Wei-Ming Lee

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A total of 95 rodents and shrews including 82 Rattus norvegicus, 7 Rattus rattus, and 6 Suncus murinus were trapped from different localities of Taichung, Taiwan. The overall prevalence of parasites was 93.7%. The infection rates for R. norvegicus, R. rattus, and S. murinus were 93.9%, 85.7%, and 100%, respectively. The rats were infected with four(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of proteolytic enzymes that play a central role in degradation of protein components of the extracellular matrix and basement membrane. Previous studies have shown that MMP-2 and MMP-9 are present in human seminal plasma, but there is little information available on the presence of MMPs in canine seminal plasma.(More)
An ocular Thelazia callipaeda infestation was found in a male domestic dog in Taiwan during regular examination. This is the first report of the parasite from pet animal in Taiwan. The infested dog showed normal bodily condition but slight conjunctival congestion. This parasite has been reported in humans in southeast Asia, China and Korea. In 1998, first(More)
In Taiwan, Setaria digitata infection causes a lumber paralysis in increasing number of cattle. Culex quinquefasciatus is one of the predominant mosquitoes, and it has been suspected that C. quinquefasciatus acts as a vector to Setaria nematodes prevalence but this was not confirmed. C. quinquefasciatus, Aedes albopictus and A. aegypti of various strains(More)
The integrity of sperm progesterone (P4) receptor(s) and its response to steroid stimulation might be crucial for the maintenance of sperm fertilizing ability after cryopreservation. The aim of the current investigation was to study the effect of cryo-procedures on canine sperm P4 receptor(s). In addition, alteration of P4 receptor(s) at the molecular level(More)
Carbonic anhydrase (CA) family is discovered in various species including mammals, avians and even plants, but it is rarely reported in fishes. Ten Pond Loaches were used in this study. The results indicated that no evidence of distribution of CA in esophagus. Nonetheless CA was found in the mucosal epithelium of stomach and in the villous epithelium of(More)
Carbonic anhydrase (CA), a metallo-enzyme containing zinc, broadly distributes in mammalian tissues and participates in physiological regulation such as respiration, acid-base balance, ion transport, bone resorption, as well as the development of tumor by the reversible hydration of carbon dioxide. However the expression of CA in the tissue of mammary gland(More)
A 5-year-old female intact Mastiff dog was presented with a history of vaginal discharge for 1 day. Physical examination revealed a sanguineo-purulent vaginal discharge and systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Abdominal radiographs showed several dilated and gas- filled tubular loops. The differential diagnoses included emphysematous pyometra or small(More)
BACKGROUND In humans, the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) is frequently found in immune thrombocytopenia. The present study investigated whether aPL and any aPL subtypes are associated with canine thrombocytopenia, in particular, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (immune thrombocytopenia) that usually manifests with severe thrombocytopenia. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine effects of cranberry extract on development of urinary tract infection (UTI) in dogs and on adherence of Escherichia coli to Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells. ANIMALS 12 client-owned dogs (in vivo experiment) and 6 client-owned dogs (in vitro experiment). PROCEDURES 12 dogs with a history of recurrent UTI received an(More)