Slp (Synaptotagmin-Like Protein)
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Synaptotagmin-like proteins (Slps) were originally identified as synaptotagmin-related molecules containing two C2 calcium/phospholipid-binding motifs (named the C2A domain and the C2B domain) at their C terminus and no transmembrane domain at their N terminus (Fig. 1a), which suggested that they regulate certain intracellular membrane traffic events, the same as synaptotagmin I (Syt I) does in synaptic vesicle traffic (Fukuda and Mikoshiba 2001). The Slp family of proteins is now defined as a family of proteins, each of which contains an N-terminal conserved motif named the Slp homology domain (SHD) (Fig. 1a, magenta boxes) and C-terminal tandem C2 domains, although some members of the Slp family have several isoforms (e.g., Slp2-b, Slp3-b, and Slp4-b) that lack one of these domains because of alternative splicing (Fig. 1a, bars and arrows) (Fukuda et al. 2001). The Slp family is also recognized as the third group...
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