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A list of key readings about Brain development.
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Provides a commentary on Herculano-Houzel et al. (2008) and Rockel at al. (1980), citing the former as a convincing (albeit not surprising) refutation of the latter in which the cortical architecture was assumed to be basically uniform within a brain and across mammalian species.
  • Toro, R.; Perron, M.; Pike, B.; Richer, L.; Veillette, S.; Pausova, Z.; Paus, T. (2008). "Brain Size and Folding of the Human Cerebral Cortex.". Cereb Cortex: in press. DOI:10.1093/cercor/bhm261. Research Blogging.
  • Bystron, I.; Blakemore, C.; Rakic, P. (2008). "Development of the human cerebral cortex: Boulder Committee revisited". Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9: 110 - 122. DOI:10.1038/nrn2252. Research Blogging.
Demonstrates that motion relative to the extracellular matrix rather than cell migration in a strict sense is crucial for embryonic patterning.
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Quote: "Areas with more advanced functions – integrating information from the senses, reasoning and other ‘executive’ functions (e.g. prefrontal cortex) – matured last, in late adolescence. This sequence also provided evidence that phylogenetically older cortical areas mature earlier than the more recently evolved higher-order association cortices, which integrate information from earlier maturing cortex."
Demonstrates that neural precursor cells in ß-catenin-transgenic mice undergo more cell divisions before finally differentiating. This resulted in an increase of cortical surface area without an accompanying change in cortical thickness.

In comparison to rodents, "...substantially more total rounds of cell division elapsed during the prolonged neurogenetic period of the monkey cortex, providing a basis for increased cell production."

  • Van Essen, D.C. (1997). "A tension-based theory of morphogenesis and compact wiring in the central nervous system". Nature 385 (6614): 313-8. DOI:10.1038/385313a0. Research Blogging.