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Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 245, Issue 3, pp 539–546 | Cite as

Sensory projections to the nucleus basalis prosencephali of the pigeon

  • Ulrich Schall
  • Onur Güntürkün
  • Juan D. Delius
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Summary

The afferent pathways to the nucleus basalis prosencephali of the pigeon were studied by use of the horseradish peroxidase (HRP) technique. It was confirmed that this nucleus receives a direct pathway from the nucleus sensorius principalis nervi trigemini and that, as in the starling, it receives a direct input from the nucleus lemnisci lateralis, pars ventralis, an auditory relay. Totally novel is the finding that the nucleus basalis prosencephali is the target of a direct pathway originating in the medullary nucleus vestibularis superior. All three pathways bypass the thalamus. From within the telencephalon the nucleus basalis prosencephali also receives fibres from the tuberculum olfactorium and the peri-ectostriatal belt, suggestive of olfactory and visual input. Marked cell bodies were also found in the neostriatum frontolaterale. It is assumed that these arose from HRP uptake by axons of the tractus fronto-archistriatalis that course through the nucleus basalis prosencephali to the anterodorsal archistriatum. Marked fibres and bouton-like formations were observed in the latter structure. The afferents to the nucleus basalis prosencephali are discussed in conjunction with the probable role of the nucleus as a sensorimotor coordinator of the pecking/feeding behaviour of the pigeon.

Key words

Nucleus basalis prosencephali Feeding system Sensorimotor circuit Retrograde tracing Pigeon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Schall
    • 1
  • Onur Güntürkün
    • 1
  • Juan D. Delius
    • 1
  1. 1.Experimentelle TierpsychologiePsychologisches Institut Ruhr-Universität BochumBochumBundesrepublik Deutschland

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