C2 domain first repeat found in Tac2-N (Tandem C2 protein in Nucleus)
Tac2-N contains two C2 domains and a short C-terminus including a WHXL motif, which are key in stabilizing transport vesicles to the plasma membrane by binding to a plasma membrane. However unlike the usual carboxyl-terminal-type (C-type) tandem C2 proteins, it lacks a transmembrane domain, a Slp-homology domain, and a Munc13-1-interacting domain. Homology search analysis indicate that no known protein motifs are located in its N-terminus, making Tac2-N a novel class of Ca2+-independent, C-type tandem C2 proteins. The C2 domain was first identified in PKC. C2 domains fold into an 8-standed beta-sandwich that can adopt 2 structural arrangements: Type I and Type II, distinguished by a circular permutation involving their N- and C-terminal beta strands. Many C2 domains are Ca2+-dependent membrane-targeting modules that bind a wide variety of substances including bind phospholipids, inositol polyphosphates, and intracellular proteins. Most C2 domain proteins are either signal transduction enzymes that contain a single C2 domain, such as protein kinase C, or membrane trafficking proteins which contain at least two C2 domains, such as synaptotagmin 1. However, there are a few exceptions to this including RIM isoforms and some splice variants of piccolo/aczonin and intersectin which only have a single C2 domain. C2 domains with a calcium binding region have negatively charged residues, primarily aspartates, that serve as ligands for calcium ions.