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The Role of the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract in Gustatory Processing

1st Edition

Edited by Robert M. Bradley

CRC Press

158 pages | 4 Color Illus. | 70 B/W Illus.

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Providing an essential brainstem relay for three cranial nerves, the NST coordinates highly complex sensory information. While other functions of the NST have received attention, its role in gustatory processing has received little. The first reference devoted exclusively to gustatory processing, The Role of the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract in Gustatory Processing offers an in-depth review of one of the most important central relay stations in the brain.

Combining widely dispersed research into a comprehensive single volume, it presents a thorough historical background, documents the anatomy of the rostral nucleus of the solitary tract (rNST), and explores the properties of synaptic transmitters and neurons within that tract. The book examines the role of reflex activities and considers factors that influence how gustatory rNST neurons respond to taste stimuli. It describes the development and maturational changes the rNST undergoes and considers the challenge involved with identifying rNST neural circuits.

The Role of the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract in Gustatory Processing brings together expert investigators who have contributed substantially to the current knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and developmental biology of the solitary nucleus. This pertinent work serves as a standard reference for those involved in the field, providing ready access to past investigations and inviting practitioners to create new approaches that will advance knowledge about the central processing of gustatory information.


"The book starts out with an interesting and concise history of research on the NST and its first anatomical descriptions in the mid-19th century including some lovely reproductions of figures from these early works. Overall, this is an excellent compendium providing in one place, a summary of the state of research on the gustatory NST in rodents. It will be useful to those interested in this crucial first processing center for incoming gustatory information as well as for those interested in comparing this part of the nucleus with its more caudal reaches dealing with general visceral inputs."

— Thomas E. Finer, Department of Cell & Development Biology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver in Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, Volume 36 in 2008

Table of Contents

Historical Perspectives; Robert M. Bradley

Anatomy of the Rostral Nucleus of the Solitary Tract; Michael S. King

Neurotransmitters and Receptors Expressed by rNST Neurons; Robert M. Bradley and Michael S. King

Reflex Connections; Robert M. Bradley and Miwon Kim

Neural Coding in the Rnst; David V. Smith and Christian H. Lemon

Development and Plasticity of the Gustatory Portion of Nucleus of the Solitary Tract; David L. Hill and Olivia L. May

rNST Circuits; Robert M. Bradley


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Anatomy
MEDICAL / Gastroenterology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience