Phage display and two competitive panning elution conditions were used to isolate Candida-specific single chain fragment variable (scFv) antibodies. An scFv phage library constructed from splenic lymphocytes of mice immunized by idiotypic vaccination with an HM-1 killer toxin (HM-1)-neutralizing monoclonal antibody (nmAb-KT) was used for panning against Candidaalbicans membrane fraction (CaMF). Key steps were specific elution conditions to separately release the bound phages with original antigen HM-1+HM-1 peptide 6 and CaMF. The positive phages were screened by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and after nucleotide sequencing, clone expression, and purification, clone scFv-C1 was selected for detailed characterization. The scFv-C1 showed IC(50) values for cell growth against various Candida species and Saccharomyces cerevisiae as 2.40 to 6.40microM and 2.20microM, respectively. By using surface plasmon resonance analysis, the scFv-C1 had a K(d) value of 3.09x10(-11)M to nmAb-KT, indicating a 260-fold higher affinity than for HM-1. These results showed the generated scFv-C1 mimicking HM-1-binding affinity to nmAb-KT and in vitro antifungal activity. We believe that the effectiveness of the competitive panning elution method and antigen-specific recombinant scFv antibodies obtained in this study are excellent candidates for antimycotic drugs.