Nasser Ezzatkhah Bastani

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Phone +47 22851538
Room 3104
Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Etg.2 0372 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1046 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

I work on several research projects in clinical nutrition research linked to the research groups:

  • Food and oxidative stress
  • Vitamin B, amino acids and obesity

I have long working experience with chromatographic methods and I am academic manager for the analytical facility at the department of nutrition science. My main task is to analyze and investigate new biomarkers related to diet and health (cancer, obesity and other diseases).


  • 5-year Master's Program in Clinical Nutrition: ERN4120
  • GE1 / GM1 (Chemistry / Biochemistry), Atlantis Medical College, Oslo, Norway

Academic interests

  • Metabolomics (targeted / untargeted)
  • Amino acids
  • Chromatography and analytical chemistry; CE, HPLC, GC, GC -MS, LC-MS-MS Q-TOF and HRMS (Orbitrap)



  • 2013: Dr. Philos, (supervisor Prof. Rune Blomhoff), Department of Nutrition Science, University of Oslo
  • 1997: Cand. Scient. (Chemistry / Biotechnology), University of Bergen


  • Nichenametla, Sailendra N.; Mattocks, Dwight A.L.; Cooke, Diana; Midya, Vishal; Malloy, Virginia L. & Mansilla, Wilfredo [Show all 18 contributors for this article] (2022). Cysteine restriction-specific effects of sulfur amino acid restriction on lipid metabolism. Aging Cell. ISSN 1474-9718. doi: 10.1111/acel.13739.
  • Telle-Hansen, Vibeke; Gaundal, Line; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Rud, Ida; Byfuglien, Marte G. & Gjøvaag, Terje [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2022). Replacing saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids increases the abundance of Lachnospiraceae and is associated with reduced total cholesterol levels-a randomized controlled trial in healthy individuals. Lipids in Health and Disease. ISSN 1476-511X. 21:92, p. 1–13. doi: 10.1186/s12944-022-01702-1.
  • Wik, Jonas Aakre; Chowdhury, Azazul Islam; Kolan, Shrikant Shantilal; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Li, Gaoyang & Grimolizzi, Franco [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2022). Endogenous glutamine is rate-limiting for anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 induced CD4+ T-cell proliferation and glycolytic activity under hypoxia and normoxia. Biochemical Journal. ISSN 0264-6021.
  • Wu, Yuanyuan; Smith, A. David; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Kwok, Timothy (2022). The dihydrofolate reductase 19-bp deletion modifies the beneficial effect of B-vitamin therapy in mild cognitive impairment: Pooled study of two randomized placebo-controlled trials. Human Molecular Genetics. ISSN 0964-6906. 31(7), p. 1151–1158. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddab246.
  • Elshorbagy, Amany K.; Turner, Cheryl; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Kwok, Timothy (2022). The association of serum sulfur amino acids and related metabolites with incident diabetes: a prospective cohort study. European Journal of Nutrition. ISSN 1436-6207. doi: 10.1007/s00394-022-02872-5.
  • Bøhn, Siv Kjølsrud; Myhrstad, Mari; Thoresen, Magne; Erlund, Iris; Vasstrand, Ann Kristin & Marciuch, Anne [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2021). Bilberry/red grape juice decreases plasma biomarkers of inflammation and tissue damage in aged men with subjective memory impairment –a randomized clinical trial. BMC Nutrition. ISSN 2055-0928. 7. doi: 10.1186/s40795-021-00482-8. Full text in Research Archive
  • Olsen, Thomas; Øvrebø, Bente; Turner, Cheryl; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Vinknes, Kathrine (2021). Effects of short-term methionine and cysteine restriction and enrichment with polyunsaturated fatty acids on oral glucose tolerance, plasma amino acids, fatty acids, lactate and pyruvate: results from a pilot study. BMC Research Notes. ISSN 1756-0500. 14(43). doi: 10.1186/s13104-021-05463-5. Full text in Research Archive
  • Koivisto-Mørk, Anu; Paur, Ingvild; Paulsen, Gøran; Garthe, Ina; Raastad, Truls & Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2020). Dietary Adjustments to Altitude Training in Elite Endurance Athletes; Impact of a Randomized Clinical Trial With Antioxidant-Rich Foods. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. ISSN 2624-9367. 2. doi: 10.3389/fspor.2020.00106. Full text in Research Archive
  • Olsen, Thomas; Turner, Cheryl; Øvrebø, Bente; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Vinknes, Kathrine (2020). Postprandial effects of a meal low in sulfur amino acids and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to a meal high in sulfur amino acids and saturated fatty acids on stearoyl CoA-desaturase indices and plasma sulfur amino acids: a pilot study. BMC Research Notes. ISSN 1756-0500. 13. doi: 10.1186/s13104-020-05222-y. Full text in Research Archive
  • Olsen, Thomas; Øvrebø, Bente; Haj Yasein, Nadia; Lee-Ødegård, Sindre; Svendsen, Karianne & Hjorth, Marit [Show all 11 contributors for this article] (2020). Effects of dietary methionine and cysteine restriction on plasma biomarkers, serum fibroblast growth factor 21, and adipose tissue gene expression in women with overweight or obesity: a double-blind randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Translational Medicine. ISSN 1479-5876. 18(122). doi: 10.1186/s12967-020-02288-x. Full text in Research Archive
  • Henjum, Sigrun; Manger, Mari Skar; Hampel, Daniela; Brantsæter, Anne Lise; Shahab-Ferdows, Setareh & Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2020). Vitamin B12 concentrations in milk from Norwegian women during the six first months of lactation. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. ISSN 0954-3007. 74(5), p. 749–756. doi: 10.1038/s41430-020-0567-x. Full text in Research Archive
  • Koivisto, Anu; Olsen, Thomas; Paur, Ingvild; Paulsen, Gøran; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah & Garthe, Ina [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2019). Effects of antioxidant-rich foods on altitude-induced oxidative stress and inflammation in elite endurance athletes: A randomized controlled trial. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. 14(6). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217895. Full text in Research Archive
  • Olsen, Thomas; Øvrebø, Bente; Turner, Cheryl; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Vinknes, Kathrine (2018). Combining Dietary Sulfur Amino Acid Restriction with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake in Humans: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Nutrients. ISSN 2072-6643. 10(12), p. 1–15. doi: 10.3390/nu10121822. Full text in Research Archive
  • Koivisto, Anu; Paulsen, Gøran; Paur, Ingvild; Garthe, Ina; Tønnessen, Espen & Raastad, Truls [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2018). Antioxidant-rich foods and response to altitude training: A randomized controlled trial in elite endurance athletes. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. ISSN 0905-7188. 28(9), p. 1982–1995. doi: 10.1111/sms.13212.
  • Holm, Maia Blomhoff; Kristiansen, Oddrun; Holme, Ane Moe; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Horne, Hildegunn & Blomhoff, Rune [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2018). Placental release of taurine to both the maternal and fetal circulations in human term pregnancies. Amino Acids. ISSN 0939-4451. 50(9), p. 1205–1214. doi: 10.1007/s00726-018-2576-9. Full text in Research Archive
  • Holm, Maia Blomhoff; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Holme, Ane Moe; Zucknick, Manuela; Jansson, Thomas & Refsum, Helga [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2017). Uptake and release of amino acids in the fetal-placental unit in human pregnancies. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. 12(10). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185760. Full text in Research Archive
  • Hanvold, Susanna; Vinknes, Kathrine; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Turner, Cheryl; Løken, Elin Bjørge & Mala, Tom [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2017). Plasma amino acids, adiposity, and weight change after gastric bypass surgery: are amino acids associated with weight regain? European Journal of Nutrition. ISSN 1436-6207. p. 1–9. doi: 10.1007/s00394-017-1533-9.
  • Stea, Tonje Holte; Berntsen, Solvor; Berntsen, Sveinung; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Paulsen, Gøran & Seiler, Hilde Lohne [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2016). Effect of Omega-3 and Vitamins e + C Supplements on the Concentration of Serum B-Vitamins and Plasma Redox Aminothiol Antioxidant Status in Elderly Men after Strength Training for Three Months. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. ISSN 0250-6807. 68(2), p. 145–155. doi: 10.1159/000443847.
  • Bjørnsen, Thomas; Salvesen, Svein; Berntsen, Sveinung; Hetlelid, Ken Joar; Stea, Tonje Holte & Seiler, Hilde Lohne [Show all 16 contributors for this article] (2015). Vitamin C and E supplementation blunts increases in total lean body mass in elderly men after strength training. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. ISSN 0905-7188. 26(7). doi: 10.1111/sms.12506.
  • Sakhi, Amrit Kaur; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Ellingjord-Dale, Merete; Gundersen, Thomas Erik; Blomhoff, Rune & Ursin, Giske (2015). Feasibility of self-sampled dried blood spot and saliva samples sent by mail in a population-based study. BMC Cancer. ISSN 1471-2407. 15(1). doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1275-0. Full text in Research Archive
  • Kolberg, Marit; Pedersen, Sigrid; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Carlsen, Harald; Blomhoff, Rune & Paur, Ingvild (2015). Tomato Paste Alters NF-κB and Cancer-Related mRNA Expression in Prostate Cancer Cells, Xenografts, and Xenograft Microenvironment. Nutrition and Cancer. ISSN 0163-5581. 67(2), p. 305–315. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2015.990575.
  • Svendsen, Mette; Tonstad, Serena; Heggen, Eli; Pedersen, Terje Rolf; Seljeflot, Ingebjørg & Bøhn, Siv Kjølsrud [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2015). The effect of kiwifruit consumption on blood pressure in subjects with moderately elevated blood pressure: A randomized, controlled study. Blood Pressure. ISSN 0803-7051. 24(1), p. 48–54. doi: 10.3109/08037051.2014.976979.
  • Dizdarevic, Lili Leko; Biswas, Dipankar; Uddin, Main; Jørgensen, Aud Jeanette; Falch, Eva & Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2014). Inhibitory effects of kiwifruit extract on human platelet aggregation and plasma angiotensin-converting enzyme activity. Platelets. ISSN 0953-7104. 25(8), p. 567–575. doi: 10.3109/09537104.2013.852658.
  • Cumming, Kristoffer Toldnes; Raastad, Truls; Holden, Geir; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Schneeberger, Damaris & Paronetto, Maria Paola [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2014). Effects of vitamin C and E supplementation on endogenous antioxidant systems and heat shock proteins in response to endurance training. Physiological Reports. ISSN 2051-817X. 2(10). doi: 10.14814/phy2.12142.
  • Paulsen, Gøran; Cumming, Kristoffer T.; Holden, Geir; Hallén, Jostein; Rønnestad, Bent & Sveen, Ole [Show all 19 contributors for this article] (2014). Vitamin C and E supplementation hampers cellular adaptation to endurance training in humans: a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Journal of Physiology. ISSN 0022-3751. 592(8), p. 1887–1901. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.267419.
  • Bilbija, Dusan; Elmabsout, Ali Ateia; Sagave, Julia Fritzi; Haugen, Fred; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah & Dahl, Christen Peder [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2014). Expression of retinoic acid target genes in coronary artery disease. International Journal of Molecular Medicine. ISSN 1107-3756. 33(3), p. 677–686. doi: 10.3892/ijmm.2014.1623.
  • Kvaavik, Elisabeth; Totland, Torunn Holm; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Råberg Kjøllesdal, Marte Karoline; Tell, Grethe S & Andersen, Lene Frost (2014). Do smoking and fruit and vegetable intake mediate the association between socio-economic status and plasma carotenoids? European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 24(4), p. 685–690. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt081. Full text in Research Archive
  • Haj-Yasein, Nadia Nabil; Dalen, Knut Tomas; Berg, Ole; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Refsum, Helga & Nebb, Hilde Irene (2013). Low Cysteine Interferes With PPARγ Activity And Reduces Adipocyte Differentiation. The Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease (JIMD). ISSN 0141-8955. 36. doi: 10.1007/s10545-013-9631-1.
  • Azqueta, Oscoz Amaya; Costa, Solange; Lorenzo, Yolanda Corrales; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah & Collins, Andrew Richard (2013). Vitamin C in Cultured Human (HeLa) Cells: Lack of Effect on DNA Protection and Repair. Nutrients. ISSN 2072-6643. 5(4), p. 1200–1217. doi: 10.3390/nu5041200.
  • Bilbija, Dusan; Haugen, Fred; Sagave, Julia Fritzi; Baysa, Anton; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah & Levy, Finn Olav [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2012). Retinoic Acid Signalling Is Activated in the Postischemic Heart and May Influence Remodelling. PLOS ONE. ISSN 1932-6203. 7(9). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044740.
  • Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Kostovski, Emil; Sakhi, Amrit Kaur; Karlsen, Anette; Carlsen, Monica Hauger & Hjeltnes, Nils [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2012). Reduced Antioxidant Defense and Increased Oxidative Stress in Spinal Cord Injured Patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0003-9993. 93(12), p. 2223–2228. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.06.021.
  • Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Gundersen, Thomas Erik & Blomhoff, Rune (2012). Dried blood spot (DBS) sample collection for determination of the oxidative stress biomarker 8-epi-PGF2a in humans using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. ISSN 0951-4198. 26(6), p. 645–652. doi: 10.1002/rcm.6149.
  • Karlsen, Anette; Svendsen, Mette; Seljeflot, Ingebjørg; Sommernes, Mary-Ann; Sexton, Joseph & Brevik, Asgeir [Show all 23 contributors for this article] (2011). Compliance, tolerability and safety of two antioxidant-rich diets: a randomised controlled trial in male smokers. British Journal of Nutrition. ISSN 0007-1145. 106(4), p. 557–571. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511000353.
  • Sakhi, Amrit Kaur; Russnes, Kjell Magne; Thoresen, Magne; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Karlsen, Anette & Smeland, Sigbjørn [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2009). Pre-radiotherapy plasma carotenoids and markers of oxidative stress are associated with survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients: a prospective study. BMC Cancer. ISSN 1471-2407. 9(1).
  • Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Gundersen, Thomas Erik & Blomhoff, Rune (2009). Determination of 8-epi PGF(2 alpha) concentrations as a biomarker of oxidative stress using triple-stage liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. ISSN 0951-4198. 23(18), p. 2885–2890. doi: 10.1002/rcm.4197.
  • Gundersen, Thomas Erik; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah & Blomhoff, Rune (2007). Quantitative high-throughput determination of endogenous retinoids in human plasma using triple-stage liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. ISSN 0951-4198. 21. doi: 10.1002/rcm.2946.

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  • Rangel-Huerta, Oscar Daniel; Paur, Ingvild; Bastani, Nasser Ezzatkhah; Bøhn, Siv Kjølsrud; Lilleby, Wolfgang & Smeland, Sigbjørn [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2017). Association between amino acids, biomarkers of prostate cancer and inflammation in Norwegian prostate cancer patients.
  • Sakhi, Amrit Kaur; Bøhn, Siv Kjølsrud; Kvendbø, Eva; Helle, Christine; Garthe, Ina & Erlund, Iris [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2009). Effect of blueberry and red grape juice on plasma antioxidants, inflammation, oxidative- and muscle damage biomarkers in elite athletes practicing endurance training.
  • Bøhn, Siv Kjølsrud; Myhrstad, Mari Charlotte; Thoresen, Magne; Marciuch, Anne; Vasstrand, Ann kristin & Carlsen, Monica Hauger [Show all 13 contributors for this article] (2009). Effect of berry and grape polyphenols on cognition and blood parameters in normal, aged men with subjective memory decline.

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