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I have a couple of questions regarding the nuclei in the pons, thus I figured it would be best to frame the main question in the way that I did.

My main question, however, is whether the basal pontine nuclei is part of the "cranial nerve nuclei" in the pons or is a separate pontine entity.

Quoting Kandel's Principles of Neural Science (2013),

The ventral portion of the pons contains the pontine nuclei, groups of neurons that relay information about movement and sensation from the cerebral cortex to the cerebellum.

Quoting Carlson's Physiology of Behavior (2013),

The pons contains, in its core, a portion of the reticular formation, including some nuclei that appear to be important in sleep and arousal. It also contains a large nucleus that relays information from the cerebral cortex to the cerebellum.

And while Wikipedia might not be the best source of information all the time, I must quote a few relevant portions which is causing me confusion,

A number of cranial nerve nuclei are present in the pons:

mid-pons: the 'chief' or 'pontine' nucleus of the trigeminal nerve sensory nucleus (V)

mid-pons: the motor nucleus for the trigeminal nerve (V)

lower down in the pons: abducens nucleus (VI)

lower down in the pons: facial nerve nucleus (VII)

lower down in the pons: vestibulocochlear nuclei (vestibular nuclei and cochlear nuclei) (VIII)

I now have broken information about these different kinds of nuclei but I do not know whether the basal pontine nuclei is a part of the cranial nerve nuclei or not.

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