Charitha L Goonasekara

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Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world. Ventricular arrhythmias are reportedly responsible for the majority of sudden cardiac deaths and atrial fibrillation is responsible for 15% of all strokes in the USA. Recent evidence suggests a role for cholesterol in the development of these arrhythmias. In addition to(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the antinociceptive potential of leaves of Ixora coccinea (family: Rubeaceae). One of four doses (500, 750, 1000 or 1500 mg/kg, n = 8/dose) of aqueous leaf extract (ALE) or 1 ml of distilled water was orally administered to male rats and antinociceptive activity was ascertained using three models ofnociception (tail(More)
The transfection of cardiac myocytes is difficult, and so most of the data regarding the regulation of trafficking and targeting of cardiac ion channels have been obtained using heterologous expression systems. Here we apply the fast biolistic transfection procedure to adult cardiomyocytes to show that biolistically introduced exogenous voltage-gated(More)
We have investigated the role of the kinesin I isoform Kif5b in the trafficking of a cardiac voltage-gated potassium channel, Kv1.5. In Kv1.5-expressing HEK293 cells and H9c2 cardiomyoblasts, current densities were increased from control levels of 389 +/- 50.0 and 317 +/- 50.3 pA pF(1), respectively, to 614 +/- 74.3 and 580 +/- 90.9 pA pF(1) in cells(More)
Barringtonia racemosa Linn. (Family Lecythidaceae) possess several bioactivities and is used in traditional medicine of Sri Lanka, but its analgesic potential has not been investigated so far. The aim of this study was therefore to examine the antinociceptive potential of an aqueous bark extract (500, 750, 1000 or 1500 mg/kg) of B. racemosa in male rats(More)
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