Karl-Heinz Herzig

Karl-Heinz Herzig


Physiology and Internal Medicine


Many diseases are related to unequal input/output balance, imbalance/lack of macronutrients, toxic compounds or physical inactivity. The different organs involved in keeping homeostasis (brain-gut/microbiome-fat-liver-muscle) are tightly communicating with each other via peptides, proteins, nutrients and nerves (adipokines, hepatokines, myokines, gut peptides, neurotransmitters). Understanding the communication of this organ cross talk might decipher the molecular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity/metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, the increased energy storages lead to inflammation affecting the signaling cascades. Our mission is to elucidate the communication signals and pathways which might lead to novel therapeutic targets and new strategies for the prevention of these diseases.

Research interests

  • Cross organ communication
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Intestine and Microbiome

Research groups

  • Molecular Physiology

Selected publications

  • Ibarra, A.; Olli, K.; Pasman, W.; Hendriks, H.; Alhoniemi, E.; Raza, G. S.; Herzig, K. H.; Tiihonen, K. (2017) Effects of polydextrose with breakfast or with a midmorning preload on food intake and other appetite-related parameters in healthy normal-weight and overweight females : An acute, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, and crossover study. - Appetite 110, 15-24 . http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.12.002. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Karhu, T.; Akiyama, K.; Vuolteenaho, O.; Bergmann, U.; Naito, T.; Tatemoto, K.; Herzig, K. -H. (2017) Isolation of new ligands for orphan receptor MRGPRX1-hemorphins LVV-H7 and VV-H7. - Peptides 96, 61-66 . [Original]