Katherine Motyl


  • Michigan State University, 2010, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Bone formation and bone resorption are highly regulated processes that must occur in a coupled manner to maintain bone density and prevent diseases like osteoporosis. My laboratory is interested in understanding the role of the nervous system in this regulation. In particular, we are studying how osteoclasts (bone resorbing cells) are regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. This work is highly consequential because many disease and conditions, as well as medicines, influence neural regulation of bone density. To that end, we are also actively studying how commonly prescribed drugs, such as opioids and antipsychotic drugs, lead to bone loss and increased fracture risk. Furthermore, additional work in our laboratory is exploring how neural control of the thermoregulatory process can influence energy balance and bone metabolism.

To learn more about these and other projects in the Motyl lab, please see our publications, website <mmcri.org/motyl>, or contact me directly at motylk@mmc.org.

Selected Publications

  • Motyl KJ, Beauchemin M, Barlow D, Le PT, Nagano K, Treyball A, Contractor A, Baron R, Rosen CJ, Houseknecht KL. A novel role for dopamine signaling in the pathogenesis of bone loss from the atypical antipsychotic drug risperidone in female mice. Bone. 2017; 103:168-176. PMID: 28689816
  • Carvalho AL, DeMambro VE, Guntur AR, Le P, Nagano K, Baron R, de Paula FJA, Motyl KJ. High fat diet attenuates hyperglycemia, body composition changes, and bone loss in male streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetic mice. Journal of Cellular Physiology. 2017; PMID: 28631813
  • Irwin R, Lin HV, Motyl KJ, McCabe LR. Normal bone density obtained in the absence of insulin receptor expression in bone. Endocrinology. 147(12):5760-5767, 2006. Highlighted in Endocrine News
  • Motyl KJ and LR McCabe. Leptin treatment prevents type I diabetic marrow adiposity but not bone loss in mice. J Cell Physiol. 218(2): 376-384, 2009. Highlighted in Science Now http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/03/appetite-suppressor-could-be-an-.html
  • Motyl KJ*, S Botolin*, R Irwin*, T Kadakia, A Amalfitano, RC Schwartz, and LR McCabe. Bone inflammation and altered gene expression with type I diabetes early onset. J Cell Physiol. 218(3):575-583. *authors contributed equally
  • Motyl KJ, and LR McCabe. Streptozotocin, type I diabetes severity and bone. Biological Procedures Online. Published online: 06 March 2009.
  • Motyl KJ, Raetz M, Tekalur SA, Schwartz RC, McCabe LR. CCAAT/enhancer binding protein beta-deficiency enhances type 1 diabetic bone phenotype by increasing marrow adiposity and bone resorption. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011;300(5):R1250-60.
  • Motyl KJ, McCauley LK, McCabe LR. Amelioration of Type I Diabetes-induced Osteoporosis by Parathyroid Hormone is Associated with Improved Osteoblast Survival. J Cell Physiol. 2012 Apr;227(4):1326-34.
  • Motyl KJ*, Dick-de-Paula I*, Maloney AE, Lotinun S, Bornstein S, de Paula FJ, Baron R, Houseknecht KL, Rosen CJ. Trabecular bone loss after administration of the second-generation antipsychotic risperidone is independent of weight gain. Bone. 2012;Feb;50(2):490-8. *authors contributed equally
  • Motyl KJ, Bishop KA, Demambro VE, Bornstein SA, Le P, Kawai M, Lotinun S, Horowitz MC, Baron R, Bouxsein ML, Rosen CJ. Altered thermogenesis and impaired bone remodeling in Misty mice. J Bone Miner Res. 2013. 28(9):1885-97. PMCID: PMC3743939.
  • Devlin MJ, Van Vliet M, Motyl K, Karim L, Brooks DJ, Louis L, Conlon C, Rosen CJ, Bouxsein ML. Early-onset type 2 diabetes impairs skeletal acquisition in the male TALLYHO/JngJ mouse. Endocrinology. 2014. Oct;155(10):3806-16. PMCID: PMC4164927.
  • Motyl KJ, DeMambro VE, Barlow D, Olshan D, Nagano K, Baron R, Rosen CJ, Houseknecht, CJ. Propranolol attenuates trabecular bone loss in female mice from the atypical antipsychotic, risperidone. Endocrinology. 2015; 156(7):2374-83. PMID: 25853667. **highlighted in Endocrine News.
  • Zhang J, Motyl KJ, Irwin R, MacDougald OA, Britton RA and McCabe LR. Loss of bone and Wnt10b expression with type 1 diabetes is blocked by the probiotic L. reuteri. Endocrinology. 2015; 156(9):3169-82.
  • Rosen CJ, Motyl KJ. No bones about it: insulin modulates skeletal remodeling. Cell. 2010;142(2):198-200.
  • Motyl KJ, McCabe LR, Schwartz AV. Bone and glucose metabolism: A two-way street. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2010 Nov 1;503(1):2-10.
  • Motyl KJ, Rosen CJ. Temperatures rising: Brown fat and bone. Discov Med. 2011 Mar;11(58):179-85.
  • Motyl KJ, Rosen CJ. Understanding leptin-dependent regulation of skeletal homeostasis. Biochimie. 2012 Oct;94(10):2089-96.
  • Motyl KJ, Rosen CJ. The skeleton and the sympathetic nervous system: it’s about time! J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Nov;97(11):3908-11.
  • Calarge CA, Ivins SD, Motyl KJ, Shibli-Rahhal AA, Bliziotes MM, and Schlechte JA. Possible mechanisms for the skeletal effects of antipsychotics in children and adolescents. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 3(5): 278-93. 2013. PMCID: PMC3805387.