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An Introduction to Biochemistry by William Robert Fearon (Auth.)

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32-06. In plants, sulphur is universal and fairly uniformly distributed as proteins, organic sulphides, and inorganic sulphates. Values range from about 0-01 to 0·2 per cent, of fresh material. In higher animals, the sulphur value depends largely on the amount of scleroprotein present. Thus, mammalian muscle has about 0-2 per cent, total sulphur ; skin, hair, feathers, and other epidermal structures may have up to ten times as much. The sulphur content of foods has been surveyed by Masters and McCance (1939).

As a class, inorganic compounds are non-combustible, and, with the exception of the carbonates, do not contain carbon. Bio-organic compounds, on the other hand, are combustible, and all contain carbon and hydrogen. Animal and vegetable ash after complete incineration is composed entirely of inorganic salts and oxides, and such compounds were the first investigated. Subsequently, analyses were made of tissue extracts and secretions after separation of organic compounds by dialysis or precipitation.

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