The Subthalamic Nucleus: New Data, New Questions

  • J. Féger
  • P. Robledo
  • N. Renwart
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 39)


Since the first ‘Basal Ganglia “ meeting, there has been a significant evolution in the knowledges concerning the subthalamic nucleus specially in relation to its importance and function. This new viewpoint is demonstrated in those diagrammatic representations so passionately used by basal ganglia addict people. For example, in 1983, the subthalamic nucleus was absent from the diagramms of basal ganglia function proposed by Penney and Young. In 1989, this structure is present in a central position (Albin et al.,1989). Today, the subthalamic nucleus is a well recognized structure among the basal ganglia. However, most diagramms are still published with a lot of arrows turning around a empty place where the subthalamic nucleus is like a ghost. Functionnaly, as it was claimed in a bright and premonitory formulation, now the subthalamic nucleus appears as an important driving force onto the basal ganglia (Kitai and Kita, 1987).


Basal Ganglion Substantia Nigra Brain Research Globus Pallidus Subthalamic Nucleus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Féger
    • 1
  • P. Robledo
    • 1
  • N. Renwart
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Pharmacologie Faculté des Sciences Pharmaceutiques et Biologiquesl’Université R.DescartesParis Cedex 06France

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