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X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is a heritable immunodeficiency disorder that is caused by a differentiation block leading to almost complete absence of B lymphocytes and plasma cells. The affected protein is a cytoplasmic protein tyrosine kinase, Bruton's agammaglobulinemia tyrosine kinase (Btk). Btk along with Tec, Itk and Bmx belong to a distinct family of protein kinases. These proteins contain five regions; PH, TH, SH3, SH2 and kinase domains. Mutations causing XLA may affect any of these domains. About 200 unique mutations have been identified and are collected in a mutation database, BTKbase. Here, we describle, the structure, function, and interactions of the affected signaling molecules in atomic detail.