Major component of the transverse central element of synaptonemal complexes (SCS), formed between homologous chromosomes during meiotic prophase. Requires SYCP1 in order to be incorporated into the central element. May have a role in the synaptonemal complexe assembly, stabilization and recombination.
Belongs to the SYCE family.
Nucleus. Associates with chromatin. In prophase I stage of meiosis, localizes in the transverse central elements of the central region between lateral elements of the synaptonemal complexes. Found only where the chromosome cores are synapsed. Colocalizes with SYCE1 in the central elements.