Sophie Sokolow, Ph.D.

Mailing Address:
BOX 956919, 5-238 Factor Bldg
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Member, Brain Research Institute, CTSI

Dr. Sokolow has a broad background in pharmacology and neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), with specific training and expertise in molecular biology, clinical pharmacy and pharmacogenomics with emphasis in analyzing secondary data of drug response in the treatment of cognitive symptoms of AD and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Her current research project focuses on the discovery of genetic polymorphisms associated with response to AD medications, such as donepezil and other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest: Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacology and therapeutics, biomarkers, calcium signaling pathways.


A selected list of publications:

Sokolow Sophie, Li Xiaohui, Chen Lucia, Taylor Kent D, Rotter Jerome I, Rissman Robert A, Aisen Paul S, Apostolova Liana G   Deleterious Effect of Butyrylcholinesterase K-Variant in Donepezil Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD, 2017; 56(1): 229-237.
Casamassa Antonella, La Rocca Claudia, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz Andre, Matarese Giuseppe, Annunziato Lucio, Boscia Francesca   Ncx3 gene ablation impairs oligodendrocyte precursor response and increases susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis Glia, 2016; 64(7): 1124-37.
Sokolow Sophie, Henkins Kristen M, Bilousova Tina, Gonzalez Bianca, Vinters Harry V, Miller Carol A, Cornwell Lindsey, Poon Wayne W, Gylys Karen H   Pre-synaptic C-terminal truncated tau is released from cortical synapses in Alzheimer's disease Journal of neurochemistry, 2015; 133(3): 368-79.
Apostolova Liana G, Hwang Kristy S, Avila David, Elashoff David, Kohannim Omid, Teng Edmond, Sokolow Sophie, Jack Clifford R, Jagust William J, Shaw Leslie, Trojanowski John Q, Weiner Michael W, Thompson Paul M, Thompson Paul M   Brain amyloidosis ascertainment from cognitive, imaging, and peripheral blood protein measures Neurology, 2015; 84(7): 729-37.
Hohendanner Felix, Ljubojević Senka, MacQuaide Niall, Sacherer Michael, Sedej Simon, Biesmans Liesbeth, Wakula Paulina, Platzer Dieter, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz André, Antoons Gudrun, Sipido Karin, Pieske Burkert, Heinzel Frank R   Intracellular dyssynchrony of diastolic cytosolic [Ca²⁺] decay in ventricular cardiomyocytes in cardiac remodeling and human heart failure Circulation research, 2013; 113(5): 527-38.
Molinaro Pasquale, Cataldi Mauro, Cuomo Ornella, Viggiano Davide, Pignataro Giuseppe, Sirabella Rossana, Secondo Agnese, Boscia Francesca, Pannaccione Anna, Scorziello Antonella, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz André, Di Renzo Gianfranco, Annunziato Lucio   Genetically modified mice as a strategy to unravel the role played by the Na(+)/Ca (2+) exchanger in brain ischemia and in spatial learning and memory deficits Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 2013; 961: 213-22.
Henkins Kristen M, Sokolow Sophie, Miller Carol A, Vinters Harry V, Poon Wayne W, Cornwell Lindsey B, Saing Tommy, Gylys Karen Hoppens   Extensive p-tau pathology and SDS-stable p-tau oligomers in Alzheimer's cortical synapses Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland), 2012; 22(6): 826-33.
Pannaccione Anna, Secondo Agnese, Molinaro Pasquale, D'Avanzo Carla, Cantile Maria, Esposito Alba, Boscia Francesca, Scorziello Antonella, Sirabella Rossana, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz André, Di Renzo Gianfranco, Annunziato Lucio   A new concept: Aβ1-42 generates a hyperfunctional proteolytic NCX3 fragment that delays caspase-12 activation and neuronal death The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2012; 32(31): 10609-17.
Sokolow Sophie, Henkins Kristen M, Bilousova Tina, Miller Carol A, Vinters Harry V, Poon Wayne, Cole Gregory M, Gylys Karen Hoppens   AD synapses contain abundant Aβ monomer and multiple soluble oligomers, including a 56-kDa assembly Neurobiology of aging, 2012; 33(8): 1545-55.
Boscia F, D'Avanzo C, Pannaccione A, Secondo A, Casamassa A, Formisano L, Guida N, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz André, Annunziato L   Silencing or knocking out the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger-3 (NCX3) impairs oligodendrocyte differentiation Cell death and differentiation, 2012; 19(4): 562-72.
Sokolow Sophie, Henkins Kristen M, Williams Iris A, Vinters Harry V, Schmid Ingrid, Cole Gregory M, Gylys Karen H   Isolation of synaptic terminals from Alzheimer's disease cortex Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology, 2012; 81(3): 248-54.
Sokolow Sophie, Luu Sanh H, Nandy Karabi, Miller Carol A, Vinters Harry V, Poon Wayne W, Gylys Karen H   Preferential accumulation of amyloid-beta in presynaptic glutamatergic terminals (VGluT1 and VGluT2) in Alzheimer's disease cortex Neurobiology of disease, 2012; 45(1): 381-7.
Ringman John M, Schulman Howard, Becker Chris, Jones Ted, Bai Yuchen, Immermann Fred, Cole Gregory, Sokolow Sophie, Gylys Karen, Geschwind Daniel H, Cummings Jeffrey L, Wan Hong I   Proteomic changes in cerebrospinal fluid of presymptomatic and affected persons carrying familial Alzheimer disease mutations Archives of neurology, 2012; 69(1): 96-104.
Nguidjoe Evrard, Sokolow Sophie, Bigabwa Serge, Pachera Nathalie, D'Amico Eva, Allagnat Florent, Vanderwinden Jean-Marie, Sener Abdullah, Manto Mario, Depreter Marianne, Mast Jan, Joanny Geraldine, Montanya Eduard, Rahier Jacques, Cardozo Alessandra K, Eizirik Décio L, Schurmans Stéphane, Herchuelz André   Heterozygous inactivation of the Na/Ca exchanger increases glucose-induced insulin release, β-cell proliferation, and mass Diabetes, 2011; 60(8): 2076-85.
Molinaro Pasquale, Viggiano Davide, Nisticò Robert, Sirabella Rossana, Secondo Agnese, Boscia Francesca, Pannaccione Anna, Scorziello Antonella, Mehdawy Bisan, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz André, Di Renzo Gianfranco F, Annunziato Lucio   Na+ -Ca2+ exchanger (NCX3) knock-out mice display an impairment in hippocampal long-term potentiation and spatial learning and memory The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2011; 31(20): 7312-21.
Sokolow Sophie, Luu Sanh H, Headley Alison J, Hanson Alecia Y, Kim Taeree, Miller Carol A, Vinters Harry V, Gylys Karen H   High levels of synaptosomal Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchangers (NCX1, NCX2, NCX3) co-localized with amyloid-beta in human cerebral cortex affected by Alzheimer's disease Cell calcium, 2011; 49(4): 208-16.
Verwey N A, van der Flier W M, Blennow K, Clark C, Sokolow S, De Deyn P P, Galasko D, Hampel H, Hartmann T, Kapaki E, Lannfelt L, Mehta P D, Parnetti L, Petzold A, Pirttila T, Saleh L, Skinningsrud A, Swieten J C V, Verbeek M M, Wiltfang J, Younkin S, Scheltens P, Blankenstein M A   A worldwide multicentre comparison of assays for cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease Annals of clinical biochemistry, 2009; 46(Pt 3): 235-40.
Wehling-Henricks Michelle, Sokolow Sophie, Lee Jamie J, Myung Kyu H, Villalta S Armando, Tidball James G   Major basic protein-1 promotes fibrosis of dystrophic muscle and attenuates the cellular immune response in muscular dystrophy Human molecular genetics, 2008; 17(15): 2280-92.
Ringman J M, Younkin S G, Pratico D, Seltzer W, Cole G M, Geschwind D H, Rodriguez-Agudelo Y, Schaffer B, Fein J, Sokolow S, Rosario E R, Gylys K H, Varpetian A, Medina L D, Cummings J L   Biochemical markers in persons with preclinical familial Alzheimer disease Neurology, 2008; 71(2): 85-92.
Fein Jeffrey A, Sokolow Sophie, Miller Carol A, Vinters Harry V, Yang Fusheng, Cole Gregory M, Gylys Karen Hoppens   Co-localization of amyloid beta and tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease synaptosomes The American journal of pathology, 2008; 172(6): 1683-92.
Jeffs Graham J, Meloni Bruno P, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz Andre, Schurmans Stéphane, Knuckey Neville W   NCX3 knockout mice exhibit increased hippocampal CA1 and CA2 neuronal damage compared to wild-type mice following global cerebral ischemia Experimental neurology, 2008; 210(1): 268-73.
Molinaro Pasquale, Cuomo Ornella, Pignataro Giuseppe, Boscia Francesca, Sirabella Rossana, Pannaccione Anna, Secondo Agnese, Scorziello Antonella, Adornetto Annagrazia, Gala Rosaria, Viggiano Davide, Sokolow Sophie, Herchuelz Andre, Schurmans Stèphane, Di Renzo Gianfranco, Annunziato Lucio   Targeted disruption of Na+/Ca2+ exchanger 3 (NCX3) gene leads to a worsening of ischemic brain damage The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2008; 28(5): 1179-84.
Sokolow Sophie, Manto Mario, Gailly Philippe, Molgó Jordi, Vandebrouck Clarisse, Vanderwinden Jean-Marie, Herchuelz Andre, Schurmans Stéphane   Impaired neuromuscular transmission and skeletal muscle fiber necrosis in mice lacking Na/Ca exchanger 3 The Journal of clinical investigation, 2004; 113(2): 265-73.