Articles by Molly E. Payne in JoVE
Characterization of Synthetic Polymers via Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry Molly E. Payne1, Scott M. Grayson1 1Department of Chemistry, Tulane University A protocol for the matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) characterization of synthetic polymers is described including the optimization of sample preparation, spectral acquisition, and data analysis.
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Congenital Glaucoma and Neurofibromatosis in a Monozygotic Twin: Case Report and Review of the Literature Journal of Child Neurology. | Pubmed ID: 12940659 We describe a dramatic case of an identical twin presenting at birth with unilateral congenital glaucoma. Because of the suspicion of neurofibromatosis 1 a magnetic resonance image of the neural axis was obtained, which revealed a plexiform neurofibroma with spinal cord impingement. Diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 1 was confirmed by 3 months of age with the emergence of café-au-lait spots. This case was compared with all 19 reports published in the English literature of neurofibromatosis 1 associated with congenital glaucoma. Initial presentation, family history, characteristics ofthe clinical syndrome, and outcome of glaucoma in infants with neurofibromatosis 1 and congenital glaucoma were reviewed. A plexiform neurofibroma of the ipsilateral eyelid was present in eight patients and ipsilateral facial hypertrophy occurred in three patients. Café-au-lait spots appeared between the ages of 5 weeks and 8 years; none of the patients were reported to have café-au-lait spots at birth. Newborns with unilateral congenital glaucoma should raise high suspicion for neurofibromatosis 1 and its associated findings, which might need immediate intervention.
The Synthesis of Cyclic Poly(ethylene Imine) and Exact Linear Analogues: An Evaluation of Gene Delivery Comparing Polymer Architectures Journal of the American Chemical Society. | Pubmed ID: 25927655 The delivery of genetic material to cells offers the potential to treat many genetic diseases. Cationic polymers, specifically poly(ethylene imine) (PEI), are promising gene delivery vectors due to their inherent ability to condense genetic material and successfully affect its transfection. However, PEI and many other cationic polymers also exhibit high cytotoxicity. To systematically study the effect of polymer architecture on gene delivery efficiency and cell cytotoxicity, a set of cyclic PEIs were prepared for the first time and compared to a set of linear PEIs of the exact same molecular weight. Subsequent in vitro transfection studies determined a higher transfection efficiency for each cyclic PEI sample when compared to its linear PEI analogue in addition to reduced toxicity relative to the branched PEI "gold standard" control. These results highlight the critical role that the architecture of PEI can play in both optimizing transfection and reducing cell toxicity.