I AM GLAD THIS QUESTION HAS FINALLY BEEN TESTED AND ANSWERED.
At the University of Arkansas a study was conducted on whether the timing of protein intake affects muscle strength, mass and function. It was a eight week trial . The authors found NO anabolic difference on protein timing. There are limitations to this study
The limitation is the study population-too small. The study was only 14 adults divided into two groups of 7 . One consumed protein during dinner only and the other group had protein throughout the day. There were measurements of lean body mass, whole body protein kinetics and muscle protein measured
Although the study showed no differences, I feel it needs to be studied with more patients and more dietary guidelines.