Biosciences Graduate Program

Matthew J. Potthoff, PhD


Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 3322 Pappajohn Biomedical Discover Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-4438

Lab: 3322 Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-7660

Web: Potthoff Laboratory Website


BS, Suma Cum Laude, Biology / Zoology, University of Oklahoma
PhD, Genetics and Development, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Research Summary

Nutrient Control of Hepatic Metabolism and Signaling

The regulation of metabolic homeostasis is a complex process coordinated by numerous growth factors and hormones signaling the availability of energy and nutrients. While it is well known that the liver functions to maintain energy homeostasis by producing energy sources for other cells during nutrient deprivation, the liver is also becoming recognized as a major regulator of systemic energy metabolism through production of hepatokines. These liver derived hormones signal nutrient availability to other tissues and control substrate utilization to maintain energy balance. My lab is interested in unraveling these hepatic pathways that govern systemic energy balance by focusing on known and novel hepatokines. The purpose is two-fold: 1) secreted factors are a rich source of new therapeutics because they are designed to circulate and signal, and 2) nutrient signaling is dysregulated in several diseases including diabetes and cancer. To identify and examine hepatokine function, my lab integrates biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology, metabolomics, and mouse genetics. By unraveling these liver-derived networks, we hope to identify a new therapeutic to treat obesity and metabolic disease.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Center for Gene Therapy of Cystic Fibrosis and other Genetic Diseases
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Selected Publications

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Potthoff M, Potts A, He T, Duarte J, Taussig R, Mangelsdorf D, Kliewer S, Burgess S.  Colesevelam Suppresses Hepatic Glycogenolysis by TGR5-mediated Induction of GLP-1 Action in DIO Mice.  Am J Physiol: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiol.  2013 February. 304(4):G371-G380.

Zhang Y, Xie Y, Berglund E, Coate K, He T, Katafuchi T, Xiao G, Potthoff M, Wei W, Wan Y, Yu R, Evans R, Kliewer S, Mangelsdorf D.  The starvation hormone, fibroblast growth factor-21, extends lifespan in mice.  elife.  2012 October 15. 1:e00065.

Potthoff M, Kliewer S, Mangelsdorf D.  Endocrine fibroblast growth factors 15/19 and 21: from feast to famine.  Genes Dev.  2012 February 15. 26(4):312-324.

Potthoff M, Boney-Montoya J, Choi M, He T, Sunny N, Satapati S, Suino-Powell K, Xu H, Gerard R, Finck B, Burgess S, Mangelsdorf D, Kliewer S.  FGF15/19 regulates hepatic glucose metabolism by inhibiting the CREB-PGC-1α pathway.  Cell Metab.  2011 June 8. 13(6):729-738.

Moresi V, Williams A, Meadows E, Flynn J, Potthoff M, McAnally J, Shelton J, Backs J, Klein W, Richardson J, Bassel-Duby R, Olson E.  Myogenin and class II HDACs control neurogenic muscle atrophy by inducing E3 ubiquitin ligases.  Cell.  2010 October 1. 143(1):35-45.

Sunny N, Satapati S, Fu X, He T, Mehdibeigi R, Spring-Robinson C, Duarte J, Potthoff M, Browning J, Burgess S.  Progressive adaptation of hepatic ketogenesis in mice fed a high-fat diet.  Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab.  2010 June. 298(6):E1226-E1235.

Potthoff M, Inagaki T, Satapati S, Ding X, He T, Goetz R, Mohammadi M, Finck B, Mangelsdorf D, Kliewer S, Burgess S.  FGF21 induces PGC-1alpha and regulates carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism during the adaptive starvation response.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  2009 June 30. 106(26):10853-10858.

Montgomery R, Potthoff M, Haberland M, Qi X, Matsuzaki S, Humphries K, Richardson J, Bassel-Duby R, Olson E.  Maintenance of cardiac energy metabolism by histone deacetylase 3 in mice.  J Clin Invest.  2008 November. 118(11):3588-3597.

Potthoff M, Olson E.  MEF2: a central regulator of diverse developmental programs.  Development.  2007 December. 134(23):4131-4140.

Potthoff M, Arnold M, McAnally J, Richardson J, Bassel-Duby R, Olson E.  Regulation of skeletal muscle sarcomere integrity and postnatal muscle function by Mef2c.  Mol Cell Biol.  2007 December. 27(23):8143-8151.

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