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  • Study identifies molecule that stimulates muscle-building

    Photo of researchers standing in a laboratory with equipment and supplements used in the study on the bench in front of them.

    U. of I. kinesiology graduate student Kevin Paulussen, left, kinesiology and community health professor Nicholas Burd and their colleagues found that dileucine – a peptide consisting of two leucines chemically bonded to one another – boosts the metabolic processes that promote muscle-building more than free leucine does.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Nicholas Burd, email

    The paper Dileucine ingestion is more effective than leucine in stimulating muscle protein turnover in young males: a double blind randomized controlled trial is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00295.2021