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Imaging studies in blind subjects have consistently shown that sensory and cognitive tasks evoke activity in the occipital cortex, which is normally visual. The precise areas involved and degree of activation are dependent upon the cause and age of onset of blindness. Here, we investigated the cortical language network at rest and during an auditory covert(More)
Heterozygous, de novo, loss-of-function mutations in SOX2 have been shown to cause bilateral anophthalmia. Here we provide a detailed description of the clinical features associated with SOX2 mutations in the five individuals with reported mutations and four newly identified cases (including the first reported SOX2 missense mutation). The SOX2-associated(More)
The optic chiasm is one of the most popular models for studying axon guidance. Here axons make a key binary decision either to cross the midline to innervate the contralateral hemisphere or to remain uncrossed. In rodents, midline interactions between axons from the two eyes are critical for normal development, as early removal of one eye systematically(More)
The functional specialization of the human brain means that many regions are dedicated to processing a single sensory modality. When a modality is absent, as in congenital total blindness, 'visual' regions can be reliably activated by non-visual stimuli. The connections underlying this functional adaptation, however, remain elusive. In this study, using(More)
Schwannomas are common tumors of the nervous system and are frequently found in patients with neurofibromatosis (NF) 2. Although loss of heterozygosity in NF2 tumors suggests that the NF2 gene functions as a tumor suppressor gene, the NF2 gene shows amino acid sequence homology to structural proteins in one of which dominantly acting mutations have been(More)
Previous imaging studies of congenital blindness have studied individuals with heterogeneous causes of blindness, which may influence the nature and extent of cross-modal plasticity. Here, we scanned a homogeneous group of blind people with bilateral congenital anophthalmia, a condition in which both eyes fail to develop, and, as a result, the visual(More)
PURPOSE Anophthalmos, microphthalmos, and typical coloboma (AMC) form an interrelated spectrum of congenital eye anomalies that can cause significant visual loss and cosmetic disfigurement in children. This prospective study of children born in the United Kingdom was undertaken to determine the incidence of AMC diagnosed by ophthalmologists and to explore(More)
PURPOSE Seizures are noted in a significant proportion of cases of de novo, heterozygous, loss-of-function mutations in SOX2, ascertained because of severe bilateral eye malformations. We wished to determine the underlying cerebral phenotype in SOX2 mutation and to test the candidacy of SOX2 as a gene contributing to human epilepsies. METHODS We examined(More)
BACKGROUND The size of the vertebrate eye and the retina is likely to be controlled at several stages of embryogenesis by mechanisms that affect cell cycle length as well as cell survival. A mutation in the zebrafish out of sight (out) locus results in a particularly severe reduction of eye size. The goal of this study is to characterize the outm233 mutant,(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether 173 patients with microphthalmia, anophthalmia, and coloboma have mutations in the eye-development gene SIX6. METHODS The two exons of the SIX6 gene were amplified by PCR from patients' genomic DNA and directly sequenced to search for mutations. The PCR products of 75 patients were also analyzed by denaturing(More)