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n. pl. bru·cel·lae (-sĕl′ē) or bru·cel·las
Any of various aerobic, short, rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Brucella that are pathogenic to humans and domestic animals.

[After Sir David Bruce.]
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any of a genus of nonmotile bacteria that cause brucellosis
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Noun1.Brucella - an aerobic Gram-negative coccobacillus that causes brucellosis; can be used as a bioweapon
coccobacillus - a bacterial cell intermediate in morphology between a coccus and a bacillus; a very short bacillus
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The relation of erythritol usage to virulence in the brucellas. J.
Brucellosis is an important zoonotic and contagious bacterial disease caused by Brucella spp.
Also, the stealthy nature of Brucella can make it able to evade from pattern recognition receptors of the innate immune arm, which can lead to its escape from intracellular destruction and to eventually replicate within phagocytic cells.
In addition, its traffic into the cells is carried out in a Brucella Containing Vacuole (BCV), which interacts with early and lysosomal endosomes that acidify the BCV, promoting the expression of several virulence factors, such as the VirB type IV secretion system (SST4) [3].
CBPs were obtained from 60% methanol inactivated Brucella subjected to a treatment with a hypertonic salt solution (1 M NaCl and 0.1 M sodium citrate) for 24 h; then the bacterial suspension was subjected to sonication for 20 minutes and centrifuged to obtain the supernatant [26].