Maya Gunasekera

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Recent emergence of dengue hemorrhagic fever in the Indian subcontinent has been well documented in Sri Lanka. We compare recent (2003-2006) and past (1980-1997) dengue surveillance data for Sri Lanka. The 4 dengue virus (DENV) serotypes have been cocirculating in Sri Lanka for >30 years. Over this period, a new genotype of DENV-1 has replaced an old(More)
Spontaneous splenic rupture is a rare but known complication of dengue fever. Previously reported cases have occurred early during the course of the disease and most cases have led to a fatal outcome. Here we report a case of spontaneous splenic rupture in a patient with dengue fever, which occurred during the recovery phase of the illness. A 28-year-old(More)
Covalently closed circular DNA molecules were isolated from Plasmodium falciparum total DNA by isopycnic centrifugation in CsCl gradients containing either ethidium bromide or 2',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole. The circular molecules had an average contour length of 11.1 +/- 0.5 micron, similar to the analogous molecules previously isolated from the simian(More)
The in vivo immunosuppressive properties of a novel, marine-derived compound, discodermolide, are reported here. Discodermolide was effective in suppressing the graft-versus-host splenomegaly response of BALB/c----CB6F1 (BALB/c X C57BL/6J)F1 grafted mice at 5.0, 2.5, and 1.25 mg/kg, when administered as daily, i.p. injections, for 7 days. Mice treated with(More)
A total of 1119 Anopheles culicifacies mosquitoes collected from various malaria endemic regions in Sri Lanka were examined using two DNA probes Rp217 and Rp234, which enable the differentiation of sibling species A from B and C species of An. culicifacies. Sibling species A was found to be absent.
The in vitro immunosuppressive properties of a novel, marine-derived compound, discodermolide, are reported here. Discodermolide suppressed the proliferative responses of splenocytes in the murine two-way mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) and concanavalin A stimulated cultures, with IC50 values of 0.24 microM and 0.19 microM, respectively. There was no(More)
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