1991) A role for engrailed gene in zebrafish muscle patterning. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr.. 17:761
Ekker, M. and Akimenko, M.A. (1991) Embryology and genetics of the zebrafish, Brachydanio rerio. Int. J. Bio. Med.. 7:553-560
Akimenko, M.A., Ekker, M., and Westerfield, M. (1990) Characterization of three zebrafish genes related to Hox-7. In Developmental Patterning of the Vertebrate Limb, J.R. Hinchliffe, J. Hurle and D. Summerbell, eds., New York: Plenum Press. :61-63
Solek, C., Feng, S., Mahoney, E., Ekker, M. Lineage tracing of neuronal progenitor cells expressing dlx genes in the zebrafish brain. Int. J. Dev. Neurosci.. 47:40

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