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Academic interests

Cardiac mitochondria:

  • Respiration - Function of the electron transport chain with and without oxygen
  • Inflammation - Mitochondrial DAMPs in ischemia-reperfusion injury
  • Signaling - Mitochondrial function in metabolic signaling


  • BSc in molecular biology at Institute for biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • MSc in physiology at Institute for biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • PhD in medicine at Institute for basic medical sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Researcher at Consejo Superior de Investigationes Cientificas – CSIC, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, Madrid, Spain

Positions held

  • Board member in The Norwegian Physiological Society
  • Co-organizer of MF9125 – Introductory course to cardiovascular research and medicine


Tags: Heart, mitochondria, Ischemia-reperfusion injury


  • Melsom, Helene Støle; Heiestad, Christina Mathisen; Eftestøl, Einar; Torp, May-Kristin; Gundersen, Kristian & Bjørnebekk, Astrid [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2022). Reduced arterial elasticity after anabolic–androgenic steroid use in young adult males and mice. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 12(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-14065-5.
  • Torp, May-Kristin; Ranheim, Trine; Schjalm, Camilla; Hjorth, Marit; Heiestad, Christina Mathisen & Dalen, Knut Tomas [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2022). Intracellular Complement Component 3 Attenuated Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in the Isolated Buffer-Perfused Mouse Heart and Is Associated With Improved Metabolic Homeostasis. Frontiers in Immunology. ISSN 1664-3224. 13. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2022.870811. Full text in Research Archive
  • Li, Yuchuan; Torp, May-Kristin; Norheim, Frode; Khanal, Prabhat; Kimmel, Alan R. & Stensløkken, Kåre-Olav [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2020). Isolated Plin5-deficient cardiomyocytes store less lipid droplets than normal, but without increased sensitivity to hypoxia . Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. ISSN 1388-1981. 1866(4). doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2020.158873. Full text in Research Archive
  • Mariero, Lars Henrik; Torp, May-Kristin; Heiestad, Christina Mathisen; Baysa, Anton; Li, Yuchuan & Valen, Guro [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2019). Inhibiting nucleolin reduces inflammation induced by mitochondrial DNA in cardiomyocytes exposed to hypoxia and reoxygenation. British Journal of Pharmacology. ISSN 0007-1188. 176(22), p. 4360–4372. doi: 10.1111/bph.14830. Full text in Research Archive
  • Torp, May-Kristin; Yang, Kuan; Ranheim, Trine; Lauritzen, Knut Husø; Alfsnes, Katrine & Vinge, Leif Erik [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2019). Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and the proteasome attenuates IL-1β expression in primary mouse cardiac fibroblasts. Frontiers in Immunology. ISSN 1664-3224. 10. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.01285. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lefevre, Sjannie; Stecyk, Jonathan Anthony William; Torp, May-Kristin; Løvold, Lisa Yuen; Sørensen, Christina & Johansen, Ida Beitnes [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2017). Re-oxygenation after anoxia induces brain cell death and memory loss in the anoxia-tolerant crucian carp. Journal of Experimental Biology. ISSN 0022-0949. 220(21), p. 3883–3895. doi: 10.1242/jeb.165118. Full text in Research Archive
  • Sokolova, Marina; Vinge, Leif Erik; Alfsnes, Katrine; Olsen, Maria Belland; Eide, Lars & Kaasbøll, Ole Jørgen [Show all 16 contributors for this article] (2017). Palmitate promotes inflammatory responses and cellular senescence in cardiac fibroblasts. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids. ISSN 1388-1981. 1862(2), p. 234–245. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2016.11.003.
  • Bliksøen, Marte; Mariero, Lars Henrik; Torp, May-Kristin; Baysa, Anton; Ytrehus, Kirsti & Haugen, Fred [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2016). Extracellular mtDNA activates NF-κB via toll-like receptor 9 and induces cell death in cardiomyocytes. Basic Research in Cardiology. ISSN 0300-8428. 111(42). doi: 10.1007/s00395-016-0553-6.

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  • Lefevre, Sjannie; Stecyk, Jonathan A. W.; Torp, May-Kristin & Nilsson, Göran Erik (2014). HOW TOLERANT IS AN ANOXIA-TOLERANT VERTEBRATE?

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Published Feb. 10, 2021 2:16 PM - Last modified Oct. 28, 2021 4:48 PM