Chapter 1. Building the Caudal Forebrain Signaling Center
(Béatrice C. Durand, PhD, Developmental Biology Laboratory, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France)
Chapter 2. Contribution of the Basal Forebrain Nuclei to the Control of Cortical Activity in Rodents
(Irene Chaves-Coira, PhD, Jesús Martín-Cortecero, PhD, Margarita L Rodrigo-Angulo, PhD and Angel Nuñez,PhD, Department of Anatomía, Histología y Neurociencia. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Madrid. Spain, and others)
Chapter 3. The Role of Reelin in Cortex-Dependent Motor Function
(Mariko Nishibe and Yu Katsuyama, Graduate School of Dentistry Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, and others)
In this compilation, the authors provide an overview of neural plate pre-patterning and the concept of the organizing center, describing the contributions of informative cues and signaling pathways involved in zli positioning.
Continuing, The Forebrain: Development, Physiology and Functions aims to show the existence of specific neuronal populations in basal forebrain linking with specific sensory, motor and prefrontal cortices. In addition, the electrophysiological properties of cholinergic pathways that control cortical activity are examined.
In closing, the authors discuss the putative involvement of Reelin signal in motor-related impairments observed in neurological diseases, including lissencephaly, psychiatric disorders and brain injuries.