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Ph.D., 1983, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons M.A., 1981, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University B.A., 1977, New York University
Rohowsky-Kochan C, Davidow A, Dowling P, Cook SD., Increased frequency of canine distemper virus-
specific antibodies in multiple sclerosis. Brain Behav. 2021 Jan;11(1):e01920. doi: 10.1002/brb3.1920.
Epub 2020 Dec 10.PMID: 33300690
Magid-Bernstein J and Rohowsky-Kochan C. Human CD39+ Treg Cells Express Th17-Associated
Markers and Suppress IL-17 via a Stat3-Dependent Mechanism.
J Interferon Cytokine Res. 37:153-164, 2017 doi: 10.1089/jir.2016.0071. Epub 2017 Feb 24.
Hao, L, Sheng, Z, Potian, J, Deak, A, Rohowsky-Kochan C. and Routh VH. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)
and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF03B1) blunt the response of Neuropeptide Y/Agouti-related
peptide (NPY/AgRP) glucose inhibited (GI) neurons to decreased glucose. Brain Res. 2016 Jul 26.
pii: S0006-8993(16)30517-0. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.07.035. [Epub ahead of print].
Magid-Bernstein J, Mahajan, K, Lincoln, J, Ming X and Rohowsky-Kochan C. Case Report: Cytokine
CD4+T cell profiles of monozygotic twins with autism and divergent co-morbidities and drug
treatment. J of Child Neurology 30:386-390, 2015.
Joshi S, Pantalena LC, Liu XK, Gaffen SL, Liu H, Rohowsky-Kochan C, Ichiyama K, Yoshimura A,
Steinman L, Christakos S, Youssef S. 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 Ameliorates Th17 Autoimmunity Via
Transcriptional Modulation of IL-17A. Mol Cell Biol. 31:3653-3669, 2011.
Liu, H. and C. Rohowsky-Kochan. Interleukin-27-mediated suppression of human Th17 cells is
associated with activation of STAT1 and suppressor of cytokine signaling protein 1. J Interferon
Cytokine Res. 31:459-69, 2011.
Wang, J. Z. Lu, H-J. Gabius, C. Rohowsky-Kochan, R. Ledeen and G. Wu. Cross-linking of GM1
ganglioside by galectin-1 mediates regulatory T cell activity involving TRPC5 channel activation.
Possible role in suppressing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. . J. Immunol.182:4036-
Liu H, and C. Rohowsky-Kochan. Regulation of interleukin-17 in human CCR6+ effector memory T
cells. J Immunol. 180:7948-7957, 2008.
Xie X, G. Wu, ZH. Lu, C. Rohowsky-Kochan, RW. Ledeen. Presence of sodium-calcium
complex in the nuclear envelope of non-neural cells: nature of exchanger-GM1 interaction.
Neurochem Res. 29:2135-46, 2004.
Vitale, E., S. Cook, R. Sun, C. Specchia. K. Subramanian, M. Rocchi, D. Nathanson, M. Schwalb, M.
Devoto and C. Rohowsky-Kochan. Linkage analysis conditional on HLA status in a large North
American pedigree supports the presence of a multiple sclerosis susceptibility locus on chromosome
12p12. Human Molecular Genetics, 11: 295-300, 2002.
Areas Of Interest
Research in the laboratory focuses on the mechanisms that promote the differentiation of T
lymphocyte subsets and the mechanisms that regulate the immunological responses of T cells. We
are interested in strategies to manipulate these responses in clinically relevant areas such as
autoimmunity with an emphasis on neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and autism.
Recent studies have focused on studying the differentiation and regulation of human Th17 cells
and the cells regulating pathogenic Th17 responses as this subset may play a role in the
pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis and autism.