Károly ELEKES, DSc

elekes.karoly [at] blki.hu
+36 87 448 244
+36 30 247 5388
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Research field: Role of chemosensory systems in adaptive behaviors of invertebrates

Keywords: chemoreception, sensory systems, gastropods, plant-animal interaction, behavior, adaptation, chemical-ecology


1. Peripheral and central representation and organization of chemosensory systems encoding environmental cues in developing and adult molluscan species (Dreissena polymorpha, Lymnaea stagnalis), with special attention to chemical signalization and intercellular connections.

2. Effect of attractive and repellent odorants as well as allelochemicals on the molecular receptor expression of sensory and efferent systems, as well as on the appearance of adaptive behavioral forms.

3. Intracellular signalization changes in the course of interaction between species (individual) and environment, with special attention to organ and cell level peptide-protein alterations evoked by different chemical stimuli.

Main profile in keywords: 
chemoreception, sensory systems, gastropods, plant-animal interaction, behavior, adaptation, chemical-ecology, comparative neurobiology
Selected publications:


Zrinyi Z, Maasz G, Zhang L, Vertes A, Lovas S, Kiss T, Elekes K, Pirger Z (2017): Effect of progesterone and its synthetic analogs on reproduction and embryonic development of a freshwater invertebrate model Aquatic Toxicology 190: 94-103.


Nacsa, K., Elekes, K., Serfőző, Z. (2015): Ultrastructural localization of NADPH diaphorase and nitric oxide synthase in the neuropils of the snail CNS Micron 75: pp. 58-66.


Battonyai I, Krajcs N, Serfőző Z, Kiss T, Elekes K (2014): Potassium channels in the central nervous system of the snail, Helix pomatia: localization and functional characterization Neuroscience 268 (2014) 87–101
Pirger Z, Battonyai I, Krajcs N, Elekes K, Kiss T (2014): Voltage-gated membrane currents in neurons involved in odor information processing in snail procerebrum BRAIN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 219:(2) pp. 673-82