New findings discovered by Vanderbilt University researchers show that increasing acetylcholine in mice allows them to run twice as long when compared with normal mice.
Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter which allows contraction of muscles.
The findings can be found in Neuroscience and may help develop treatments for certain neuromuscular disorders.
For the study, researchers added a gene to mice helping increase protein production. This choline transporter is essential to many aspects of living, including breathing.
Researchers believed that providing more of the building protein to mice, they would also notice increase muscle function and lower levels of fatigue.
Specific drugs may help treat certain disorders as the drug can target specific neuromuscular functions and increase or decrease protein production.
Researchers explain that the human brain uses acetylcholine for nearly every function imaginable and drugs may help treat disorders such as muscular dystrophy, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and attention-defecit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).