The nucleus of the solitary tract (NST) provides an essential brainstem relay for three cranial nerves, coordinating highly complex sensory information. While other functions of the NST have received attention, its role in gustatory processing has received little. This work is the first reference on the NST devoted exclusively to gustatory processing. Compiling past and current research into a single volume, it documents the anatomy of the NST, explores the properties of synaptic transmitters and neurons in the NST, compares the gustatory NST with the caudal NST, and considers the challenge involved with identifying NST neural circuits, as well as other areas needing research.
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 Index