atonal bHLH transcription factor 7
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From NCBI Gene:
This intronless gene encodes a member of the basic helix-loop-helix family of transcription factors, with similarity to Drosophila atonal gene that controls photoreceptor development. Studies in mice suggest that this gene plays a central role in retinal ganglion cell and optic nerve formation. Mutations in this gene are associated with nonsyndromic congenital retinal nonattachment. [provided by RefSeq, Dec 2011]
Transcription factor involved in the differentiation of retinal ganglion cells.
Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, autosomal recessive (PHPVAR): A developmental eye malformation associated with microphthalmia, cataract, glaucoma, and congenital retinal non-attachment. It is due to failure of the primary vitreous to regress in utero, resulting in the presence of a retrolental fibrovascular membrane with persistence of the posterior portion of the tunica vasculosa lentis and hyaloid artery. Disease manifestations range from a trivial remnant of hyaloid vessels to a dense fibrovascular mass causing lens opacity and retinal detachment. [MIM:221900]