PPh<sub>3</sub> Mediated Reductive Annulation Reaction between Isatins and Electron Deficient Dienes to Construct Spirooxindole Compounds

A PPh<sub>3</sub> mediated reductive annulation reaction between isatins and 4,4-dicyano-2-methylenebut-3-enoates was developed. The reaction provided an alternative method for constructing five- and three-membered all-carbon spirooxindole compounds. Lithium chloride as a Lewis acid played a key role in the synthesis of spirocyclopentenyl oxindole compounds.