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Dulcitol is important in studies related to cataract formation, hepatosplenµly and mental retardation. It is used as a substrate to identify, differentiate and characterize galactitol dehydrogenase(s). It is also used as a reference compound in analytical procedures developed to analyze sugar alcohols in plants and food.
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Kikuo Takeda.; Shiro Ikushima.; Junichi Okuzaki.; Satoru Watanabe.; Taketoshi Fujimoto.; Taketoshi Nakahara. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric determination of ultra-trace elements in electronic-grade water and chemicals using dulcitoly. Analytica Chimica Acta. 2001, 426 (1), 105-109.