UMass Amherst team makes artificial energy source for muscle

Muscle physiologist Ned Debold and colleagues at UMass Amherst sought an alternative energy source to replace the body’s usual one, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Such a source could control muscle activity, and might lead to new muscle spasm-calming treatments in cerebral palsy, for example, or activate or enhance skeletal muscle function in MS, ALS and chronic heart failure. They report this month that they have made a series of synthetic compounds to serve as alternative energy sources for the muscle protein myosin.